One-stop resource site on Malay heritage launched; even includes digital congkak

SINGAPORE - An online portal, a game application and a book, all centred around the heritage of Singapore's Malay community, were launched on Saturday by the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF).

The portal, warisansg.com, aims to be a one-stop gateway for resources and references on the local Malay community's heritage. It includes news articles and features, event listings, a video gallery and even a cyber version of congkak- a traditional Malay game. More than 20 Republic Polytechnic and National University of Singapore students who interned with the foundation contributed to the site's content.

A mobile game application, Warisan Enigma, was also developed to help players find out more about the history of Malay artefacts dating as far back as the 14th century.

Meanwhile, the book, titled "Faith, Authority and the Malays", is the third of five in the Singapore Malays: Our Heritage & Legacy series. Written by Norshahril Saat, a doctorate candidate at the Australian National University, it covers how Malay Muslims in Singapore respond to the challenges of modernisation while preserving their Islamic heritage.

Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Education, who attended the launch at the Malay Heritage Centre in Sultan Gate, said these initiatives will facilitate the documentation, promotion and preservation of the Malay heritage. "As we celebrate our nation's 50th birthday this year, I am heartened by the efforts of individuals and organisations, such as the MHF, in the documentation and preservation of our local culture and heritage. This is a task that has no end, and is much better done by many hands and minds."