JOHOR BARU: A senior citizen is not looking forward to the Chinese New Year because it only reminds her of how lonely she is.
Tan Ji Kuay, 69, who lives alone on the ground floor of the Sri Stulang Flats here, said she would treat the festive season like any other day because she had no one to celebrate it with.
"My only son is all grown up and has his own family to spend Chinese New Year with.
"Nobody wants to spend the festive occasion with an old lady like me," she said.
Tan, a divorcee, said she planned to stay at home during the festive season because she had difficulties moving around after undergoing a kneecap replacement surgery about three years ago.
She suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol and she needs to take more than 10 pills daily.
"It is all right as I have gotten used to being alone and taking care of myself," said Tan, who walks with the help of a walking stick.
Tan was one of the 210 from the Johor Baru parliamentary area who received Chinese New Year goodies and ang pow handed out by Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad here yesterday.
Another recipient, retired petrol pump attendant Ng Chee Meng, 70, was surprised by the size of the goodie bag when it was presented to him during the ceremony.
"There are so many different types of cookies and flavoured drinks. I think it will last me for a whole year," said the bachelor with a laugh.