Call to promote Malaysia’s unique culture

Shahril Nizam (left) at the closing ceremony of Lestari Seni Budaya competition at Kompleks Warisan Sultan Abu Bakar.

JOHOR BARU: The state government is urged to conduct more programmes involving schoolchildren to promote Malaysia’s unique culture.

Johor Heritage Foundation director Shahril Nizam Abdul Rahim said culture and tradition should be practised through experiential learning.

“The foundation has been organising classes in visual arts, calligraphy, zapin and ghazal as well as taranum Quranic recital.

“We hope the state government, with collaboration from Education Department, can work with us to preserve our culture and heritage so that it can be passed on, ” he said after the closing ceremony for Lestari Seni Budaya competition at Kompleks Warisan Sultan Abu Bakar here.

Shahril Nizam said giving early exposure to the younger generation could nurture creativity and innovation.

He added that he hoped the collaboration between the state government and other related agencies would lead to a generation that loved their culture.

Meanwhile, Johor Heritage Foundation deputy director Kamarudin Ab Razak said technology and the borderless world were challenging to efforts to preserve local culture.

“The younger generations, if not taught, can be swayed easily by outside cultural influences.

“That is why the foundation will continue to organise classes and workshops on arts and culture, ” he said. — By REMAR NORDIN

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