KOTA KINABALU: The hard work of Chinese community associations in promoting the Chinese culture is commendable.
Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang said he was impressed to see the culture of dragon, unicorn and lion dances has transcended into other community as many bumiputeras had enthusiastically participated in the activity which in turn enhanced the racial unity and harmony.
He said this during the visit by the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK) led by its president John Lim Yu Sin and its organising committee members to his ministry office here recently.
Teo was invited to attend the annual Chinese New Year Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival 2015 on February 7 at the Likas Sports Complex indoor stadium.
According to Lim, to date 78 lion dance troupes have confirmed their participation in the annual gathering.
This year event will also feature the cultural exhibition showcasing the traditions and food of the 15 Chinese community associations under USCCAKK at 10am on the same day.
Lim also thanked the State Government and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman support and open-mindedness for approving lands and financial allocation for the development of Chinese education and culture in the State.
“We are also very lucky to have Datuk Teo (Chee Kang) in the State Cabinet, who has been helpful in Chinese affairs,” added Lim.
Meanwhile, Teo was also invited to officiate at the Santavana Forest Hermitage Chinese New Year event on February 1 at Sky Hotel here.
The Santavana president Roger Lim and organising chairman Joseph Wong extended the invitation to Teo when paying a courtesy call on him at his ministry office.
The event to be start from 9am to 3pm will feature Chinese calligraphy, sampling Chinese teas, Guzheng and choir performances.
There is also a charity auction for the exhibits on display that day, whereby the proceeds will go towards Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in aid of flood victims.- By Bosco Wong/Sayangsabah