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No dog in Malaysia's Lunar New Year decorations

Retailers avoid displays of the zodiac sign on worries of offending Muslims

A shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur chooses "garden" as its theme for this year's Lunar celebrations.

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Lunar New Year celebrated by Chinese around the world is a week away but in Malaysia, the zodiac symbol of the dog is conspicuously missing in many commercial displays.

Shopping malls in the country's capital are already lit up with plum blossoms to usher in spring and other ornaments in the auspicious red color are prominently displayed. Yet, there was nothing to suggest that it was the Year of Dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological calendar.

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