NEW DELHI – Malaysians could learn more from India’s experience in preserving heritage sites, said social and cultural affairs adviser to the government, Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.
He said besides taking pride, those directly involved in the field (preservation) should also have more passion towards their profession.
“During my visit to Agra and Jaipur, I noticed the staff at the historical sites taking down some notes while making their rounds. When I asked them, they said it was to ensure they didn’t miss out any minor details that might need be brought at the meeting on the following day.
“This shows how meticulous these people are in their task which is sometimes lacking among our people,” Rais told Bernama, here, Saturday after his four-day private visit to the two historical cities.
Rais said other than work culture, he was also impressed with the administration and crowd control at the sites which attracted thousands of visitors each day.
“At the Taj Mahal in Agra, for example, there were thousands of visitors each day but I could notice hardly any sign of the facilities or heritage structures being vandalised there.”
He said this was probably due to the people here in general having extra pride in their heritage and having better understanding of the importance of preserving their heritage and culture.
Rais also said that Malaysia needed more narrators well-versed in the country’s history and heritage.
“We need more than ordinary tour guides, because narrators can narrate better to visitors to the (heritage) sites with historical facts and details on the uniqueness of each site,” he added. – BERNAMA