Shop­pers urged to shop wisely for Christ­mas

The Borneo Post - - SOCIETY -

MIRI: With Christ­mas just around the corner, most malls as well as su­per­mar­kets are al­ready putting up their dis­counts and pro­mo­tional ban­ners to at­tract cus­tomers.

“Christ­mas can be a very ex­cit­ing time to shop but some­times we could get car­ried away and end up over spend­ing,” said Ki­jan Toyn­bee, a for­mer po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to the Chief Min­is­ter when met re­cently.

Ac­cord­ing to her, it is im­por­tant to shop ac­cord­ing to your means and not to be in­flu­enced by ad­ver­tise­ments or promotions you see on the tele­vi­sion or ban­ners.

“I be­lieve Christ­mas is about cel­e­brat­ing to­gether with your fam­ily and friends and not about what you have in your house or serve on your ta­ble.

“Your fam­ily and friends come to visit you on Christ­mas, not to see what you have in your house. They visit you be­cause they ap­pre­ci­ate you as their fam­ily mem­ber and as their friend,” she said.

In view of the ris­ing price of goods and es­sen­tials, Ki­jan urged those do­ing their Christ­mas shop­ping to spend wisely and only make nec­es­sary pur­chases.

“Es­pe­cially par­ents with school go­ing chil­dren, they will have to spend again be­fore the start of next year, to buy school items and uni­forms for their chil­dren.

“So it would be bet­ter for them to spend wisely and put aside some money to buy their chil­dren’s school ac­ces­sories. If not, they will feel bur­dened when they have to spend again be­fore the end of the year. Per­haps they could list out what they re­ally need be­fore go­ing shop­ping so that they do not end up buy­ing un­nec­es­sary things,” she urged.

Ki­jan added that Christ­mas is the best time for fam­i­lies to get to­gether and the fo­cus should be on hav­ing a qual­ity time with one an­other, not to show-off to each other what they have.

She pointed out that a sim­ple Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion would still be mean­ing­ful if it is cel­e­brated with a grate­ful heart and in the spirit of tol­er­ance, love and hu­mil­ity.

To those plan­ning to go back to their vil­lages to cel­e­brate the birth of the Lord Je­sus Christ, she ad­vised them to plan their jour­ney prop­erly.

Ki­jan re­cently or­gan­ised a preChrist­mas gath­er­ing for Orang Ulu women as well as their friends and fam­ily mem­bers at Dy­nasty Ho­tel here. Te­lang Usan assem­bly­man Den­nis Ngau was among about 100 guests at the event.

“I am very happy with the turnout. Many Orang Ulu came be­cause it was an op­por­tu­nity for them to see each other. On other days, they are busy with other rou­tines and also work.

“We hope to make the event big­ger in the fu­ture and gather more mem­bers of the Orang Ulu com­mu­nity, so that ev­ery­one can have the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Christ­mas to­gether,” she said.

Ki­jan (third row, seated fourth left) with Orang Ulu women who at­tended the re­cently held preChrist­mas gath­er­ing.

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