Chryseis Tan (陈雪铃) threw an extravagant baby reveal party last week at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Kuala Lumpur.
The expecting mum and Faliq Nasimuddin officially announced to their close friends and family (and the rest of the world) that they were having a baby girl. This came as a surprise as the majority who turned up thought it was a boy (98% of them to be exact).
Naturally, her Instagram postings were filled with congratulatory messages and well wishes. Many (including ourselves) were also in awe of the lavish decorations with pastel colours, props (the stunning floral backdrop, Gucci bags), desserts galore and more.
However, the luxurious gender reveal occasion was also met with backlash online. People accused the “Crazy Rich Malaysians” of flaunting their wealth at a time when many are suffering financially. Some also questioned on the lack of social distancing during the gathering when the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is still ongoing.
“What’s the big deal to having a baby? Why need to publicise it? You are filthy rich and should go out to help the poor. How come this family can do gathering during RMCO?” Facebook user Alice Lee asked.
Foo Chee Eng shared the same sentiments, saying, “People are suffering with no income and no food and there are these filthy rich goons showing off in these times of hardships and difficult times. Even funerals are not supposed to have more than 10 people attending but here we see a large group gatherings. Are wealthy people immune from MCO?”
“I don’t see what’s the big deal…if not boy, must be girl.. vice versa and what does Gucci has to do with gender reveal? Yes, it’s their money but Vincent Tan is so filthy rich he could have done something meaningful to celebrate as well by helping the poor in such a crisis time. Just my two cents worth,” Callie Hor chimed in.
Raja Nazeem Iskandar also reasoned, “There is nothing wrong to throw a lavish do at your own expense. However in these challenging times, it would be highly appreciative if they would keep it private and not publicise it. People are shutting down businesses, losing jobs, and basically barely making ends meet.”
Having said that, there are also a few who felt that some good came out of the lavish baby shower. “I think it’s also worth to note that the event planning company that helped set this up is also a business need saving. Event companies are amongst the worst hit next to tourism,” Alex Chong Weng Wah wrote.
“C’mon guys, while these ‘gender reveal’ thing is lame just like lots of those overdone weddings… look on the bright side. Billionaires spending lots of money like that on these events circulate the money back into the economy. The more lame events billionaires hold, the more everyone that supplies the parties as well as the economy as a whole benefits. So here’s to more lame ostentatious events to kickstart our economy,” Raga Shiva added.
While everyone has an opinion online these days, we doubt Chryseis and Faliq are bothered by the negative responses.
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