Family learns more about famed explorer


IT was an informative outing for businessman Nazaran Jumat and his family at the exhibition on Admiral Zheng He in Ipoh. 

The family, from Parit, did not mind braving the rain and the traffic to travel some 40km to the event. 

It was organised by Popular Book Company and the Malaysian Chinese Cultural Society (Perak branch). 

Nazaran said his four young children enjoyed learning about the legendary mariner. 

“It is interesting to find out that the Chinese admiral was a Muslim,” said Nazaran, 39, when met on Saturday at the exhibition which is being held at Jaya Jusco in the Kinta City Shopping Centre in Ipoh. 

His wife, Rokiah Md Ali, 37, said she learnt more about the life of Zheng He and his adventures at the exhibition. 

Popular's Perak manager Esther Yee said the event was held to commemorate the 600th anniversary of Zheng He’s voyages. 

Yee said the people could find out more about the life of the explorer and the places he visited during his seafaring days in the 15th century. 

She added that there were 200 photographs and paintings on display as well as models of Zheng He's ship. 

The exhibition, which ends on Nov 27, had been on a roadshow in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Teluk Intan, said Yee. 

Perak Urban and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Chang Ko Youn opened the exhibition which had information on the explorer in three languages.  

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