(11 October 2017, Kuala Lumpur, (Bernama) The National Library of Malaysia (PNM) will launch the database for the Master Catalogue of Malay Manuscripts next year in a bid to uplift the status and provide intellectual evidence of the greatness of Malay civilisation, said PNM director-general Nafisah Ahmad.
She said this would be the first database in the world in which thousands of Malay manuscripts collected from across the globe would be compiled.
“The database can be easily accessed by the public because we want to highlight every discovery of Malay manuscripts that we have collected so that the community will benefit from the knowledge about Malay legacy and civilisation.
“For example, among findings which the people should know are those related to the human origin that has been scientifically studied through Mitochondrial DNA and the results have proven that the Malay race was not originally from Taiwan or Yunnan, but had existed from the Malay archipelago itself.”
Nafisah said this to reporters after the opening of 2017 International Conference on Malay Manuscripts at the PNM Auditorium here, themed ‘Upholding the Malay Heritage, Placing Importance on National Civilisation’ which was officiated by Malaysian Historical Society executive committee chairman Omar Mohd Hashim.
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