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Kelantan’s guidelines turning Mak Yong into ‘something else’ entirely, group says September 30, 2019 – Posted in: In The News

BY EMMANUEL SANTA MARIA CHIN KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Strict guidelines imposed by the Kelantan government on Mak Yong performances, despite recently lifting an almost three-decade-long ban, have seen the art move away from its historical roots, said arts NGO Pusaka. Its chairman Eddin Khoo was quoted by The Star saying the restrictions imposed on Mak Yong, a traditionally female-dominated performance which is distinctive to Kelantan’s history, has seen it transform into “something else”. “After the…

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Kelantan lifts Mak Yong ban after two decades, but insists performances must be Shariah-compliant – Posted in: In The News

Published 4 days ago on 25 September 2019 BY ZURAIRI AR KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — The Kelantan state government has reportedly lifted its ban on the traditional dance theatre called Mak Yong today, after more than two decades. New Straits Times reported Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah as saying that performances, however, must adhere to Shariah-compliant requirements and guidelines, such as making it compulsory for performers to cover up. “There must also be no…

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‘Islamkan’ Mak Yong kalau mahu di Kelantan, kata PAS – Posted in: In The News

26 September 2019 OLEH ALIFF FIKRI AZIZ KUALA LUMPUR, 26 Sept — Kerajaan Kelantan menggesa tarian tradisional Mak Yong di negeri itu “diislamkan” untuk persembahan.  Malah timbalan menteri besarnya berkata kalau boleh, perkara tidak sesuai dalam pertunjukan itu juga mesti diubah, lapor Sinar Harian. “Mak Yong pun boleh diislamkan, buang unsur-unsur yang tidak sesuai. Penceritaannya kita ubah sedikit, tidak ada masalah,” kata Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah. “Pejabat mufti sudah keluarkan surat kebenaran apabila dia melihat…

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Ban on Mak Yong in Kelantan lifted – Posted in: In The News

By Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah KOTA BARU: The Mak Yong dance can now be performed in Kelantan after a ban of some 28 years. Kelantan deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah however said those who wish to stage the dance can only do so after they comply with syariah requirements and guidelines, that include making it compulsory for Mak Yong performers to cover their aurat. The organisers also need to ensure separation between men and…

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Significance of the Malay house September 3, 2019 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

A. MURAD MERICAN August 11, 2014 SOME weeks back, I was interviewed for an article on the phenomenon ofbalik kampung, whichritualistically happens towards the end of Ramadan to celebrate the first day of the month of Syawal — what we call Hari Raya Aidilfitri or just Hari Raya. One of the things I said was that the event represents returning to our primordial being, back to our origins, a perfect bliss embodied in the ramifications…

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Rumah Melayu – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

Kembara Seorang Penyair Rumah MelayuOleh Muhammad Haji Salleh Rumah ialah tempat tinggal bangsa dan tamadunnya, tempat lahir dan membesar, tempat berlindung dari alam dan menikmati makna alam. Akhirnya rumah menjalin peradaban manusia dengan alam itu sendiri. Dua bahagian ini bertemu di tangga, di halaman, dan juga di tebar layar dan silam bayung yang melangit. Yang cukup menarik ialah hakikat bahawa rumah Melayu menarik perhatian cukup banyak arkitek dan pengkaji. Sejak tahun 1930-an oleh Hilton, melalui…

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NGOs push for Sungai Buloh leprosy settlement’s Unesco heritage listing August 29, 2019 – Posted in: In The News

by Soo Wern Jun SUNGAI BULOH, Aug 25 — Three years after the idea was first mooted to list the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement as a Unesco World Heritage site, it is no nearer to achieving its objective. The Sungai Buloh Settlement Heritage Committee is currently working with the National Heritage Department and the Selangor State Government to get the settlement nominated. It was first in July 2016 when the National Heritage Department saw the…

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Mak Yong: A rich artistic heritage August 13, 2019 – Posted in: In The News

By Alan Teh Leam Seng – April 7, 2019 @ 8:20am UNITED Nations (UN) special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune’s call for the Kelantan state government to lift the ban on the Mak Yong performance and other traditional Malay art forms caught the attention of many Malaysians, including myself. Her comments made on the side-lines of the recently held 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture Kuala Lumpur 2019 made sense. Instead of stifling…

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Time running out for wayang kulit, Mak Yong? – Posted in: In The News

By Veena Babulal – August 12, 2019 @ 1:23pm FEAR, ignorance and insecurity over Mak Yong and Wayang Kulit may see the two iconic cultural traditions eventually die out. Its artistes’ inability to move with the times to safeguard the cultural traditions may also contribute to their demise, said Associate Professor Dr A.S. Hardy Shafii. The director of Dewan Budaya Universiti Sains Malaysia made his observations from years of studying the two cultural traditions, especially Mak Yong. This…

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17 April 2016: Earth Day 2016 special – Posted in: Uncategorized

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi Each year, April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It acknowledges the responsibility we bear to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. Today, Earth Day is recognised as the largest…

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