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Sunday December 9, 2012

Guards in traditional attire as tourist draw in old Istana

Dress to impress: Dr Rais greeting the guards in their traditional uniform at the main gate of the old
Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. With him is Kamaruddin. — Bernama Dress to impress: Dr Rais greeting the guards in their traditional uniform at the main gate of the old Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. With him is Kamaruddin. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: From Jan 1, two guards in Malay traditional attire will be stationed at the main gateway of the old Istana Negara here to revive the tradition of the Malay Sultanate of old.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday that this practice would help retain the old palace as a must-visit destination.

Tourists would be able to get a feel of the past as recorded in history books, he told reporters after a presentation of skills by Malay warriors in front of the old palace.

The practice would revive and portray the grandeur of the tradition of the old Malay Sultanate and ensure that it was safeguarded for future generations and not be forgotten, Dr Rais said.

“I am confident that with this way we can draw more visitors to see for themselves how palaces were guarded in the old days,” he added.

Dr Rais also said that from next year, several rooms and halls of the old palace would be opened to visitors to learn of their use during the reign of the 13 Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He said an inventory of the collections would be drawn up in an effort to preserve them.

Dr Rais was accompanied on the visit to the old Istana Negara by ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf and Museums Department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Ismail. - Bernama

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