Breathing fire into bash

MALAYSIA’S longest ‘dragon’ will roar his way into Penang at the Chinese New Year celebration in Setia Pearl Island, Bayan Lepas, held on Chap Goh Meh on Monday.

The 157m-long dragon, which was featured in the Malaysia Book of Records, hails from Ipoh.

Seventy-five people from Han Chiang College, SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian and a dragon dance troupe from Sungai Petani will take turns to display their skills in performing the dragon dance act.

SP Setia Bhd divisional general manager Datuk S. Rajoo said more than 10,000 people were expected to attend the event, from 6pm to 10.30pm.

“It is going to highlight various facets of Chinese culture.

“In this IT world, we want this event to remind the young of ancient traditions,” he said yesterday.

Rajoo added that RM180,000 had been spent to organise the event which was being held for the sixth consecutive year.

He added that other highlights included water drum and wushu performances, a lion dance, a mask-changing act by 11-year-old Chan Ze King from Alor Setar, and a sand art performance by self-taught sand artist Loong Bee from Kuala Lumpur.

Rajoo also said that the Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Muar, Johor, world champions for over 48 times, would also perform at the event.

“Visitors can also look forward to the Heritage World section.

“There, eight stalls will be set up to display steel carvings, oil paintings, mini clogs, wood carvings, clay art, Chinese calligraphy and other handicraft,” he said.

At the event, those seeking Mr or Miss Right can practise a fun and time-honoured tradition. A pond will be set up for singles to throw oranges.

Visitors can take care of their hunger pangs by patronising 12 stalls selling Penang hawker food.

They will also be treated to a 10-minute fireworks display around 10.30pm.

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