History was rewritten yesterday a decade on, with HRH Sultan Ibrahim joining us in celebrating our city’s annual homecoming. Shouts of “Daulat Tuanku” rang out along with “Huat ah! Heng ah!” when the Johor Chingay street parade marched past the grandstand where the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, viewed the annual tradition of Chingay Kuil Kuno Johor on Sunday.
HRH Sultan Ibrahim beating the drum to launch the Johor Chingay street parade
Flanked by Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Mohamed Khalid Nordin, Johor executive councilor, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association chairman, Datuk Seri Tey Kim Chai.
Although the Johor Sultan witnessed the Johor Chingay street parade in 2006 while he was the Crown Prince, this was the first time he had attended as the as the Johor ruler. A souvenir book on the history of this annual tradition of Chingay Kuil Kuno Johor, published by the JB Tiong-Hua Association was presented to the Johor ruler.
Published in three languages – English, Malay and Chinese – copies of this book are available from the JB Tiong Hua Association as well as online. The montage of cover photos on the souvenir book were by Kenny Seah and Tang King Huat, with the event highlights provided by Hanks Lai, while information research was contributed by the sub-committee of the Johor Old Chinese Temple and the Johor Baru Chinese Heritage Museum.
The layout design was by the team at Interesthink Sdn Bhd and members of the editorial team include Su King Siang, Lew Kee Keong (KK), Tony Wong Kok Poh, Shirley Lee, Yee Tuck Wee and Irene Chen Yeok Choo. Peggy Loh contributed the English copy which was translated into Malay and Chinese by Jassmine Shadiqe and Mok Whui Ying.
In addition to this souvenir book, the JB Tiong Hua Association also invites viewers to enjoy this year’s Chingay parade through live streaming telecast on http://johorchingay.com. According to Tan Chai Puan, a cultural activist and co-founder of the art of the 24 Festive Drums, and associate editor of the book along with Lim Kong Yong and Koh Lian Lee, the association was able to assemble a number of Johor talents and sponsors to participate in a host of activities organised for this year’s Chingay festival, a reminder of the importance of Johor’s annual tradition to the Chinese not only in our local community but also to a global audience.