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96.6m rice dragon sculpture for Hungry Ghost festival

KAMPAR: A dragon sculpture from 15 tonnes of rice was made by the Kampar Hawkers and Petty Traders Association in conjunction with the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Laid out on a long table in the old town centre, near the association’s headquarters at Jalan Ampang here, the sculpture is 96.6m long from head to tail.
The three-dimensional sculpture is highly detailed, with a golden headpiece and further decorated with gold pieces on its body.
Association chairman Loy Kam Yow said that about 30 volunteers took two weeks to create the sculp-ture.
“We received some 1,500 bags of rice weighing 10kg each from Good Samaritans and donors from all over Malaysia for the sculpture,” he said.
“The dragon symbolises prosperity and we hope the people will be blessed with it.
“We will also be giving away the rice after a prayer session on Sept 7,” he added.
Loy said this was not their first rice dragon sculpture. A previous sculp­ture in 2015 was recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the Longest Dragon Rice Formation.
Loy said that apart from the dragon sculpture, they also created a 23.8-m tall paper deity of the “Da Shi Yeh” or Ghost King and two 46m long paper ships.
“These will be burned as offerings to honour the dead.”
He added that the association will also hold “concerts” for spirits, a karaoke session and lucky draws for the public.
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