KUANTAN, Oct 10 : The Lion Dance is synonymous with the Chinese community, but the Kuantan Construction Association’s Lion Dance Club is unique as it consists of members from different races.
Naidy Abd Hamid, 36, the senior member of the club who has had an interest in the dance since he was a child said his involvement in the art began in 2008 when he moved here from Sabah.
The factory supervisor who is of mixed Murut-Chinese parentage said he had never felt awkward despite being surrounded by club members from the Chinese community.
“…nowadays the lion dance is performed by various races.
“I can learn a lot from the dance including the culture of other races and self-discipline. I have also learnt some basic Chinese words,” he told Bernama here today.
Naidy said it was never a problem for him to communicate with the rest of his team as the training is always conducted in Malay.
T.Pujagesan, 12, is another member who has been getting a lot of attention.
The Year six pupil joined the club last year after being encouraged by his family.
Apart from learning an art that was different from his own culture, he has also made friends with members who are of different races.
Coach Chan Weng Kit said the lion dance was becoming increasingly popular among people of various races especially the younger generation not only because of its cultural significance but also as an activity that was beneficial to one’s health.
“Besides, it also teaches about trust as well as good communications among its members. It is not a one-man show, but it requires a lot of team effort,” he said.