Push for national heritage status – NST

Extracted from NST http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/33bab/Article/index_html

2009/11/01

KUALA LUMPUR: The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry is pushing for Baba-Nyonya culture to be recognised as a national heritage. Its deputy minister, Senator Heng Seai Kie, said the recognition needed to be given as the culture had long existed in the country, from the time of the Malay sultanate in Malacca.

“The culture is still strong to this day,” she said after launching the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Baba-Nyonya Association (PPBNKLS) at the National Museum here yesterday.

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

PPBNKLS president Prof Dr Lee Su Kim said since the association was formed last year, it had carried out various activities. — Bernama

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