Sep 26, 2011

No Parang for 2011!


Well it looks like the current State of Emergency has snared another victim - Parang! Parang as in no parang festival for 2011.  The National Parang Association recently cancelled the official launch date that was scheduled for September 17, 2011.

The follow up news in not good. Many Parang bands are reporting cancellation of party engagements, the bread and butter of these bands for the Christmas season.  This has nothing to do with the competition but if these bands can't go out  and earn income the same will apply for the competition venues. Most of the competitions take place around the country late into the night. This does not bode well with the current State of Emergency and curfew hours that apply from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. 

If the State of Emergency is not lifted then the the National Parang Association should become creative and hold the competition during the day on the weekends. Saturday and Sunday could work. People who love Parang would make the effort to attend. If this is done then they would be able to get the government prize monies that would be needed during this period. Some money is better than none at all!

Yes we love our Parang but we have to obey the laws of the land. It is unfortunate that so many people would be affected because of the SoE. It is an unfortunate situation but I have to say, "Country First!"

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