(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Malaysia held Chinese New Year parades in the cities of Bahau, Segamat, and Jementah on February 3, 2014. They celebrated the Lunar Year of the Horse with local residents and spread the beauty of Falun Gong across the land.
Falun Gong practitioners came to Negeri Sembilan, Bahau, at 10 a.m and held a grand parade there. It was the first time practitioners celebrated the Lunar Year with a parade in this locality.
The procession was led by the Divine Land Marching Band and included a traditional lion dance, lantern team, waist drum group, and practitioners dressed as heavenly maidens. Many spectators watched the parade and expressed how delighted they were to have this event in their city.
Local resident Qiu Guanying said: “The parade let me feel the atmosphere of the New Year with traditional culture. I'd seen a lion dance and a dragon dance before, but watched a parade for the first time. The music let everyone feel joyful. The parade participants are great. It is great!”
A former dental nurse Lin Yuzhen said it was her first time to see such a parade. She said she felt fortunate to learn about Falun Gong, as she was interested in qigong. She wished that practitioners could hold a session to teach the exercises in the city.
Another spectator, Li Jifu, said: “This is the New Year atmosphere I have never experienced. I appreciate Falun Gong practitioners bringing the parade to Bahau residents. We are truly delighted. Thank you!”
Falun Gong practitioners hold a parade in Segamat, Johor on February 3, 2014. Local resident Su Zhaoyuan thanked Falun Gong practitioners for their hard work in bringing the New Year parade to the area.
Falun Gong practitioners next went to Segamat, Johor, to hold their second parade of the day. It was the second time for the practitioners to come to this city; they had held a Mid-Autumn Festival parade there in 2012.
Many local residents expressed delight at being presented with a grand New Year parade. One of them, Ms. Yao, said she was very happy to see Falun Gong practitioners again.
Businessman Su Zhoyuan said it was his first time to watch such a parade. He appreciated the practitioners holding the parade in such hot weather. Upon learning of the Chinese communist regime's forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners detained in China, he was indignant. “It is too cruel. It must stop,” he said.
Mr. Hamidi and his wife, Azizah Elias, who are of the Malay ethnicity, said they were happy to watch the parade, as it provided them with an opportunity to see traditional culture of another ethnic group. Ms. Elias said condemned the Chinese regime's organ harvesting from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Falun Gong practitioners rushed to Jementah, a small town in Segamat, Johor, for their third parade of the day. It was their first Chinese New Year parade in this area. Lots of local residents welcomed them upon their arrival.
Local resident Mr. Lin said after watching the parade: “This is traditional Chinese culture. Very good. Jubilant! The costumes are beautiful!”
Mr. Xu, sitting beside Mr. Lin, said he was delighted to watch the parade and wished it could be held every year.
Mr. Yang Changxin, a photographer, felt peaceful and calm after watching the parade. He said, “Only you [Falun Gong practitioners] can maintain our culture.” He said he was aware of the persecution of Falun Gong in China from media reports, but was shocked to learn about forced organ harvesting. He said he would learn more about this issue online.