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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Continuous support for cultural activities

Teo (sixth, left) presented a lion head to a lion dance troupe leader.
Teo (sixth, left) presented a lion head to a lion dance troupe leader.

KUDAT: Cultural activities are supported continuously by the Government to ensure solidarity and rapport among the people.

As for the Chinese community, funds  had been accorded to them in support of their cultural activities, such as dragon and lion dances, despite the reduction in expenditure due to the drop in crude oil prices and weakening of the Ringgit.

Minister of Special Tasks said that when officiating at the Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival at Dewan Tun Mustapha here recently.

The festival was jointly organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Hakka Association, Hokkien Association and Hainan Association of Kudat. Over 1,000 people from different racial and cultural backgrounds have joined in the festival.

Teo, who is also Tanjung Kapor assemblyman, said dragon, unicorn and lion dance has become a mainstream culture in Malaysia.

The activity is not only enjoyed by the Chinese community, but also bumiputras as well, he said.

“In Sabah, we often see our bumiputra friends participating in dragon, unicorn and lion dances during festive seasons,” he said.

Teo pointed out that Chen Peijie, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, once told him that she was touched to see that Chinese traditional cultural activities were flourishing in Sabah with the support from the State Government.

On that note, Teo said the Chinese community in the country should not take their freedom to promote their culture for granted.

“There are some countries that curbed this traditional dances but the State Government has never ceased to fund Chinese cultural activities despite the economic slowdown, and has even contributed lion heads to lion dance troupes.”- Sayangsabah

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