International Inter Cultural Appreciation
On 29 November 2013, the participants of Diploma Pengurusan Awam (DPA) from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Kemaman Branch Campus, Terengganu, organised the International Inter Cultural Appreciation at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR). YBrs. Puan Norani Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of IDFR and YBhg. Dato’ Zulkifli Yaacob, Director of Corporate and Management Services Division, were the guests of honour. Officials from various High Commissions and Embassies based in Malaysia were also present.
The programme’s objectives were to provide the participants first-hand experience to promoting the Malaysian culture to the foreign missions and to instill deep appreciation of the Malaysian culture among the participants. In his welcoming remarks, Dato’ Zulkifli Yaacob shared some of his experiences as a Malaysian ambassador with the participants.
The second session featured a demonstration of Malay Traditional Arts and Games and a fashion show of traditional and contemporary Malaysian attire. The event took place in IDFR’s Multipurpose Hall, where participants thrilled guests with their talents in singing, playing traditional musical instruments, demonstrating games and even gracing the catwalk. Adhering to the theme of Batik and Songket: The Colourful Evolution and Elaboration, beautiful works of Atikah Songket and designer Adila Long were showcased. Dato’ Zulkifli Yaacob delightfully concluded the programme by displaying his talents on stage, singing a duet of Pandang-Pandang Jeling-Jeling, much to the delight of guests and participants.
Reported by: Syahrul Nizzam Nordin
Academic Studies, Research and Publication Division