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29 juli 2008 13:36

FSBM-KB, Raising a Commitment to Preserve Malay Culture

FSBM-KB, Raising a Commitment to Preserve Malay Culture

Sanggau, MelayuOnline.com- The celebration of West Kalimantan Malay Cultural festival (FSBM-KB) was not merely aimed at performing various attractions and Malay cultural competitions, but a seminar on “West Kalimantan Malay Culture and Dress Code” was also conducted at that festival. The committee hoped that the collective awareness of preserving Malay culture would arise among the Malay people.

The seminar was opened by the head committee – H. Muhammad Natsir HS – who reported that the participants of this year festival increased up to 1.200 people and was followed by 14 districts from the entire West Kalimantan. “30 representatives from Malaysia and 2 representatives from Brunei Darussalam came also to this festival,” Natsir added.


Haji Abang Imien Thaha, the Head of Malay Adat and Cultural Assembly of West Kalimantan (MABM-KB), on his speech said that such seminar was very useful to introduce Malay culture to the Malay youth, even though most of the participants coming to the festival were dominated old men. His opinion was based on the festival‘s theme that is revealing and preserving Malay culture.

Before the seminar was begun, a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Center for Research and Development of Malay Culture (BKPBM) and MABM-KB was signed, continuing the visit of MelayuOnline.com‘s crews to the MABM-KB‘s office on July 18th. Came to sign the MoU were H. Abang Imien Thaha and Mahyudin Al Mudra,the Head of BKPBM.


Came also to be the witnesses of the MoU signing were Dr. H. Chairil Effendy, MS – MABM-KB‘s Daily Executive; Drs. H. Rusman Namsurie – the General Secretary of MABM-KB; Hadi Kurniawan – BKPBM‘s Daily Executive; Yuhasatina Sinaro – BKPBM‘s Public Relations Officer; and the audiences of the seminar.

Both institutions agreed to carry on some clauses below:

  1. Data exchange on Malay culture
  2. Book publishing about West Kalimantan Malay (Borneo Malay)
  3. Exhibiting seminar, symposium, and workshop on Borneo Malay
  4. Expanding co-operative network
  5. Preserving Borneo Malay historical properties.

Those five clauses will be expired by 2012.

The General Secretary of West Kalimantan Province – Drs. H. Sakirman – welcomed cordially the MoU signing between BKPBM and MABM-KB. “I hope there would be abundant positive contributions for the global Malay world. Moreover, BKPBM – with its three cyber portals namely MelayuOnline.com, MalayTourism.com, and RajaAliHaji.com – has done a step ahead from MABM-KB,” Sakirman said.

Preserve Malay Culture

Seminar on Malay Culture and Dress Code presented three speakers: Prof. Dr. Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Bakar – University of Malaya; Dr. Pabani M. Musa – a cultural observer from West Kalimantan – who replaced Dr. HC. Tenas Effendy; and Mahyudin Al Mudra.

Latif delivered his paper about the leadership of Malay cultural institutions under the reign of democracy. According to Latif, a leader of cultural institutions ought to be able to fight against globalization (western culture) that is, sometimes, not match for Malay culture.

“Cultural institutions should actively act in society to shape out Malay traditional culture in modern ways. Besides, it also requires serious research on Malay culture such as what MelayuOnline.com has done so far,” Latif remarked enthusiastically.

Came as the second speaker was Dr. Prabani M. Musa, replacing Dr. HC. Tenas Effendy. His explication focused on the Malay traditional dress code. Tenas Effendy‘s paper entitled Tata Cara Pakaian Beradat (Cultural Dress-code) which was presented by Musa would like to deliver a message that Malay dress code is the way to show the true identity of Malay.

“The elements on Malay traditional dress code ought not to forget its original identity considering that dress code symbolizes certain identity,” Musa said. To some extent, Musa likewise told the audience that Malay traditional dress code will lead Malay people to “self-realize,” since Malay traditional dress code bears the meaning as Tunjuk Ajar Melayu (Malay Learning Guidance).

Mahyudin Al Mudra, who was appointed as the last speaker on the seminar, caught three important points which were not mentioned by two other speakers. Those three points were Malay cultural heritages, Malay social patterns, and Malay philosophy of life.

Those three cultural aspects begin to be ignored by the Malay youth. The Malay youth argue that Malay culture is solely an ancient, uninteresting, and stagnant cultural civilization. “What should we do when the Malay youth generations stand on such mindset?” Mahyudin asked.

“At least there are three points that we can draw from the effort to preserve Malay culture. Firstly, knowing, understanding, and appreciating our ancestors‘ achievement. Secondly, using the first point as the underpinning of creating a better future. The last one is the great potencies of cultural heritages can lead us to the spiritual or economic prosperities,” Mahyudin remarked.

From his explanation above Mahyudin wanted to make the audiences realize the great potencies of Malay cultural heritages, either tangible or intangible. Therefore, Mahyudin called the audiences to set Malay art and culture in non-traditional ways before publishing them to the world. Hopefully, such efforts may lead the Malay people to the spiritual and economical prosperities.


At the end of the seminar, Datuk Abang Imien Thaha gave those speakers some souvenirs typically West Kalimantan Malay. After that, the seminar ended.

(km/brt/07-08)

(NI/ter/24/07-08)

Fotografer: Aam Ito Tistomo


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