Think pos­i­tive when chil­dren show in­ter­est in other com­mu­ni­ties’ cul­ture – Rep

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MIRI: Par­ents must think pos­i­tive when their chil­dren show in­ter­est in learn­ing and know­ing the cul­tural dances, folk mu­sic and songs of other com­mu­ni­ties and eth­nic groups in the coun­try.

“In a multi-racial and multi-re­li­gious so­ci­ety like ours in Sarawak, it helps to en­hance and foster good­will and un­der­stand­ing among the peo­ple. I am con­fi­dent they would be able to bring to­gether and unite the peo­ple,” said Te­lang Usan assem­bly­man Den­nis Ngau at SK Long Pil­lah Sports Day in Long Pil­lah in the in­te­rior of Baram re­cently.

The assem­bly­man made the com­ment af­ter wit­ness­ing pupils per­form a Bi­dayuh dance and ‘zapin’ en­sem­ble and dance of the Malay com­mu­nity at the open­ing of the Sports Day. The dance troupe also per­formed dur­ing the re­cent Baram Re­gatta in Long Lama.

He pointed out that unity is es­sen­tial for peace and har­mony to thrive in so­ci­ety amid dif­fer­ences in racial, eth­nic and re­li­gious back­grounds.

“I un­der­stand some par­ents and mem­bers of the pub­lic are un­happy to see their chil­dren per­form the dances of other com­mu­ni­ties as they are of the Orang Ulu com­mu­nity. Be pos­i­tive and don’t think per­form­ing cul­tural dances of other com­mu­ni­ties will only glo­rify other peo­ple’s cul­ture and make you look down on your own cul­ture,” he ad­vised.

He added that know­ing and get­ting a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of other peo­ple’s cul­ture and her­itage will help speed up and en­hance in­te­gra­tion among the peo­ple in a plu­ral so­ci­ety like Malaysia.

“There­fore it is im­por­tant to foster unity, good­will and un­der­stand­ing while they are still young as they will de­ter­mine the de­vel­op­ment and progress of the coun­try.”

The assem­bly­man fur­ther said learn­ing of var­i­ous cul­tures is part of co- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties which are im­por­tant to en­hance the aca­demic per­for­mance or achieve­ments of stu­dents.

Thus, par­ents should en­cour­age their chil­dren to be in­volved in co- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pupils of SK Long Pil­lah per­form the ‘Zapin’ – Jo­hor Malay folk dance.

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