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Heritage bid for High Pole Lion Dance
Published on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The International Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Federation has thus far collected over 500,000 signatures in their bid to get the nation's High Pole Lion Dance listed as a heritage under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Its Honourable Secretary Lew Sai Tet said they have until March 31 to collect one million signatures, a requirement to make it to the list, which prompted them to initiate a signature campaign across the country in October last year.

He said the idea came after the High Pole Lion Dance was announced as a National Heritage by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture after performing in Parliament in June 2007.

"We thought, why not get this listed under the Unesco heritage, thus began the campaign towards getting signatures from people across the country.

"We have until end of March to get one million signatures, and we are confident of getting it," he said after a media conference here, Tuesday. The media conference was to announce the Sabah San Sheng Gong Traditional Lion Dance Open Competition which will be held at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall from July 26-29.


Between 100 and 150 lion dance performers from 10 countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States are expected to take part in the competition which is organised by the Sabah Kuan Shen Lion Dance Club as the main organiser.

Lew went on to say that the international lion dance competition is an annual event, adding that last year they held it in China and in 2016 it was held in the Philippines.

"This year is Malaysia's turn and we decided to hold it for the first time in Sabah, in conjunction with the International Kun Seng Keng Alliance Conference which will be held at Zara Boutique Hotel on July 27.

"A total of 200 representatives from 16 countries and 60 branches across the nation are expected to attend the conference and we think Sabah is a good venue, as it will also boost the tourism industry in the State," he said.


"There is no better venue than to have it in Sabah, since it is famous for its tourism industry which we hope will also see a boost from this event," he said. Also present were the International Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Federation Chairman Tan Chong Hing and Malaysia Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Chairman Hang Sheng Jean. - Sherell Jeffrey

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