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As a show of love, care and blessings, adults give duit Raya to children during the festive season.
People usually follow the simple “big to small” rule in giving duit Raya, which means “older to younger” and “senior to junior”.
The ornate green paper envelope is fun to receive, but how much money should you put inside if you are the one giving them?
A Twitter post invited criticism from netizens when a parent complained that the children only received RM3 duit Raya.
I stop read at “ambo” pic.twitter.com/rCpXLMws69
— Salem The Cat ᓚᘏᗢ (@SalemTheCats) May 6, 2022
Saying that RM3 was the amount during the 90s and is now outdated, the parent called out the giver as stingy and calculative.
The parent added that it should be at least RM5 to RM10 per person especially if the giver appears to be well to do.
No To Pampering, Yes To Positive Discipline
Netizens expressed disgust and indignance with the attitude of the parent.
They criticized the parent as ungrateful for what people give to their children.
Aku masa kecik dulu dapat duit raya rm5 seronok gila. Budak sekarang macam bodoh, pergi beraya pun pilih rumah. Lepastu bila tuan rumah bagi sikit terus tak puas hati.
— Mirul 🇲🇾 (@aremeerolee) May 5, 2022
Others said parents should not pamper their children, as spoiling your child may have long-term harmful effects.
Since spoiled children may fail to learn to solve their problems growing up, they often lack the life skills needed to handle adulthood.
Some said the amount of money you put in is up to you, depending on your relationship with the recipient.
Usually, the closer the relationship, the more money people would be inclined to give, regardless of their socio-economic status.
Xtau nak kata apa. Pakai kereta kancil, gaji ciput, bagi duit raya anak-anak sedara banyak ni. What do you think?
— sushi(mi) (@hanshashimi) June 8, 2019
Some people pointed out that giving duit Raya should be based on one’s financial situation, and not to impress others.
In any case, duit Raya, as with ang pows, is meant to liven up the festive season and is not about the money.
I’m not giving out any duit raya if I think my financial is not really good. I don’t care what people will say to me later. Nak kata “kedekut” “berkira” go ahead. No need to burden yourself just to please/impress other. Kalau mampu bagi go ahead, if not… think about yourself 1st
— j o h n . d o l (@JohnDol83) May 7, 2022