KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — The Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) Craft Community Programme organised by Kraftangan Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is set to record handicraft sales of RM3 million during the six-day programme which begins today.
Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar said the programme, which was held in conjunction with the Malaysian Batik Day celebration and brought together 300 entrepreneurs and the craft community, was also expected to receive about 20,000 visitors.
He said the programme was held as a manifestation of the aspiration and commitment of the government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to intensify efforts to promote the concept and aspirations of the Malaysian Family.
“The programme brings together the craft community under one roof. The Craft Community Exposition, Craft Showcase, Presentation of the Letter of Appointment of Craft Grandmaster and the International Webinar on Sustainability in Crafts are among the activities lined up,” he said when launching the programme here today.
Meanwhile, Santhara said he believed the programme and the Malaysian Batik Day celebration have the potential to help the craft community increase their production as well as expand the market for their products.
He said the concerted efforts would have a positive impact on the batik craft community and the craft industry in line with the Malaysian Handicraft road map to empower the people’s socio-economic status.
“I am confident that these efforts will definitely boost the craft industry in reviving the economy of entrepreneurs and the craft community affected by the COVID 19 pandemic,” he said.