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Kun Seng Keng lions get cash incentives
By CHONG HEE SEONG
RECOGNITION: Muar’s multiracial lion dance troupe receives RM100,000 allocation for bringing fame to country.
MUAR: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak presented a RM100,000 allocation to the Muar Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Association in recognition of its success in putting Malaysia on the world map, by capturing 51 world and 59 local championship titles over the last 23 years.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim said Najib was happy with the achievements and called on the association to capture more titles in the coming years.
He said the allocation was a mark of recognition by the government and Najib himself.
Razali, who is the Muar member of parliament, said the lion dance troupe’s performers were of multiracial background and that this was in line with the 1Malaysia concept.
“Lion dance has been acknowledged as a cultural and national heritage,” he said at the ceremony to present the cheque to the association on behalf of the Prime Minister, here, recently.
Razali also called on youths from all races to take up the lion dance as a means of staying healthy, as well as to promote racial unity and harmony.
Razali added that his ministry would send a delegation to the association soon to find out how the ministry could help it achieve more success.
Meanwhile, association deputy president Arthur Lee Ah Too said the association had drawn up a blueprint to set up an international academy for lion dancers.
He said the association has bought a piece of land in Taman Aman in Parit Bakar, Muar, for RM600,000 eight years ago for the purpose.
The academy will have a training centre for local and international trainers, a museum to house “lion heads” from all over the world as well as exhibition and lecture halls.
Lee said the association launched a fundraising campaign recently and has, to date, received RM100,000 from former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and RM50,000 from Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
Lee commended the Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance troupe for making Muar famous and helping to attract tourists to the town.
He also made an appeal for more public donations to expedite the completion of the academy within three years.
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