Visitors to the Malay Finesse Carnival1 on 13 July 2019 will get the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Malay finesse and culture in everyday life. Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, will be gracing the event as Guest-of-Honour.
2. The carnival is part of the Malay Finesse Project or Projek Kesantunan Melayu, organised by the Malay Language and Learning Promotion Committee (MLLPC) to cultivate a generation of Malays with a strong awareness and appreciation of Malay culture. The carnival, to be held at the Plaza at National Library, is open to members of the public.
3. Visitors to the carnival will enjoy an immersive experience with various booths showcasing authentic environments. For example, at one of the booths, visitors will be able to learn about appropriate sitting etiquette through interactive games. The highlight of the carnival will be an attempt to gather the largest number of participants in a Malay dance for the Singapore Book of Records, via a mass dance that integrates two Malay dance genres – Tarian Inang and Tarian Ronggeng. This attempt will involve students from 30 schools.
4. The finals of the Malay Finesse Infographic Competition will also be held at the carnival, where the top five finalists will demonstrate their understanding of Malay finesse in a creative way. Around 120 Secondary 1 and 2 students from 35 schools had taken part in the competition. As follow up to the carnival, a series of videos will be posted on MLLPC’s Facebook page and Instagram account over the coming month (please refer to the Annex for the video synopsis) to educate the public on Malay finesse.
- Malay finesse refers to what is considered appropriate social practices in the Malay culture, for example, dining etiquette, how to respectfully greet one’s elders and how to conduct oneself when visiting a Malay home.