By Nursyahirah Ariffin
Photo by Marina Ismail
SERDANG, Nov 20 (UPM) – The Malay Heritage Museum, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication (FBMK), will be the new location for an old Pahang house that was taken down in Jerantut and will be re-assembled at its grounds, enabling Malay architecture enthusiasts as well as researchers to conduct research and other conservation purposes.
The 90-year-old house was built in the Kelola district, Jerantut in 1924 and was previously occupied by the district headman, Ismail Khatib Bakar.
The house was symbolically handed over to UPM by the Jerantut parliamentarian, Ahmad Nazlan Idris and the process of relocating the house to its new location will take place soon.
Meanwhile, the Malay Heritage Museum, in collaboration with the Department of Museums Malaysia, Faculty of Design and Architecture and Ladang Alam Warisan organised the Malay Heritage Architecture Exhibition, from November 20 to 28.
FBMK Dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Mua'ti@Zamri Ahmad, said the exhibition was aimed to foster the Malay heritage through the establishment of the Malay Heritage Museum in UPM, which is also the first museum of its kind in the country.
"This exhibition would be beneficial to the Malays because it could contribute knowledge through generations," he said.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the International Malay Art and Culture (IMAC): Malay Civilization Heritage prelude was also held from November 21 to 23, which highlighted Malay cultural performances such as traditional dances, traditional music performances and martial art demonstrations.
There were also traditional games such as lompat getah (skipping rope), congkak, marble/spinning tops, painting the kites, ting ting (hopscotch) and konda kondi offered for the public to experience them.
Social and Cultural Affairs Advisor to the Government, Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, who officiated the event, said the number of students studying subjects pertaining to the Malay studies are only a handful and the situation is also substantiated by the heads of Malay studies at other universities.
"Perhaps it is due to today’s generation interests in other subjects that make them neglect their own culture and heritage," he said.