‘Fire dragon’ set to light up streets

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

IPOH: A 142.6m-long “fire dragon” is set to light up Bercham streets here.

Pertubuhan Mempertinggi Akhlak Chan Meng Khor president Wong Fooi said the dragon will be filled with burning joss sticks from head to tail, and paraded in a 4.5km-long procession this Sunday.

“Our main objective is to raise funds for the dialysis centre that we are running in Bercham.

“Our monthly expenses is about RM30,000 and we have prepared about 40,000 joss sticks to be sold at RM10 for three sticks to be lit and put on the dragon, ” he said during a press conference at the centre yesterday.

“We hope the community in Bercham will support us. Given the current economic situation, we will not set a target but we hope to get as much support as possible.”

Wong said the “fire dragon” procession is also their way to “rid” the country of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“During the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003, a similar procession was held here and we felt that we should also do something about the current situation, ” he said.

He said the procession will begin at the Taman Kencana field at about 7pm.

He said among the streets involved included Jalan Bercham, Lorong Bercham 19, Lebuh Bercham Timur, Persiaran Bercham Timur 20 and Hala Bercham Timur 11.

“We need some 66 people to carry the dragon and we have about 300 volunteers taking turns to carry it.

“We’ve also invited several masters from Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau to assist us during the procession.

“As such a procession is not common in Malaysia, their expertise is needed, ” he said.

Wong said they also hope the dragon will be recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as the longest “fire dragon”.

“Representatives from MBOR will be present to measure the dragon at the field before the procession begins at 4pm, ” he said, adding that state Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing is expected to attend the event.

“Apart from the dragon, the procession will also see the participation of about 1,000 people including classic car and superbike groups, floats and lion dancers, ” he said.

Wong said they will also hold a poon choy (a traditional one-pot dish) gathering for the people at the field on Saturday.

“We now have at least 60 tables prepared for the event.

“We rarely have a big feast for the people here and hope that this will strengthen the ties between everyone, ” he said.

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