Ting (tenth right) witnessing the handing over of the certificate to Liong (on his left).

KUCHING: The Hakka Malaysia Cultural Association Sarawak made history by earning themselves a place in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR).

Yesterday, the group achieved the feat of fielding 71 lion dance troupes to perform the Hakka lion dance at a leading mall here and rewarded for their efforts by their induction into the record book.

Present to receive the honour on behalf of the association was its president Michael Liong with Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting witnessing the presentation.

Ting (tenth right) witnessing the handing over of the certificate to Liong (on his left).

Ting, when met, said that the Hakka lion dance went extinct in Peninsular Malaysia six months ago. He also said that the group was fortunate to have found a maker of lion heads given its rarity these days.

“They have uncovered a treasure, not only for the Hakka, but for Sarawak. The master (lion head maker) is not only promoting the Hakka culture, but promoting Sarawak abroad.”

Ting also said that lion heads are important to the Hakka as it is one of three treasures of the community.

“Therefore, I would like to congratulate the Hakka Malaysia Cultural Association Sarawak for organising the dance,” he said.

The Hakka Lion dance troupes at the photocall.