Spotlight falls on Kedayan heritage

James Kon

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah tried her hand at mengelupis (wrapping glutinous rice in nyirik leaves) to make a traditional Kedayan delicacy on Sunday.

The deputy permanent secretary was the guest of honour at a promotional event for Kedayan handicraft and traditional food, at the weekend market of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Also present were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said and Chairman of the Kedayan Jerudong Heritage Association (WARISAN) Abdul Hamid bin Abas.

The one-day event was organised by the MCYS’ Department of Museums, in collaboration with WARISAN, to introduce the Kedayan heritage to the younger generation, especially the correct preparation and cooking method for kelupis.

Acting Director of the Department of Museums Pengiran Hajah Mahani binti Pengiran Haji Ahmad said, “As a one-nation approach, this activity demonstrates the harmonious co-existence of the Kedayan ethnic group with other ethnicities by strengthening friendship.”

WARISAN was established to bring together the Kedayan community of Kampong Jerudong and their descendants, residing in other districts and villages across the country.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said try their hands on mengelupis. PHOTO: JAMES KON