THE Perak 18 Styles Taiji-Qi Gong Exercise Association is coming up with a Bahasa Malaysia recording of the styles and steps for the first chapter of tai chi-qi gong exercise to ease non-Chinese speaking learners into the activity.
Association president Datuk Cheng Yit Weng said about 10% of more than 5,000 learners who practise tai chi-qi gong exercise in Perak were non-Chinese.
“With this in mind, the recording of the styles and steps in Malay will certainly make it easier for them to follow throughout their practice.
“We hope that this little gesture will also attract more people to take up this exercise even though they are not well-versed in Chinese,” he told StarMetro.
Cheng said the association had already translated the names of the styles and steps into both Bahasa Malaysia and English.
“We are in the midst of recording the instructions in Bahasa Malaysia according to the usual speed observed during the practice.
“Once they are done, we will distribute the audio file to all of our 68 member units throughout Perak, so that they can use it during each practice session,” said Cheng, adding that the narration in English would be done in the future should they see the need from the ground.
Earlier, the association saw the swearing in of its 13th committee in a ceremony, which was witnessed by MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.
Ong also pledged RM5,000 donation for the association.
In his speech, Cheng said ageing population was a global issue plaguing many countries in the world.
“In Malaysia, citizens over the age of 60 increase every year.
“Practising tai chi-qi gong exercise helps slow down the deterioration of body functions and strengthen resistance against diseases related to old age.
“It also regulates our emotions, so that the mind and body stay healthy and fit,” he said.
Cheng called on more people regardless of age to practise tai chi-qi gong and lead a healthier lifestyle.
“According to medical research, falls among frail elderly people living in the community are one of the biggest risks, which could lead to loss of ability to work and self-care.
“Therefore, those in the middle-age group and senior citizens should start practising tai chi-qi gong as part of their muscle training to reduce the risk of falls.
“As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
“The younger generation should also start early, as tai chi-qi gong is not just for old people.
“I urge more young people to join us and practise the exercise to stay alert and fit because this will be a good foundation when they get older in life,” he added.
Cheng also hoped the Government would take the issue of ageing population in the country seriously and create more accessible facilities that are convenient for the elderly.
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