On November 28th, 2019, Sumardianshah Silah, a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia, had participated in the International Seminar QUO VADIS Art Education XV as a plenary speaker.
Delivering his speech alongside two other selected speakers, Sumardianshah Silah delivered a speech on ‘Traditional Wood Carving as Cultural Heritage in Prospering Cultural Tourism Programs in Besut, Terengganu.’ The speech was in line with ‘Cultural Tourism as an Education Medium Based on Local Wisdom in the Digital Era’, the main theme of the seminar.
Demonstrating the importance of Malay traditional wood carvings as a national heritage in Malaysia, Mr. Sumardianshah had cited the efforts undertaken by various agencies in ensuring that this cultural wisdom remains relevant in modern society. Specific focus was given to the Terengganu State Government, which had declared Besut, one of the districts in Terengganu, as the Wood Carving District.
This had compelled the local districts to showcase the works of the local woodcarvers and recognized the importance of their works. The speech also addressed the success of ‘One Program One District’ in Besut in promoting cultural tourism in Malaysia.
Mr. Sumardiashah Silah is a lecturer with the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Education UiTM and the principal for Perindu, one of the residential colleges in the UiTM main campus. He served as a fellow at the Institute of Malay Thought and Leadership (IMPAK) UiTM from 2017 to 2018.