When I was in school, part of my history lessons were on the adventures of Hang Tuah and his 4 friends. His slogan, Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia (lit. No Malay will disappear from this world), always lives in our hearts. When I was 11 years old, we were given the chance to visit the National Museum where we marvelled at Hang Tuah’s monument. His superior exploits were further glorified on the silver screen when the leading actor during the golden days of Malay films, Allahyarham Tan Sri P. Ramlee, played the role of Hang Tuah to perfection. Now, almost 19 years later, with 20 years of being a museum curator under my belt, I am thankful to the National Museum for hosting that exhibition about Hang Tuah and his greatness, which inspired me to provide such dedicated service as they have during my tenure in running a Museum. A museum should be considered as an educational institution because it is unique in communicating information to society through its collections of historical antiquities, cultural artefacts and phenomenon about the natural world.
Objectives, Vision and Mission
- To ensure that the heritage and culture of Pahang specifically and Malaysia generally is preserved by way of collecting, preserving, storing and exhibiting the old and new that all have their own specific historical, cultural and traditional significance.
- To conduct research into several subcultures and their components in the culture of Pahang Darul Makmur specifically so that such accounts are disseminated to the public for reference, research material and information so as to inculcate love for one’s own culture.
- To conduct research and conservation on the imprints of history that are discovered throughout the state of Pahang Darul Makmur.
- To help in the further development of tourism.
- To become a world class musuem that is focused on traditional and contemporary arts that will enthrall all.
- To create a society that is intellectual, competitive, cultured, and have high self-esteem in the face of global competition through exhibitions, education, research and social development, preservation and conservation, acquisitions and via expert curators.