Heng: Accord Baba-Nyonya culture heritage status – Bernama

Extracted from The Star. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/2/nation/5020970&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Information, Communication and Culture Ministry is pushing for the Baba-Nyonya culture to be recognised as a national heritage.

Its deputy minister Senator Heng Seai Kie said the recognition should be accorded as the culture had long existed in the country – from the time of the Malay sultanate in Malacca.

“The Baba-Nyonya culture is still strong to this day especially in terms of traditions and dressing,” she said after launching the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Baba-Nyonya Association at the National Museum here on Saturday.

Heng (second from right) and Lee (left) dancing the ‘joget lambak’ after launching the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Baba-Nyonya Association at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.— Bernama

Heng said, prior to the setting up of the association, various efforts had been undertaken to promote the culture like publishing catalogues and reference books on it besides organising exhibitions in 1985 and 2005.

Association president Prof Dr Lee Su Kim said the association – which was formed on July 28, 2008, with 60 members – had carried out various activities to en-sure the culture lived on. — Bernama

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