Wednesday, June 06, 2012
THE Information, Communications and Culture Ministry will initiate efforts to rewrite Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals) in a modern style to make it more interesting for students.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, said the ministry would collaborate with higher learning institutions, such as the Institute of Malay Civilisation and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Upsi).
“We should encourage the effort as Sejarah Melayu can be interesting reading for primary and secondary schools.
“The old texts will be modernised although we will retain the storyline in its original narration.
“In this way, there will be renewed interest in the texts.
“If Sejarah Melayu is left in its old form, it won’t develop much.”
Rais said this after launching an exhibition on the Sulalatus Salatin empire of the Malacca sultanate by artist Ismail Embong at Balai Seni Visual Negara, here, yesterday.
On when the ministry was expected to complete restyling Sejarah Melayu, Rais said: “It depends on Upsi.
“The ministry will provide the support and commensurate contributions.
“We need dedicated individuals to study the original texts in order to convert them to the new style.”
On the exhibition by Ismail, Rais said it was the first time that the history of the Malacca sultanate had been narrated in art form.
He said the creation was significant as Ismail had succeeded in highlighting various aspects of the sultanate by using characters of the modern generation, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his drawings.
Rais also said the ministry would produce a documentary on Ismail’s contributions to the art industry.
The exhibition, which started yesterday, will run until June 30 at Gallery 1A, Balai Seni Visual Negara. It is open to the public for free, from 10am to 6pm every day. Bernama