This year, CNY will fall on 3 Feb (Thu). With 1 Feb being a public holiday for Federal Territory- Kuala Lumpur, many would be taking the 2 Feb off and will then be able to enjoy the long holidays from 1 Feb to 6 Feb. Therefore, tourist visiting Malaysia would need to note that it would be more difficult to get tickets from 30 Jan onwards as many would start to take leave to go back to their hometowns. Usually, there would be no discount for flights and bus /train tickets departing from Kuala Lumpur would be hard to get.
On the other hand, around Sunday, 6 Feb till 8 Feb, people would be coming back to Kuala Lumpur from various towns across Malaysia. As such, it would also not be easy to get tickets to Kuala Lumpur during that duration.
In recent years, Kuala Lumpur no longer looked like a ghost town during CNY when everyone went back to their hometowns to celebrate. The malls are generally packed as usual as many people prefer spending CNY shopping. I remember when I was young, the roads were so clear during CNY- a huge difference than now.
I guess it is because many people had settled in KL, buying nice houses and making KL their homes. Usually their parents may come down here instead and take time to do sightseeing.
Whatever it is, I do hope that working adults would not neglect to go back to see their parents during CNY. It is the time of the year where your presence means a lot to them. They may tell you that it’s okay if you are busy or cannot make the time but deep down, they are very saddened and lonely- especially if surrounding houses become abuzz with activities. Therefore doing the festive session, please do not forget them- we would not know how many years we have with them and the gratitude that they have done to raise us up usually cannot be repay.