Ahad, 20 Februari 2011

Kampung Puah Lembah To Be Cultural Hub

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Feb (Bernama) -- Kampung Puah, a traditional village in Jalan Gombak, is to be developed as a cultural hub, Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said today.

He said that Kampung Puah was chosen because the residents had retained traditions like the gotong-royong community effort, and they were very close-knit.

It was different in atmosphere from Kampung Baru, which was caught up by the fast pace of development in the city, Rais told reporters at a "people's feast" at Kampung Puah.

"Amid the high tempo development of Kuala Lumpur, we see cultural insets like Little India in Brickfields and Petaling Street, but we do not have any place showing Malay kampung culture," he said.

"What is important for us to work on is solidarity in this village through the 1Malaysia concept."

Rais said that Kampung Puah, representing six other villages in the Wangsa Maju parliamentary constituency, would be a centre for cultural activities and for collecting handicrafts.

An arts and culture centre was expected to be established with the cooperation of the Tourism Ministry and City Hall within three months, he said.

Kampung Puah and the other villages -- Kampung Puah Asal, Kampung Puah Lembah, Kampung Sungai Mulia, Kampung Sungai Merali, Kampung Haji Idris and Kampung Bandar Dalam -- have over 3,000 residents altogether.

Earlier in his speech, Rais urged the residents to hold firm to the kampung way of life despite being in the midst of city development.

"We should not be so attracted to city life that we forget our own culture," he said.

Rais later presented computers to students from several schools in Wangsa Maju.


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