Sunday, October 1

Folk dancing spreads message of peace, unity


KUCHING: Folk dancers are ambassadors for peace. Women, Welfare and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said this of the women and men taking part in the Kuching Festival Folk Dance 2014 on Sunday night.

Folk dancers at Kuching Hockey Stadium for the Kuching Festival Folk Dance 2014. — Photos by Mohd Rais Sanusi

Fatimah meets participants of Kuching Festival Folk Dance 2014.

Fatimah releases balloons at the launch, witnessed by councillors and organising committee members.

“When you come together for something like this, you become united and this is an important contribution to regional and global peace,” she said when officiating the event at Kuching Hockey Stadium. Some 22 teams from all over Sarawak, Sabah, the peninsula and Singapore took part in the folk dance, a regular feature of Kuching Festival.

Fatimah said dancing was a healthy exercise linked to increased productivity.

Also present at the event were organising chairman Ng Chee Wee, Kuching Festival Folk Dance coordinator and Persatuan Tarian Perdana Kuching chairman Loh Yang Guek, and Kuching City South mayor Datuk James Chan.