Coffee Morning for New Recruits 16 June 10am

Coffee Morning Wednesday 16 June 10am MVM Room, National Museums Department

The 2010-2011 Docent Training Programme is now open for applications and will be starting in September, with weekday and weekend sessions both running. If you know anyone who is interested in joining, please tell them about the coffee morning on 16 June when MVM volunteers will be on hand to explain the training programme and what it entails.

MVM tours of the Muzium Negara move to 10 am

Effective June 1, all tours of the museum will be at 10am not 11am. That means all tours, on all days and in all languages will be at 10am.  Following feedback from the museum, it appears that there are many more visitors around 10am than 11am. So please take note and remember 10am!

MVM Committee

May Newsletter message from Chrissy

Dear MVMers,

Congratulations to all our graduates of 2010, and welcome to the guiding programme. The MVM Committee is already gearing up for our new intake of trainees in September.  Weekday training will begin on Tuesday 14th September and weekend training will commence on Saturday 18th September. A recruitment Coffee Morning will be hosted by the MVM in our new offices at the  National Museums Department on Thursday June 16th at 10.00am.  Please encourage your friends and colleagues to attend there will be plenty of volunteers on hand to explain what the MVM does, as well as giving details about the training programme and answering any questions or concerns.

As you know, in February we expanded our weekday tours to 4 days a week in English and 2 days a week in French, and one weekday in Japanese. We continue to provide weekend tours. In addition, there are Malay and Mandarin tours during the school holidays and one Saturday a month a Japanese guided tour is conducted.  From September we plan to expand the English guided tours to 6 days a week, which means Monday through Saturday, as our great new graduates have provided the numbers to boost the programme.

In May the MVM moved its office and library from Muzium Negara to the National Museums Department, which is the parent body for the museum. The actual location is up the glass elevator that you see as you walk towards our old office in Muzium Negara. Our new offices are very spacious, light, air conditioned and there is plenty of room for the books and all our schools programme equipment.  There is adequate seating and a good size table for meetings. The new room is next door to the Secretariat which has been set up by the Department of Museums. It is run by Jamil with the help of Fiza, Visa, and Maisaraf  to help the MVM with its administrative needs. Please do drop by, take a look and introduce yourselves to the folks at the Secretariat. We are still in the process of sorting out various projects such as new ID Cards, guide vests, publicity material and events but we will keep you up-to-date through the newsletter and the Yahoo site.

On Monday 24th May we have arranged a meeting at the Dataran at 10.00am so that the volunteers can meet and talk to Datuk Ibrahim bin Ismail, the Director General of the National Museums Department.  I know he is looking forward to the event and hope to see as many of you as possible.

This time of year is always a little sad as we have to say goodbye to our volunteers who will be leaving Malaysia over the next few months.  We are planning a ‘Farewell Lunch’ to which everyone is invited on Thursday 24th June. I will send out further details nearer the time, but please put the date in your diaries.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon at the events we have planned.  As always if you have any comments or ideas please email us.

Chrissy Lioe

MVM President

The Glass Elevator that leads up to the MVM Room
THE new light and airy MVM Room

Minister visits Museum and MVM

May 8, 2010 Muzium Negara_

Many thanks to the 15 MVM members who came to the museum on Saturday morning. There was a special VIP event for the visit of the Minister of Information, Comminication and Culture, Dato Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim to the highly popular coffins exhibition.

// <![CDATA[// Dato Seri and his wife came and talked to our MVM President Chrissy and thanked the MVM members for all of their voluntary work. Dato Seri was very sincere in his thanks, as was his wife and the National Museums Department Director-General Datuk Ibrahim Ismail.

Chrissy also got a key from the museum department to the new MVM room, which is up in the glass elevator on the museums department side. The room is big and light and there is an additional room of office space for the three department staff who will be helping us in the future.

New MVM Room with library and school programme equipment installed

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Our museum tour schedule, and schools group and planning for September’s new training course are continuing as normal. Chrissy and I are meeting next week with the museum staff to work out how they can help with communication and advertising going forwards.

May 8, 2010 Muzium Negara

Graduation Ceremony for Batches 7, 8 & 9

MVM Graduates 2010

Our Batches 7, 8 & 9 have officially graduated. Congratulations!  These batches are our weekday, weekend and Japanese groups. Below are some photos.

Chrissy Lioe MVM President at 2010 Graduation Ceremony
Datuk Ibrahim bin Ismail, Director-General, National Museums Department

MVM Graduates 2010

Peranakan Beadwork and Embroidery Talk by PPBNKLS

Tea Talk on Nyonya Beadwork & Embroidery’

By Dr. Hwei-Fen Cheah

Date        :               10 April 2010 (Saturday)

Time       :               4 to 6 pm

Venue    :               VIP Room, Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant

Address: Lot L-01-01 SohoKL, 2 Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur .

