O CHILDREN of Adam! Indeed, We have bestowed upon you from on high [the knowledge of making] garments to cover your nakedness, and as a thing of beauty: but the garment of God-consciousness is the best of all. Herein lies a message from God, so that man might take it to heart.


O children of Adam! Do not allow Satan to seduce you in the same way as he caused your ancestors to be driven out of the garden: he deprived them of their garment [of God-consciousness] in order to make them aware of their nakedness. Verily, he and his tribe are lying in wait for you where you cannot perceive them! 


Al A’RAF (26 – 27)





 The decision to remove “Arts” from the name of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture (MICC) is seen by some as a move to sideline the arts and their proponents.


In the NST editorial (April 16) Minister Dato’ Seri Rais Yatim is urged to embrace the creativity of the practitioners of literature, music, dance, theatre, film and art i.e. the key components of the arts and include them in his think tanks.


While the works of some of these artistes are indeed commendable and have enriched the modern cultural life of the nation, one has to adopt a more holistic, inclusive approach to culture as encompassing both the traditional and the modern. “Culture” is indeed the higher-order word and motherboard from which springs the arts in all its myriad forms.  


Much of the modern arts veers towards marrying old elements of heritage with the new; a fusion of locally bred elements with global influences. They have not developed in a vacuum but have been continuously influenced by the intellectual and socio-cultural environment of the peoples they represent.


Malaysia is a country rich in the traditions of Malay, Chinese, Indian and other ethnic cultures which were developed from their much purer forms in the past. To negate the cultural influences of the past is to deny one’s heritage. To forget that the arts is a living part of this heritage is to adopt a shortsighted interpretation of culture.


Besides, a Ministry with 3 all-encompassing components is much easier to manage that one with a mouthful of names. It is now up to Dato’Seri Rais Yatim to effectively determine the scope and functions of each of these component for the Ministry to implement the nitty gritty of systems, policies and procedures. 




8 Responses to “”

  1. 1 Sofiya
    April 19, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Wow nini, nice blog! I alredi give you the youtube video but here is the lik anyway:


  2. 2 ninitalk
    April 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you Sof! I hope you will visit often and post your comments if you like. Do tell Mummy, Papa and Rohan about it and all your cousins and friends too. It will be so nice to see lots of young people on NINITALK.

    I’ll also try to include some young and hip postings that you all will like OK! You and your friends can give me some ideas on this!

  3. 3 Sofiya
    April 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Nini try talking about…hmm… erm, movies!!!

  4. 4 ninitalk
    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Great idea Sof! I’ve seen so many good movies!

  5. April 23, 2009 at 1:18 am

    the PM announced the new merged ministry as information, heritage, arts and culture so how did communications come into the picture all of a sudden? also, information and communication is somewhat inter-related where else arts, heritage and culture are very distinct areas of activity and focus!

    in today’s definition, communications is often linked to telecommunications infrastructure so it could get very confusing.

  6. April 23, 2009 at 1:19 am

    btw this BW picture of Ramli is simply beautiful! not Ramli but the picture!

  7. 7 ninitalk
    April 23, 2009 at 8:52 am

    The name Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi, Kesenian dan Kebudayaan was announced by the PM which was changed to Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan after the first cabinet meeting. As I explained it was felt that “kebudayaan” encompasses “kesenian”.

    Yes- the activities will be wide-ranging so it is all the more important for the Minister to be focused. He must be clear in his definition of and scope for each sector, set up definitive policies and execute them concertedly!

    It’s not going to be easy to please each one of us because we do have our favourite areas of arts, heritage and culture PLUS information and communications!

    We can give the Minister feedback and input especially when he goes astray!

  8. 8 ninitalk
    April 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Yes – isn’t Ramli’s creative cultural artistic work sensational?
    His physique used to be beautifully taut but lately it has gone a bit flabby.
    The man’s in his late 50s for goodness sake!

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