The Pangkor-Sanya Chinese Muslim exhibition, at the Perak State Library, had its launching ceremony on the Thursday, March 12. The library’s foyer was a hive of activities with school students, guests and media representatives, as this was the first of its kind in Perak.
It showcased the historical linkage between Chinese Muslims from Sanya City of Hainan Island and Pangkor Island of Perak.
Proudly quoting the saying, “tuntutlah ilmu sampai ke negara China” (“we must seek knowledge”) Puan Salbiah Mohamed the Chairperson of the Perak Public Library Board, in her opening remarks, expressed her gratitude to the organisers and those present.
Clad in a beautiful shade of purple, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi, the Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, hoped that the exhibition, which coincided with the school holidays, would help promote tourism in Perak and also in Sanya, China. Present at the event were Chairman of Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam China, Dr Yusuf Liu Baojun and Chief Executive Officer of K-Perak, Mohd Nazaruddin Mohd Yusoff.
The launch coincided with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Perak State Library and K-Perak in developing e-library and e-learning.
The exhibition featured craftworks with a blend of Islamic and Chinese traditions, old Muslim coins found in China some dating back to over 500 years ago, Arabic calligraphic works in traditional Chinese style, Chinese-Muslim artefacts and a number of Chinese publications on Islam.