PORT DICKSON: The Archipelago Malay Keris and Customs Organisation (Pesantara) is targeting to recruit between 10,000 and 20,000 members this year.
Its president Datuk Abdul Rashid Maideen said the association had 200 associated and honorary members after it was set up in August last year.
“Those keen to become a member of Pesantara must have an interest and knowledge of the Malay customs so that the aspiration of the association to uphold the Malay customs is achieved.
“Applicants will be vetted to determine their background, knowledge and understanding of the Malay customs because we do not want to damage the image of the organisation,” he said after a tea function with Pesantara.
Also present were Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia adviser Tunku Azwil Tunku Abdul Razak and State Women Affairs, Family and Welfare Committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon.
He said Pesantara was set up to carry out welfare, cultural, arts and archipelago Malay customs programmes and protect the royalty.
One of the programmes proposed this year would be the staging of a theatre on the arrival of Raja Melewar to Malaya, which is a co-operation between Pesantara and the Negri Sembilan State Museum. — Bernama