EVERYONE at the SJK(C) Pasir Pinji (1) basketball court held their breaths as the lion dancers prepared to cross several high poles.
Sitting playfully on the last platform high above the 3m-tall pole, the “lion” swung its front leg back and forth, as if the feat it was about to undertake was a piece of cake.
But make no mistake, any miscalculation and misstep would have been a painful experience.
Standing up on its feet again, the lion performed some stunts before charging towards the last platform.
A pair of ‘lions’ balancing on giant balls while walking across a see-saw.
The lion dance performances were just one of the many acts showcased at the Chinese Cultural Extravangaza organised by the Ipoh Ma Ching Sports and Cultural Association and Ipoh Timur MCA Youth at the school.
The event started with a 24-drum performance by the school’s pupils.
It was then followed by a wushu 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-style lion dance that featured a pair of male and female lions and the country’s longest LED-lit dragon, which was accompanied by similarly lit phoenix and fish.
A ‘lion’ from the Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association leaping from pole to pole
Among the institutions involved in the performances were Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, SMJK Sam Tet, SM Yuk Choy and SJK(C) 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 have 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.
Liew presenting a donation to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru treasurer Tham Weng Kong while Ong (third from left) looks on
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 donations to SJK(C) Pasir Pinji 1 and SJK(C) Pasir Pinji 2.