NATIONAL HERITAGE LIVING PEOPLE 2015
LIST OF FIGURES IN NATIONAL HERITAGE LIVING PEOPLE
Heritage Details: DATO' ARIPIN BIN SAID
Field : Folk Songs Singer
He was born on December 11, 1948, in Kampung Batu Bor, Mukim Bera Temerloh, Pahang. Since childhood, he often heard his grandmother told him stories as he was educated and raised by his grandmother, Zaleha binti Zainal Abidin. As a midwife in Bera district, her grandmother remembered many stories, tips and interesting linguistic expression. He is assisted by his teacher, Abdullah Hashim Haji Musa to obtain reading materials for reference.
Now, he is the only folk songs singer who gets a lot of invitations to perform at home and abroad.
From the point of publishing, he has produced more than 20 novels, anthologies of short stories, poetry and folklore. To date, more than 200 short stories and 200 poems have been produced. His works were published in various newspapers and weekly magazines in the country such as Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan Zaman, Berita Minggu, Dewan Sastera, Dewan Siswa, Dewan Pelajar, Dewan Budaya, Mastika, Sarina, Al-Islam, Kiblat, Majalah Sukan, Pemimpin, Sistem Pelajar and many others.
During his course of work, Dato 'Aripin has won several literary prizes in the country, conducted by the institutions and certain bodies. Among the prizes he won were the Short Story Prize for Children, Kelantan Library in 1978, Islamic Short Story Writing Contest in 1979; Funny Children Story Writing Contest by Institute of Language and Literature in 1983, Utusan Melayu Literature Prize (Poetry) by Public Bank in 1987, 1990 (short story), and 1991 and 1992 (young adults short story). His book, Ceritera Awang Miskin published by Fajar Bakti Sdn. Bhd. has won the National Book Award in 1990 for the Classic Youth category.
On October 24, 1990, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (PKC) in conjunction with the birthday of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang.
Heritage Details: ROMLI BIN MAHAMUD
Field : Awang Batil
Romli Mahamud was born on July 6, 1955 in Kampung Pokok Sena, Perlis Chuping. He received his primary education until primary six. Became active in the arts, especially storytelling since the age of 8 years old until now. In addition to storytelling, he is also capable of playing several musical instruments like `Terinai’ drums, viola, `rebana dangong’. His involvement in the arts started in 1963 by playing `Terinai’ drums in events throughout Perlis as well as Thailand with Tok Selampit.
At the beginning of his involvement in this art, he often performed with his father who is also a talented Awang Batil at various levels and events. Among the official events he has ever been involved include Terinai drum performances, `Muzik Asli’ at Dewan Sri Pinang in conjunction with the 112th Conference of Malay Rulers. Around 1993-1997, he also worked full-time in the field of original music for 4 years in Penang Culture Centre (Teluk Bahang, Penang). He had also performed abroad, including in Switzerland for 3 weeks and hundreds more shows in the country. Among his contributions is to create some songs like `Layang Mas’, `Cik Lang’ and `Mak Inang Tua’ and also `Canggung’ (Perlis). He has received `Anugerah Penggiat Seni Negeri Perlis’ award in 2002 for Terinai Music category.
Heritage Details: MAZNAH ANAK UNYAN
Field : Aborigin Traditional Handicraft
She was born in 1968. She is an art activists of origami arts of Mah Meri of Carey Island clan from Senoi nation. Her immense contribution is very big until manage to revive her disappearing heritage. Every effort of hers began in 2003 after several family members and friends are gathered to start a weaving class. In the early stages, they produce primary products such as mats, baskets. small bags, hats, bookmarks, bracelets and so on from palm leaves, pandan and coconut leaves.
In the second year, the group was named Tompoq Tompoh (starting every effort) to become a strength to her and members of the group for the recognition and showcase the Mah Meri community’s handicrafts. Her group is not limited to woven only because in the meantime they preserve their traditional dances that is Mayin Yin Jo'oh. This dance tradition is passed down from generation to generation and is strongly associated with their webbing. Thus, she as the head weaver and dance in Kampung Sungai Bumbun is always working hard to ensure the community heritage will continue to be inherited. She hopes that her people especially the next generation to continue her efforts to uphold the legacy of elevating and dignifying Mah Meri community. Jo'oh dance, wedding, celebration, jewelry, medical and so on are closely related to the art of weaving. Hence it is not surprising that once the women of Mah Meri who wants to marry must have the skills in weaving.
Heritage Details: MATHEW NGAU JAU
Field : Sape Music
Mathew Ngau Jau was born and raised in the long house, the Baram River. He grew up in an environment that is less influenced by foreign cultures as being in remote Baram River in the heart of Borneo. Armed with given talent, he inherited his society, Ngorek from Kenyah’s multiple treasures. His society became one of the first to pioneer the opening of `Baram’. Since childhood, he was often exposed to sape music and traditional songs that allows him to receive and today he become one of the leading musicians or "Sape Master" at national and international levels. His expertise is undeniable as he studied it since childhood. He has also studied with legendary sape musicians, Tusau Padan. After the death of Tusau Pandan, he was among the inheritors of the leading sape musicians at this point.
He was one of the sape musicians that was specially brought to Paris in 2008 to promote sape music as Malaysian people culture in the international arena.
His ability is not limited to playing sape music solely, but he is also capable of producing the Sape musical instrument, producing traditional paintings, ngajat dance and so on. He also gave guidance to those who are interested in learning this art mainly lodgers in Tuyang Longhouse homestay where he is cultivating.
Heritage Details: SAAD BIN TAIB
Field : Mek Mulung
Saad bin Taib or also known by the name of Pak Ad born on July 14, 1947 in Kg. Baru Wang Tepus, Jitra, Kedah. He became active in the field of performing arts at the early age of 16 years through the early education of his late father. He was appointed as head of the group Mek Mulung Kampung Bahru, Wang Tepus, Jitra, Kedah which is the only groups that are active in the presentation of Mek Mulung.
At the beginning of his involvement in this art, he often performed with his father and now he is dubbed as 'teachers' who guide new team members in the performing arts of Mek Mulung. Therefore, it is not surprising that his acquired expertise makes him and his Mek Mulung performing arts groups often receive invitations to perform in big events. His group had contracted over 4 years to perform Mek Mulung once a year in the state of Pahang and Langkawi.
His group had the opportunity to perform at the Phiharmonic Petronas Hall and National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy (ASWARA) in 2002 and 2011