Unity Through Arts and Culture

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Unity Through Arts and CultureBelieving that culture is the uniting factor in a country, Perak Cultural and Arts Department (Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negeri Perak) took culture to the people in Gopeng by organising a day-long cultural programme. The objective was to expose the community to the culture and traditions of other races and to accept and respect their uniqueness.

The programme, which began with a gotong-royong in the morning, also saw the community participating in a colouring contest, aerobics, congkak and other traditional games. Members of the community were also taken on a tour of Gopeng’s pride – the town’s museum and heritage house.

Local celebrity, Angelina Tan, conducted a workshop to raise awareness on health issues as part of a programme by the Malaysian Health Promotion Board.

The day ended with traditional dance performances by major races of Malaysia, including a segment by a local aboriginal group, witnessed by guest-of-honour State Executive Councillor Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon and community leaders. Mah later presented food hampers and cash donations to the underprivileged.

Guests were then feted to a sumptuous dinner at Gopeng Square.

Emily