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Tuesday, February 01, 2005
CNY Dampers


Just when one is starting to get into the CNY mood, the dampers appeared. It is obvious that we won't be having any "CNY celebration with a vengeance" as hoped for by one, Sim Kwang Yang. Many of us oldies will sit and be reminiscing of CNY celebrated in those good old days of old. Many would say CNY is just not CNY without a little din from those firecrackers and fireworks. But will the caring gomen allow oldies to have those good old days? It appears that NO is the answer.

Even though there are no longer security reasons for their ban and their firing under controlled situations rarely lead to injuries, their ban continues. No less a personage than the deputy MINIster of Internal Security has come out to remind us that the ban on all types of fireworks and firecrackers imposed since 1996 remains in force for the coming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is reported by BERNAMA. It would be interesting if he could also retell to us the reasons why the ban is still on. Is it because injuries as a result of injudicious cracker firing pose a security risks?

Do remember this, only 'fireworks' of the "pop-pop" and "Happy Boom/Magic Pop" types are allowed. According to the deputy MINIster they do not contain combustible materials [now what are to be found in them] and therefore do not pose a danger to life. In this aspect, don't you think we do have a very caring gomen, always concerned with over health and safety. But despite the ban, fire-crackers and fireworks would still be set off this CNY in cities and towns and villages all over the country. How these illegals make their way into the country is anybody's guess. Something illegal, always makes it more expensive and more thrilling to have or do. But be reminded, for burning of fireworks or firecrackers, offenders can be jailed up to a month or fined RM100 or both under the Small Offences Act 1955, do beware, don't get caught. And if you are in Pahang and do get caught, remember the CPO's reward. Any attempt to bribe one's way out may have negative results, the CPO is counter-offering twice what you can offer, so anything less than RM100, just won't do! [Maybe more on this later.] But is there really a complete ban on fireworks or ...? See this picture taken in 1999! Is it illegal to manufacture fireworks in Malaysia? Then how is it that Matan Maju Fireworks Sdn Bhd exists? It is listed in Malaysia manufacturers directory and trade portal. E-DIRECTORY.COM.MY [Malaysia premier Internet directory service] as a manufacturer of fireworks. Deputy MINIster Chia tells us that anyone manufacturing, possessing or importing firecrackers or fireworks could be charged under the Explosives Act 1957!

As to the need for polis permits for lion and dragon dance performances, the rationale behind the need for them certainly has me beaten. Could the deputy MINIster please clarify regarding valid reasons for this one more necessity for polis permits? We are told that Boleh Malaysians are very tolerant if not fully in acceptance of our multi-cultural backgrounds, we have lion dance troupe members who are not Chinese Malaysians and who obviously appreciate the traditions and moves of the lion dance. JUst like belly dancing, lion dancing is an art form and have health benefits, not forgetting that a well performed lion dance is a joy to watch. Incidentally, lion dances can in no way be provocative or titillating to even those with some dirt in their minds. But yet, such dances cannot be freely performed in public places, even during the CNY. We certainly have a very tolerant gomen whose ideas of the aspirations of its people appear a little skewed and flawed. me feel that these dances are enjoyed and tolerated by most Malaysians and even the former PM, remember the winter of 2001, more so during the CNY season. The present PM also had some 20 lions gracing the mammoth dinner held during the spring of his helmsmanship.

Anyway with or without the din of crackers and fireworks, here's wishing all those celebrating ::

cny



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