Preserving Perak’s Heritage

By James Gough

The first ever living heritage exhibition showcasing the traditional arts and crafts and cultures from throughout the state was held with much fanfare and colour.

Dato Hamidah (2nd from left) greeted by dancing Lions on arrival. On her right is Kinta Heritage Director Adib Vincent Tung

Themed the “1 Malaysia, Perak Lost Heritage” the exhibition was held at the Garden Villa, 5 Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah until December 5. It was co-organised by the Kinta Heritage Group and the State government with the purpose of creating awareness of cultures and traditions around us.

Silat demonstration

Perak Tourism Chairman, Dato’ Hamidah Osman, who officiated at the opening of the exhibition was greeted by dancing lions upon her arrival followed with a silat exhibition.

Kinta Heritage Director, Adib Vincent Tung who welcomed Hamidah, was dressed in the traditional Malay costume complete with Sampin and matching headgear, setting the mood for the exhibition. Also present on the morning was Malaysia’s favorite cartoonist Dato’ Mohammad Nor Khalid more endearingly known as Lat.

Hamidah, in her address praised the organizers for initiating this exhibition saying that “we should preserve our valuable heritage and culture for the next generation and repeating her often mentioned slogan, “once our heritage is gone, it is gone forever’.

The craftsmen demonstrated how to make rattan baskets, wooden clogs, the Malay Keris, a lions head or head gear from palm leaves.

Semai song and dance

Semai Orang Asli from Ulu Geroh performed their melodic song and dance and the Punjabi community the lively Bhangra dance.

All the cultures were available for viewing at one location. The week long exhibition recorded over 1,200 visitors.



The week long exhibition
recorded over 1200 visitors.
Preserving
Perak’s
Blood Donation Drive: The Gift of Life on Saturday Dec 18 at the lobby of Hospital Heritage
Fatimah from 9.00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The blood donation drive is in collaboration with
Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun. Donors will receive a free general blood screening
(M50) by Gribbles Pathology (lipid, renal, glucose and urine tests).
PSPA Singers Choral Presentation on ‘A Message of Love and Inspiration’ on
Sunday Dec 19 at 8 p.m. at YMCA Ipoh. Admission is free. Donations collected
at this second charity performance will go to the Orang Asli Community. Contact
YMCA (Michael Thong or Grace): 05-2540809 or PSPA (Sara): 05-5487814.
Wawasan Open University Information Day at its Ipoh regional office on Sunday,
Dec 19 (10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Counselling for those wishing to enrol. A 50 per
cent waiver on processing fee and gifts for those registering on this day. Call: 05-
2426323/05-2436323.
Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Chess Championship 2010 – Grand Final on Dec 19 at
Dewan MSN, Majlis Sukan Negeri Perak. Contact: En Yunus Sharif 013-3908129.
Details at PICA website: http://perakchess.blogspot.com.
Perak Malayalee Association (PMA) Family Day & Sports Carnival on Sunday
Dec 19 from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. at Sekolah Menengah Tarcisian Convent, Jalan
Abdul Manap, Lim Garden, Ipoh. Call: 012-5381939 (K. Letchimanan) or 012-
5279650 (K.P. Thatatean).
Olympia College ‘Open Day’ on Tuesday Dec 21 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. at
its premises: 18 Jln C.M. Yusuff, Ipoh. Also a talk on “Know Your Future Career” at
3.00-4.00 p.m. Contact Mr Foong at: 05-2433868 or 017-5341834.
Malam Anugerah Ikon Usahanita Negeri Perak 2010 on Tuesday, Dec 28 at 7.30
p.m. at the Town Hall, Ipoh. Guests-of-Honour: MB Perak, Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry
Abdul Kadir and wife. Call: Datin Ruby 012-8331801, Pn Maznah 016-5937295 or
Pn Bibi 017-5858477.
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Perak – ‘Introduction to Bird-Watching’ Course
on Jan 9 at YMCA Ipoh & Kinta Nature Park. RM20 per pax includes classroom
lectures and practical field trip to Kinta Nature Park.
Contact: Chan Kai Soon 012-531 5670, chankaisoon@hotmail.com or log on: www.
mnsperak.wordpress.com.
By James Gough

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