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Malaysia is truly Asia, but with no intangible cultural asset listed in the UNESCO list

The Minister of Information, Communications, and Culture Rais Yatim is either sleeping or no intention to keep local cultural assets under Malaysia.

Indonesia has listed batik, kris and more as their national heritage with UNESCO. In other example, chingay procession first appeared in Penang in 1905 was hijacked by our down south neighbor and make the Chingay theirs heritage.

What else is leftover for Malaysia? May be Dais Yatim should submit NEP as Malaysia cultural heritage asset. Or we may have to nominate tree house as Malaysia cultural asset in one day as what written in the English encyclopedia.

In a quick glance, there are tons of local invented cultural assets can be nominated by the authorities.

Malay – Wau, Mayong, gasing (top spinning), etc.

Chinese – Chingay, lion dance on high pole, 13-session drum, bak kut teh, etc.

Indian – I have no idea, let me know if you know about any local invented Indian culture.

Kadazan – Sumazau dance, Kadazan attire, etc.

Dayak – Kancet Papatai Dance (war dance) , etc.

Our Minister Rais Yatim please do something before Malaysia is truly nothing in Asia.

Three Indonesian Cultural Assets Forwarded As World Heritages

DENPASAR, Bali, Dec 27 (Bernama) — The Cultural and Tourism Resources Agency (BSDKP) of the Culture and Tourism Ministry said three Indonesian cultural heritages will be forwarded to Unesco in 2011 for nomination as world cultural heritages, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.

“The three Indonesian cultural heritages are the Bali traditional dance, Noken and the Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature (TMII),” Director for Research and Cultural Development of the Cultural and Tourism Resources Agency of the Cultural and Tourism Ministry Harry Waluyo said here Sunday.

He said the choice of the three cultural heritages was because they reflected Indonesia’s geographical representation as Indonesian culture has been concentrated in Java Island only.

This can be proven by the recognition of the Angklung (bamboo musical instruments) as the world’s cultural heritage from Indonesia by Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2010.

“So, after West Java, the choice of forwarding Indonesian culture to Unesco was switched to the culture outside Java island, namely Bali and Papua,” Harry said.

Harry said there are nine regencies or cities of Balinese dances in Bali.

While Noken had been chosen because it has become a special icon of the people of Papua. Noken or Agiya is an instrument normally used by women in Papua’s interior to sing a lullaby for their babies.

Noken is made of special wood which does not break easily, like rattan.

Noken is gradually developed in its production with the passage of time. After it is woven, Noken is given different colours and became very attractive. Noken is normally found at traditional markets in Papua.

“And the TMII had been chosen because it will be made a model of cultural arrangement by other countries,” Harry said.

He said besides the three to be forwarded to Unesco, in 2011 the Saman dance will also be declared an Indonesian world heritage.


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