KOTA KINABALU – One hundred and forty-nine paintings including 64 from Sabah are being displayed at the Urban Transformation Centre in Sembulan, here.
The week-long exhibition beginning today, in conjunction with the Malaysia-Japan Children’s Art Exhibition was launched by state Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.
Also present were NPO Corporation May Library Asaka Center, Japan, president Fumiko Oike and State Library director Wong Vui Yin.
Jainab said the ‘Friendly Relationship Through Pictures’ exchange programme would hopefully create an impact on the minds of children and the community in the state.
She described the local pupils whose paintings had been selected for the exhibition, as young ambassadors.
“Their illustrations would help to forge better understanding between both countries, that transcend political and cultural borders,” she said.
According to her, the pupils’ paintings would also be exhibited in Japan.
Earlier, Fumiko said similar exhibitions would be held at schools and public places in Japan.
He said his organisation would collaborate with university volunteer groups to hold an exhibition at Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, a district hit by the tsunami three years ago.
The exchange programme was initiated 28 years ago, in Penang and at a school in Asaka, Saitama, Japan.
It was held in Sabah for the first time in 2001, in Tuaran. – BERNAMA