Rich Chinese culture worth exploring, says Mayor
Published on: Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Kota Kinabalu: The diverse and rich Chinese culture is very much worth exploring, said newly appointed Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman. Speaking at a courtesy call by the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK), Monday, Nordin said he looked forward to attending the Chinese New Year Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival 2019 and Chinese Cultural Village Exhibition organised by the association.

He also approved USCCAKK's request to put up banners by the roadside near the Likas Sports Complex to promote the event.

Both the festival and exhibition will be held at Likas Sports Complex on Jan 19.

USCCAKK President Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen said the festival was an iconic event of the association.

"Every year, we gather the best dragon, unicorn and lion dance troupes two weeks before the Chinese New Year to perform for the public.

"It is indeed an exciting way to kick start the festive celebrations."

Wong added that the association was honoured to have invited Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to officiate the festival.

She said the Chinese Cultural Village Exhibition would be launched by the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide.

Wong also urged city folks to bring their families along to the all-day celebration on Jan 19.

The Cultural Village Exhibition, which is held from 8am to 6pm, features traditional Chinese New Year pastries and renowned tea prepared by the 15 clan associations under USCCAKK.

On top of that, there will be 'Miss Cheongsam and Mr Tang Suit' contest among the associations at 10am.

These 15 participating clan associations are Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Sze Yip, Teochew, San Chiang, Kwong Siew, Tai Poo, Lung Yen, Northern Chinese, Foochow, Ann Koai, Eng Choon, Hin Ann and Nam Ann.

On the other hand, the dragon, unicorn and lion dance performances will start from noon to 7pm. There will also be special appearance by the God of Fortune, luminous dragon dance and 24-drum performance. Admission is free.


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