From ‘勿洛小贩中心大头娃贺年 公众：毛骨悚然’, 5 Feb 2011, article in omy.sg (LHWB)
Translation: Patrons at a Bedok Hawker centre are creeped out by ‘big head dolls’ set up to bring festive cheer, complaining that these are more suited for the Seventh Month celebrations instead of the Lunar New Year.
Well, blame the Chucky franchise for turning what were once objects of affection into pagan idols for devil worship. Creepiness aside, it just seems awkward to hang these things from a ceiling, what with those intensely scary peepers staring down at you while you eat your bak chor mee. Just those red and yellow pineapples would do really, but to complain about dolls looming over you on the first few days of the New Year instead of spending meaningful moments with family is as absurd as queuing up for hours for bak kwa which you could otherwise get easily (and cheaply) on every other day of the year. We don’t see evil dolls lurking around even during the seventh month, where the real spine tingling action usually happens on the getai stage itself. If they’re not frightening little children and damning all luck and prosperity to hell at hawker centres, they’re getting parents agitated for being too sexy as well.
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