Raja Kita ex­hi­bi­tion opens to pub­lic

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Raja Kita (Our King) ex­hi­bi­tion has of­fi­cially opened its doors for vis­i­tors to take a closer look at a col­lec­tion of Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V’s mem­o­ra­bilia at the Royal Mu­seum here.

Launched by His Majesty yes­ter­day, the four-month ex­hi­bi­tion, which started yes­ter­day and ends on Sept 4, was or­gan­ised by the Mu­se­ums Depart­ment in con­junc­tion with His Majesty’s in­stal­la­tion as the 15th Yang diPer­tuan Agong.

Deputy Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati Sam­sudin yes­ter­day said the pre­sen­ta­tion was held ev­ery five years to fos­ter closer ties be­tween the king and his sub­jects.

“It show­cases the author­ity, func­tions and unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of our par­lia­men­tary democ­racy and con­sti­tu­tional monarchy.

“Among the seg­ments in the ex­hi­bi­tion are the scope of the king ’s du­ties, his re­la­tion­ship with the peo­ple and a closer look at his per­sonal side, such as his hob­bies and favourite out­door ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

“It is hoped that the pro­gramme will en­cour­age information and knowl­edge-shar­ing, which would make the Royal Mu­seum a ref­er­ence cen­tre as a well as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.”

Pre­sent were Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

Royal Mu­seum di­rec­tor Miti Fa­teema Sherzeella Mohd Yu­soff said be­sides get­ting to know more about Sul­tan Muham­mad V, vis­i­tors could learn about the in­sti­tu­tion of the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong and the Ke­lan­tan Royal in­sti­tu­tion.

“Ev­ery man­u­script on dis­play is gen­uine, in­clud­ing the Hikayat Se­jarah Negeri Ke­lan­tan (a chron­i­cle of Ke­lan­tan).

“More than a hun­dred photos are show­cased, in­clud­ing those taken dur­ing his in­stal­la­tion, when he spent time with the peo­ple, his in­volve­ment in sports, re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as his con­tri­bu­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion field,” she said, adding that the ex­hi­bi­tion was ex­pected to draw some 80,000 vis­i­tors.

This would be the sec­ond time that the ex­hi­bi­tion is held at the the Royal Mu­seum.

The first ex­hi­bi­tion was held in 2012, in con­junc­tion with the in­stal­la­tion of the 14th Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Tuanku Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic but vis­i­tors will be charged an en­trance fee to the Royal Mu­seum (RM5 for Malaysians, RM10 for for­eign­ers and RM2 for stu­dents).

BER­NAMA PIC

Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V look­ing at items on dis­play at the Raja Kita ex­hi­bi­tion at the Royal Mu­seum in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. With him are Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (third from left).

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