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Hassan Othman has been making the Arabian stringed lute or gambus in Senggarang, Batu Pahat, for the past 40 years. This musical instrument is sought after by ghazal groups in Malaysia and Singapore and collectors of ethnic musical instruments from all over the world.
BATU PAHAT: The gambus, the pear-shaped Malay lute used in i>ghazal/iand i>zapin/imusic, continues to be a vibrant part of the local scene with people like Halidan Ithnin making sure the art of making the instrument stays alive.
JOHOR BARU: Batu Pahat is the third place in the country to obtain the Geographical Identification (GI) for its gambus making industry.
Johor 'hadramaut' gambus maker wants to see more recognition and documentation for the traditional instrument.