THE arts and culture industry of the Chinese community is facing tough times due to a lack of funds to promote them, according to Petubuhan Budidaya Cemerlang Pulau Pinang chairman Teoh Cheng Jin.
“The organising committees have to go through a lot of challenges to make today’s event a success,” he said in his opening speech at the 31st Rise Cup Mandarin Drama Competition among secondary schools in Malaysia.
On a separate matter, Teoh highlighted the need to establish a better sound and lighting system at community halls for cultural performances to take place.
“Dewan Sri Pinang is the best location for performing arts events but it will be undergoing renovation soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, state tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, in his speech, said he hoped to make Penang a platform for arts and cultural events in Malaysia.
“Well-equipped facilities as well as talents are needed to make this industry prosper.
“Through performing arts, youths will get to see the society from various angles. They will become more open,” he said.
Soon added that he hoped Mandarin drama competition would be expanded throughout Asia in near future.
“This competition began in Penang, then to northern Malaysia and it is now a national-level event.
“I hope that it will be spread to South-East Asia and in no time, throughout Asia,” he said.
The competition was participated by 15 teams of students, aged between 13 and 17, from all over the country at the Dewan Sri Pinang.
Also present were Malaysia Conforming Secondary Schools Principals Council chairman Lim Hiang Lam, Malaysia Conforming Secondary Schools Principals Council Penang Exco Tan Sin Cheong, and the organisation’s advisor Koay Hean Boey and secretary Cheong Seow Heng.
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