The certificate from the Malaysia Book of Records was presented by the Menteri Besar of Kedah, Dato' Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir to the Deputy Director of IPDM, Dr. Ahmad Zaharuddin Sani Ahmad Sabri at the Kedah Public Library Auditorium recently. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the closing ceremony of the Kedah State Government Research Grant Project, which began in June 2014, depicting the Two Millennia History of Kedah.
Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Mukhriz said, history plays crucial roles in many aspects of human lives at the present time as well as in the future. The state government has always been very supportive of this project and the society should fully appreciate and understand the history, especially the historical background of the Kedah state.
The Deputy Director of IPDM, Dr. Ahmad Zaharuddin Sani said, the 30 m x 44 cm scroll was produced with the intention of getting the involvement of two generations to understand the history concerning Syair Sultan Maulana (The Poem of the Most Excellent Ruler). The only surviving manuscript of this poem was acquired by the British Museum.
The involvement of writers and artists of two different generations in this scroll project has indirectly attracted them to learn more and understand the history before undertaking the task. It took a whole month and a total of nine artists and writers to complete this project.
Syair Sultan Maulana delivers an eye-witness account of the state of Kedah and the event where the Kingdom of Siam requested for some assistance to help them attack Burma. The scroll will be taken on a tour around Kedah as part of the attraction for the Visit Kedah Year 2016.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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