Now, the time has come to propel The Sultan Abu Bakar Museum even further. This needs not only a physical face-lift for the entire museum, but also requires the emotional and mental mind-sets of the entire Museum family, of which I have come to call my own. We have to be extraordinary! I have to be confident and brave. I consistently pray to Allah for this strength because this requires a complete shift in paradigm that also needs expertise and a good management of finances. Thankfully, my prayers were answered. YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, the 6th Prime Minister through the East Coast Economic Regent Development Centre (ECERDC) agreed to provide financial aid. With that, I now have a golden opportunity to provide an institutional service that will continue right through to the next 20 years or maybe even longer.
The belief and confidence given to me by the CEO of ECERDC, Dato’ Jebasingam Issace John and the General Manager, Zamri Ahmad gave me complete control in my efforts in upgrading the Museum. I needed experts from the arts and other diverse disciplines that shares my vision. From 2009 to 2010, I searched for these experts and all praise to Allah, my search proved fruitful. My meeting with these commendable people gave me further confidence to toil even harder.
YM Raja Shariman, Ramli Ibrahim, William Harald Wong, Dato’ Bernard Chandran and a landscape architect from the Land of the Rising Sun, Nagata Tamegoro, were some of the many who helped in planning and shaping the Pahang museum as seen today. They commanded deep knowledge, international experience and interest. Seemingly endless meetings ensued. I myself went through a whole rigmarole of new and fascinating experiences. I am indeed grateful that they accepted me as one of their own! This museum of Pahang has indeed been touched by remarkable hands. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
To me, the openness in the flowing of ideas and opinions alongside a profound interest is the formula that has successfully graced this project. I like the concept of a Museum in a garden. It highlights the museum as a place of rest and recreation for all and sundry. Thank you.