Nostalgic Malays in Hong Kong keep hopes afloat with dragon boat racing team to mark annual Tuen Ng Festival amid Covid-19 restrictions

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The first time Derek Leong Wei Jian finished dragon boat training at Stanley Beach, he was so sore that the 23-year-old psychology student considered not returning the following week. It was his Malaysian teammates who gave him the push to try again, and he finally began to look forward to the sessions. Dressed in their yellow jerseys, Leong and his 39 teammates, known as the “Merdeka Paddlers”, will be the first group from Malaysia to compete in the Stanley Invitational Cup in Hong Kong in June …