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50pc rental fee discount for Lion Dance Festival
Published on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Haji Tawfiq Datuk Haji Abu Bakar Titingan has agreed to a discount on 50 per cent on rental fee for the 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival, which is to be held at the Likas Sports Complex here.

He said this in response to the request of United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK) President Datuk Susan Wong who will use the venue for the event on Jan 14 (Saturday).

"Chinese New Year is no longer a Chinese affair, it is a celebration shared by the multiracial community, and this is the uniqueness of 1Malaysia especially in Sabah, which is respecting and appreciating the diversity of races," he said.

Tawfiq said this during a courtesy visit by the USCCAKK led by Wong on Tuesday.

In expressing her gratitude to the ministry, Wong noted the discount will further reduce the event's expenses on the promotion of Chinese culture, adding that the USCCAKK is a non-profit organisation and all cultural events are done through fund raising.

It is also understood that the minister also agreed to waive the rental deposit on the condition that USCCAKK undertake responsibility for whatever damage or losses incurred during the event.

"It would be great if USCCAKK continuously organises such event to promote Chinese culture as part of the uniquely and diversified races in Sabah," he said.

Meanwhile, Wong also offered Tawfiq to be one of the invited guests in the 'drum beating' opening ceremony.

Also present were deputy president Bong Chong Shui, secretary general Datuk Wong Yit Ming, committee members Baby Gan and Lee Shu Yi.

Admission is free for the event which will start at 1pm.

More than hundred Dragon, Unicorn and Lion troupes will be gathered in the event but only around 30 selected troupes will be performing in the final act.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman will officiate at the event at 2.30pm on Jan 14.

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