Team effort: It took about RM2,000 and four days to complete the ‘fai chun ’.
SMJK Sam Tet is galloping into the Year of the Horse proud and mighty.
In what is evident as a year of many successes, the school in Ipoh was entered into the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) with the longest fai chun or Chinese calligraphy.
The new record of a 2.105km-long fai chun consisting of 4,000 auspicious words was made possible by 1,000 students and teachers who spent four days to complete the project.
Some of the words written were like xi (happiness), fu (good fortune) and ma (horse), the star of this year’s Chinese zodiac.
Principal Lau Swee Mun said students and participants had worked feverishly to complete the calligraphy, starting work as early as 8am and only stopping to rest at midnight.
“They did not give up even when they were tired and managed to complete the project in time on Tuesday,” Lau said, adding that the project had cost about RM2,000.
On Wednesday, students excitedly stood in eight circles at their school field as MBR officer Zulhairi Md Zin measured the length of their work.
Praising the hardwork and sacrifice of those involved, Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the record was the first of its kind in the MBR.
“They had sacrificed a lot of their time, money and energy to set the record.
“More than that, their intention is to preserve and promote the Chinese culture here in Malaysia,” said Dr Mah, who was guest-of-honour at the event.
Student Liew Yu Han said he had volunteered to take part in the project to be able to work alongside his friends.
“It wasn’t easy at all. Besides the long hours, it required a lot of patience and concentration.
“But we still enjoyed every single moment of it and are proud to be part of such a meaningful project,” said the 19-year-old.
Fellow student Chan Pei Ting, also 19, said it was a memorable day for her.
The Sixth Form president, said the students had shown great unity by volunteering for the project.
“I just love seeing all the students working together.
“Other than promoting the Chinese culture, it had also served to instil teamwork among the students,” she added.