KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 – There needs to be strategic cooperation between government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGO) to ensure Malay heritage is preserved and remains relevant in the future, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said the cooperation was important for the preservation, development and education on Malay heritage which would benefit all stakeholders.
“NGOs such as the Malay Businessmen and Industrialists Association of Malaysia (Perdasama) can think of how Malay heritage products can be marketed within the country and overseas. “The economic value of Malay heritage products will then increase and the industry will develop and become more successful,” he said when opening the Malay World Heritage Congress and Exhibition 2014 here Tuesday.
Also present were Perdasama president Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry, Community and Alumni Network), Prof Dr Norsaadah Ismail. Muhyiddin, said the cooperation would encourage efforts to preserve Malay heritage as a crucial part of the country for the benefit of the present and future generations.
He pointed out that efforts to develop Malay culture and heritage were important especially for non-Malays to know the Malay race better. He said the different culture, language and heritage of each race would not be an obstacle to unity and prosperity of a multi-racial society. “On the other hand, it would contribute to creating a society which recognises the cultural and traditional heritage of each group in a harmonious environment,” he said.
Muhyiddin said through Malay culture and heritage, society could highlight values it had upheld for centuries to become a guide to the present and future generations. Commenting on the congress today, the Deputy Prime Minister said it was the best platform to draw up an industrial development plan based on Malay heritage as well as emphasise positive elements in Malay civilisation and culture.
The two-day Malay World Heritage Congress and Exhibition 2014 which began today was organised by Perdasama and UiTM. It aims to be a platform to gather culture activists, academics, policy makers and other related parties to discuss resolutions which could be catalysts in developing the cultural heritage.
Among the objectives are to unite the Malays and Bumiputeras from within the country and overseas in a network by setting up the Economic Intelligence Centre and preserve Malay and bumiputera intellectual property. Nine working papers will be presented and two luncheon talks would be held during the congress.