Minister: Museum ideal for Putrajaya


geetha@thestar.com.my 

THE Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry is planning to set up a museum in Putrajaya. 

Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said a museum would be appropriate for a planned city like Putrajaya, prior to launching Agro Craft Putrajaya 2006 at Taman Warisan Pertanian (TWP) in Precinct 16, Putrajaya. 

He said a museum would fit in well with the Government's plans to establish Putrajaya as a nucleus city with much to offer in terms of heritage, culture, architecture and the arts. Rais also cited TWP as a good effort towards preserving the national heritage. 

Rais (right) launching the event as Mardi director-general Dr Abdul Shukor Abdul Rahman (left) and Samsudin look on.

“Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Samsudin Osman has been handed the huge task of ensuring Putrajaya runs well and merging art with heritage and culture requires careful thought and planning,” said Rais.  

Samsudin was also present in his capacity as Putrajaya Corporation president. 

Agro Craft kicked off on June 26 to rekindle interest in agro-based items and activities. TWP park management company Marditech Corporation Sdn Bhd put together a comprehensive itinerary for the weeklong event. 

Park head Abdul Rahman Haron said the event gave small- and medium-scale industries the chance to promote their wares and gain more exposure. 

Craft-based items are the mainstay of the event that ends tomorrow, with batik, songket, local handicraft and souvenirs topping the list. Several workshops were also organised for the benefit of those who wanted to learn the finer aspects of craft making. 

Songket weaving, batik painting, fruit carving and flower arrangements were taught during the sessions. On its part, Risda promoted rubber-based craft through demonstrations and sales at Hevea Collections. 

Traditional ball games like “sepak raga” were organised for adults while there were colouring competitions for the kids. Traditional games in the form of “congkak,” “galah panjang” and bowling with coconuts ensured everyone had good fun. 

Visitors at TWP in the evenings were also entertained by cultural dancers from City Hall and Sekolah Alam Shah, Putrajaya. Several boutiques around the city also teamed up for the fashion shows.  

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