KUCHING (January 26): The Sarawak Dragon-Lion Dance and Wushu Association welcomes the decision of the National Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to cancel the ban on lion dance performances during this upcoming Chinese New Year festival .
Association adviser Chester Lim said he was grateful for the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) released by SDMC after considering feedback from various stakeholders on the restrictions for the upcoming festival.
“First of all, in my capacity as an advisor to the Sarawak Dragon-Lion Dance and Wushu Association who submitted an appeal letter to SDMC to relax the earlier ban on Chinese New Year Lion Dance activities, we appreciate the understanding shown by the decision to graciously accept our appeal in good faith,” Lim told the Borneo Post.
Lim, who is president of the Chinese Martial Arts Association, said his association and other member associations and clubs of the Sarawak Dragon-Lion Dance and Wushu Association in Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Betong, Mukah, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri will adhere to the newly released SOP divisions.
The president pointed out that all members of their lion dance troupe had taken their Covid-19 booster shots, after no lion dance activity was allowed for the past two years until October 2021 .
“Now we have all adapted to the new normal of living with the virus by being mindful of cleanliness, good hygiene and social distancing. Life must go on and we are happy that lion dance activities have restarted at the start of Chinese New Year 2022,” Lim said.
In a recently released SOP, lion dance activities were allowed on the first to fourth day of the Chinese New Year festival from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Chap Goh Mei from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The committee said all members of the lion dance troupe must already have received their Covid-19 booster shots.
Troupe size is limited to 12 people and only a maximum of two “lions” are allowed to perform at the venue at any time, he added.
Lion dance performances are only permitted outside of premises, places of worship or residences. A form detailing the lion dance performance schedule must be submitted to the departmental disaster management committee by each lion dance association or club.