SIBU (January 25): Bookings for the Sibu Martial Arts Association (Quanshu) (SMAA) doubled after the National Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) yesterday revised its standard operating procedures (SOPs) to allow the lion dance during Chinese New Year.
SMAA head coach Gilbert Wong said demand was so high that the time and date of performances had to be rescheduled to accommodate everyone.
“The increased demand shows that our customers were looking forward to welcoming us back during the Chinese New Year celebration,” he said.
Under the revised SOPs, lion dances are now permitted on the first to fourth day of Chinese New Year (February 1-4) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also at Chap Goh Mei (February 15) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
However, the number of troupe members involved in each performance must not exceed 12, with only two lions performing at a time.
Wong said the limit is not a problem as they could split the members into two teams.
“We don’t see it as a problem since we have to strictly adhere to the SOPs for the lion dance show,” he said.
Wong said the troupe members work out every night at their main gym in Jalan Lanang to hone their skills.
He also thanked SDMC for the revision of the SOPs.