KUALA LUMPUR: Community values practised in villages need to be inculcated among urban folk to ensure harmony, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Such community values, he said, could also instil unity and maintain cultural and traditional values among the city folk.
“Gotong-royong in villages helps to strengthen unity and I also noticed that the arts and culture here (in villages) is still strong.
“The urban communities need to adopt the values and practices so that we will not forget our own arts and culture.
“For example, how many Malay children know silat although this is our culture and life,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the Federal Territory-level 1Malaysia Community “Himpunan Kasih Sayang” event in Kampung Puah Lembah, Wangsa Maju, here yesterday.
During the event, Dr Rais also presented Deepavali contributions to 50 Indian residents.
He also gave away a computer and printer each to seven residents and financial assistance to three needy folk.
The ministry, he stressed, would build infrastructure to encourage the development of arts and culture in Kampung Puah as well as help to increase the living standards.
“We will prepare a craft facility if there is a sufficient number of female youths or petty traders involved in craft and other handiwork. A performing stage in the village will also encourage works of arts and culture,” he added.
He also said the Cabinet had decided to hold back the screening of the film Tanda Putera as it depicted inappropriate scenes which might cause conflict among the communities.
“Certain scenes depicting the May 13, 1969 tragedy were questioned by many quarters,” he said.
The film features efforts made by second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman to restore order after the May 13, 1969 disturbance.
The RM4.8mil film was produced by Pesona Pictures Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation and directed by Datin Paduka Suhaimi Baba. - Bernama
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