Dancing around the politics of Mak Yong

Asila Jalil

Rosnan Rahman in a Mak Yong performance of Raja Besar Maha Gading at the Dewan Budaya auditorium in USM, Penang, recently. Mak Yong has a long and storied history in the northern parts of Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 17, 2019.

TRADITIONAL Mak Yong dance-drama theatre performances should not need the approval of Kelantan’s state administrators to be performed, said cultural activist Eddin Khoo.

He said the cultural heritage had existed for “hundreds of years”. The PAS state government banned Mak Yong in the 1990s, citing elements bordering on fantasy and ancient pre-Islamic beliefs.

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  • If we trust PAS who claims to respect multiculturalism....tahi pun boleh dimakan.

    Posted 4 years ago by Tanahair Ku