KOTA KINABALU – Cultural exchange between China and Malaysia is important to bilateral relations in promoting better understanding between the two countries, said China Consul-General in Sabah, Chen Peijie.
Speaking to reporters after watching the performance of China’s first full-length dance drama of the Hui ethnic minority, here, Tuesday night, Chen said it could be the platform in introducing the culture of the Hui ethnic Chinese and the existence of the Muslim group in China, to Sabahans.
“I think it can help deepen bilateral friendship between China and Malaysia, especially Sabah. Sabahans are not only made up of Chinese but also other ethnic groups, and they like Chinese culture like dance and Kung Fu,” she said.
Also present at the event were Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and wife Toh Puan Norlidah R.M. Jasni, and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
The traditional dance drama, ‘The Moon Over Helan Mountain’, was performed for over one hour by the YinChuan Art Troupe from China.
The dance drama, among others, tells the love story of a young Muslim man from the Western Region, who was travelling through the desert and across the Yellow River with the assistance of local Han Chinese. The Muslim lad and a Han Chinese young girl gradually fall in love with each other.
Because of their true love, which goes beyond their different ethnicity, faiths and customs, the couple make their oath at the foot of Helan Mountain and settle down there.
Chen said the story was similar to the situation in Sabah, with its racial and cultural diversity but the people could live together in harmony.
Some 3,000 people watched the performance which was co-organised by the People’s Government of Yinchuan City and Ma-Zhong Friendship Association Sabah.