Assalamualaikum and Salam 1Malaysia,
All praises to Allah S.W.T. for only with His blessings and grace, the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) has been able to successfully establish this Cultural Mapping website. The purpose of this website is to make information on Malaysian traditional arts and culture available to the general public. With that in sight, this transformation task has been undertaken by the Research and Development (R&D) Branch of JKKN by utilizing applications of new media and latest technological development.
It is JKKN’s intent to build this website as a database. Therefore, as a start, information of THREE (3) main categories such as Performing Arts, Traditional Food and Traditional Games are collected and uploaded on the site. In near future, information on other new category such as Traditional Customs, Infrastructure Facilities and Figures/Activist of Arts will also be included.
JKKN committed to the development of this central database. The data collection process is still ongoing and has been supported with enthusiasms and undivided commitment from JKKN’s 14 state branches. Thus, this would enable information on the site to be consistently updated from time to time.
At last but not least, it is my utmost hope that this initiative by JKKN will be a part of the transformation catalysts in the overall efforts to spread and share information on our national arts and cultural heritage. May this website be one of the indispensable reference and guide to individuals and organizations of interest, art lovers and practitioners alike.
“Semarakkan Seni Budaya Bangsa”
Tan Sri Norliza Rofli
Director General of JKKN