GENTING HIGHLANDS: The Dances of The Dynasties show is a great introduction for cultural exchanges to celebrate the Malaysia-China friendship year 2004, said Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood.
Endon, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said it was a good opportunity for Malaysians to appreciate Chinese culture through the colourful dance and choreography.
It will also give us the chance to showcase our local dances to China as part of the cultural exchange, she told reporters after attending the Gala Night show here last night.
Other invited guests also felt that the performances by the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble had generated fresh impetus for the stronger cultural ties between Malaysia and China.
The show was an appropriate renewal of the 30-year friendship between the two countries, which established ties some 600 years ago during Chinese Admiral Zheng Hes expedition to Malacca.
Last night, Endon exchanged mementos with Chinese Vice-Minister of Culture Meng Xiaosi before the start of the show at the Genting International Showroom signifying the long-lasting friendship between the two countries.
Also present were MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and wife Datin Seri Wendy Ong, Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir and his deputy Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, Chinese Ambassador Hu Zheng Yue, Australian High Commissioner James Wise, Canadian High Commissioner Melvin McDonald.
Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and CEO Datuk Steven Tan, Osim International chairman and CEO Dr Ron Sim and Osim Malaysia managing director Tay Sim Kim also attended the event.
Meng said the show successfully showcased the 5,000 years of cultural development of China.
I understand that this show has been performed in many countries in more than 800 shows and the response was very good. It has been very effective in promoting Chinese culture, she said.
Ong praised the performers for introducing the colourful and elaborate costumes of various dynasties and an understanding of Chinas different dynasties.
It is a rare occasion for Malaysians to see such a show which features Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, he said.
Ong said the show was timely as the two countries were celebrating the 30-year friendship and 600th anniversary to mark Admiral Zheng Hes expedition to Malacca.
The Gala Night show tonight served many purposes, not only the cultural and historical aspects, but also to raise funds for charity, he added.
He said Endon's presence made the show more meaningful, adding that The Star was a good corporate citizen that helped to promote culture and education.
Abdul Kadir said the event was a good beginning to the year, which would feature other events from Malaysia and China.
Dr Sim said: It was a well-orchestrated and choreographed show and its a great way to exchange culture and foster Malaysia-China friendship.
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