IT was a special day for three siblings from a Malay family when their teams clinched the top three places at the Prangin Mall Traditional Lion Dance Penang Championship.
Mohammad Firdaus Mohd Farul Nizam, 11, Mohd Faiz Mohd Farul Nizam, eight, and Siti Aishah Mohd Farul Nizam, nine, were members of the Penang Meihu Culture and Sports Association’s B, C and D teams respectively.
The siblings, who go to SJK (C) Poi Eng in Gertak Sanggul, are the troupe’s gong players.
“We have competed in many lion dance competitions around Penang.
“It’s still very special for us to win although we represented different teams,” said Mohammad Firdaus.
His team scored 8.67 out of 10 points to walk away with the first prize of RM1,500 and a trophy.
“I play football and sepak takraw too but there’s nothing like lion dance. It’s so exciting and fun to learn about another culture,” said Mohammad Firdaus, who is proficient in Mandarin.
Their mother Suzana Dhazak @ Razak, 33, said she enrolled the siblings in a Chinese vernacular school as well as the lion dance troupe to expose them to different cultures.
“This is what muhibbah is all about and they are also enjoying themselves,” she said.
The 12 teams competing in the recent championship were judged on various aspects including etiquette, theme, demeanour, music, choreography and skills,
Earlier in his speech, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the application for temporary occupational licence by Prangin Mall’s joint management body for two plots fronting the mall along Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong had been approved.
The two sites, in front of Atrium A and B of the mall, will be used as taxi and tour bus pick-up points.
“Currently, around the Komtar area, there’s no parking bay for tour buses,” he said, adding that the fee for each plot was RM7,500.
The contest followed a thundering drum gimmick by Chow and Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik.
Hong Guan Sports Gymnasium presented a high pole lion dance performance at the end of the competition.