Cost        :               Price: RM 20.00 net per person

Refreshments:     Coffee/Tea, cakes, cookies and snacks will be served.

Door Gifts! Tenji discount vouchers – RM50 off – valid till December 2010.  Vouchers are valued at RM 50.00 each, redeemable against a bill of at least RM200.00 on full-priced meal basis.

Come and learn more about the fabulous culture of the Peranakan and the unique beadwork and embroidery the Nyonyas indulged in..

What the talk is about:

Dr. Hwei Fen Cheah will share with us beautiful visuals and examples of Nyonya beadwork and embroidery. She will draw comparisons with dress, costumes, jewellery and interior decorations to explore Peranakan Chinese ideas about fashion, identity, change and women’s lives in the late 19thand 20thcenturies. Dr Hwei Fen is herself a Nyonya currently residing in Australia .

Biodata : Hwei-Fen lectures in Asian art and textile history at the Australian National University .  Her book on Nyonya beadwork in the Straits Settlements, based on her doctoral study, has just been published in March 2010 by National

Universityof SingaporePress.

Other attractions:

– An Artisan from Malacca specialising in Kasut manik(Beaded shoes) will demonstrate the unique art of nyonya beadwork and bring kasut manikfor sale.

– Display of rare beautiful beaded items on loan to PPBNKLS.

– Sale of Hwei Fen’s book, ‘PhoenixRising: Narratives of Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements ’( to be confirmed)

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!!

Please pay at the Entrance on the day itself. However, kindly confirm your attendance to peranakan_kl@yahoo.com.my by Monday, 5 April 2010.

Heritage status for 1938 mosque

Heritage status for 1938 mosque

By FOONG THIM LENG

north@thestar.com.my

Photos by LEW YONG KAN

MASJID Ihsaniah Iskandariah in Kampung Kuala Dal, Padang Rengas, near Kuala Kangsar is set to regain its former glory now that it has been restored and accorded heritage status.

Conservation works on the mosque, popularly known as Masjid Lama Kampung Kuala Dal, was completed after a year on Dec 17, 2009.

Alternate place of worship: A front view of the restored Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah with Masjid Al-Wahidah in the background.

The mosque, with a design like a bird’s nest, was conserved as part of the Department of National Heritage’s overall objectives to encourage the present generation to appreciate and learn more about national heritage inherited and passed down through the generations.

Visitors to the mosque would be impressed by the beautiful intricacy of plaited bamboo walls and carvings that dominate the building’s facade.

Masjid Kampung Kuala Dal was abandoned in 1976 after another mosque, Masjid Al- Wahidah, was built at a site close to it until recently.

Mosque committee chairman Mohamad Anuar said the Friday prayers were now being rotated at the two mosques.

Delicate work: A section of the plaited walls with intricate carvings on panels on the restored Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah in Kampung Kuala Dal, Padang Rengas.

Masjid Al-Wahidah would be used for the Friday prayers consecutively for two weeks followed by one Friday at the restored mosque.

He said the prayer hall on the first floor of Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah could accommodate about 200 people while the hall at Masjid Al-Wahidah could take in about 500 people.

The ground floor would be used for religious functions, he added.

Located about 5km from the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, the old mosque was built in 1938, commissioned by Sultan Iskandar Shah, the 30th Perak Sultan who ruled between 1918 and 1938.

Drab past: Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah or Masjid Lama Kampung Kuala Dal, as the locals call it, before restoration.

“It is believed that the Sultan made a vow to build a mosque for the recovery of a son who was sick.

“He had also earlier passed by the area after a picnic at Lata Bubu nearby and seen the local people praying in a dilapidated madrasah,” said Jaafar.

Construction of the mosque was by Chinese artisans with assistance of the local community carried out in the traditional gotong-royong manner or teamwork spirit.

The land on which the mosque was built belonged to a nobleman Juragan Abdul Shukur who bequeathed the property to the state through a verbal declaration.

The land was subsequently listed as waqaf land under the state religious administration.

Today, the mosque, restored to its original structure and design, has become the pride of the people in Padang Rengas, if not the state.

Blind School Visit to Muzium Negara

Some 15 Form 3 (15 years old) students from Setapak blind school visited the museum on Oct 20, 2009.
This was the first time a blind school has visited the museum with the MVM.
We had a spice “smell, taste & identify” activity with them, followed by introducing them to the “Jom main!” games and finally, Sherman and his band members from the Museum played a few popular Malaysian songs (Rasa Sayang & Gelang Si Paku Gelang) for the teenagers.
Setapak Blind School students smelling spices
MVM talk to Setapak Blind School
Setapak Blind School tambourine playing
Setapak Blind School visit
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