Lions a leapin’


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EVERYONE at the SJKC Pasir Pinji (1) basketball court held their breaths as the lion dancers prepared to cross several high poles last Friday.

Sitting playfully on the last platform high above the 3m-tall pole, the “lion” swayed its front leg, as if the feat it is about to undertake was a piece of cake.

But make no mistake, any miscalculation and mistep would have been a painful experience.

Standing up on its feet again, the lion performed some stunts before charging towards the last platform.

As soon as all four feet landed on the last platform, the 1,000-strong crowd roared and cheered the amazing feat performed by 58-time World Chinese Lion Dance Championship winners Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Muar.

The lion dance performances were just one of many acts showcased during the Chinese Cultural Extravangaza organised by the Ipoh Ma Ching Sports and Cultural Association and Ipoh Timur MCA Youth, at the school last Friday.

The event started with a 24-drum performance by the school’s students.

It was then followed by a wu shu performance by Ipoh Ma Ching members, with the performers showing their agility and adeptness in wielding swords and spears.

The other acts included a northern-stye lion dance that features a pair of male and female lions and the country’s longest LED-lighted dragon, which was accompanied by similarly lit phoenix and fish.

Among the institutions involved with the performances included Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, SMJK Sam Tet, SM Yuk Choy (Suwa) and SJKC Pasir Pinji (2).

In his opening speech, MCA Secretary General Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said people should continue to preserve cultural practices and traditions.

“Having been the Second International Trade and Industry Minister for 10 months, I’ve seen a lot of technologies from all around the world.

“Technology is slowly replacing humans in factories and plants and that is the future that we are heading towards as it will be part of our daily lives,” he said.

“Despite this, let us not forget our culture and tradition. We need to keep these alive and to encourage our children to learn about it so that it can be passed down to future generations,” he added.

During the event, Ong also witnessed the presentation of cheques from Ipoh Ma Ching President Datuk Seri Liew Mun Hon to several welfare organisations, including the Woh Peng Cheang Seah Dialysis Centre and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru.

Liew also presented some donations to SJKC Pasir Pinji (1) and SJKC Pasir Pinji (2).

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