Saturday, March 9, 2013

Malay News: Dancing in respect of women



KUALA LUMPUR: The entrance of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur turned into a dance floor when some 400 people took part in a flash mob organised by The Body Shop in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The dancers comprising customers, students from the Inti International University and Colleges, official radio partner’s Capital FM and staff and management of The Body Shop and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur danced to the tune of Break The Chain. Carrying the theme “Expect Respect”, the flash mob drew a crowd – with some snapping photos and recording the event on their handphone cameras. Also there to support the event were Capital FM presenters Xandria Ooi and Priscillia See­lan. The Capital FM staff also handed out red roses to the ladies in the crowd to show their appreciation and admiration towards women. “Normally, we associate flowers with Valentine’s Day when men give it to women. So we thought, why not have women give out flowers to other women so we can express our appreciation for them,” said Capital FM Sdn Bhd general manager Lynette Ow. Dancing among the crowd was The Body Shop managing director Datin Mina Cheah-Foong who felt that getting people to sign up and be a part of the flash mob was a way for them to actively show their support to end violence against women. “Women have little control of their bodies. There are people trying to control how women dress and now it is unbelievable that they are now trying to control the idea of dance. “This flash mob is a way for us to reclaim our bodies for dance and to celebrate women all over the globe,” she said.

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