The exhibit was intended to preserve the Malay cultural heritage in Singapore and showcase cultural activities, Malay dress, music, tools of its rural background, arts and crafts such a batik painting, kite making and games played by both adults and children in the kampong such as bola raga, five stones, chapteh, gasing and congkak. Traditional kitchens still prepare Malay dishes such as ketupat and bunga mangga. Traditional Malay dance performances, wedding rituals and plays are performed daily for visitors and restaurants serve well known and loved Malay rice and noodle dishes like mee goreng, mee rebus, nasi lemak and bite sized Malay kuih or desserts. For those interested in shopping, colourful traditional Malay costumes and souvenirs are plentiful.
The idea of establishing a Malay Kampung or village was first mooted in the 1970s with the intention of displaying Malay culture in Singapore before the 1960s. Construction of the village was started in 1986 and completed three years later. Once the project was completed it ran into a series of difficulties and the project was not able to attract the necessary capital to make it a success. Unfortunately the Malay Village is set to be demolished and a new civic centre is to be built housing a community club with a Malay heritage gallery.
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