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3 places in Johor worth knowing that you can visit virtually at the comfort of your homes

We have had our fill on the western world’s museums that are available for a virtual tour, how about the ones in our homeland – Johor? Heard of the standing keris mystery? Do you know what a Graflex Compact camera aged 115 years old looks like?

All those are among the various historical artefacts and cultural heritage found at the Museum of Figures, Kota Tinggi Museum and Mersing Museum, in Johor.

The Johor Heritage Foundation (YWJ) has created a ‘virtual museum’ to give a different angle for the wanderlust, and some of the artefacts are already online in social media platforms including their Instagram, Facebook, websites and YouTube.

YWJ Director, Sharil Nizam Abdul Rahim said the idea of producing video of artefacts, weaving art, Johor figures and dishes began since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March 2020 and covered 8 segmentations namely Johor Celik Sejarah (History-Literate Johor), Johor Peka Bahasa (Literature-Knowledgeable Johor), Johor Heritage Dishes, Johor Renowned Figures, Artefacts of The Week, The Clothing of Johor, Cultural Arts and Johor Artistes.

Collection of old artefacts

The video is part of the materials on display from three museums and galleries operating under YWJ, namely the Museum of Figures, Kota Tinggi Museum and Mersing Museum.

“Only selected artefacts are on display because most of the artefacts are over 100 years old and have a high aesthetic value and have not been released yet,” said Sharil.

One of the artefacts
One of the artefacts in the museum that is presented in the video

Museum of Figures

Museum of Figures in Johor Bahru has videos of three Johor figures that have contributed in various fields.

Among them, veteran composer, Johor maestro, the late Omar Taib in the 1970s era and quite synonymous with the continuous fresh song “Rindu Bayangan” sung by Carefree, as well as the Raya song sung by Aman Shah entitled “Kepulangan Yang Dinanti”.

The video of the Johor writing artist, the late Mohammad @ Mokhtar Talib or better known as Pak Matlab, was an expert inJawiwritinguntilhewasnamedthe‘Jawi Fighting Figure 2008’.

Pak Matlab produced more than 400 books in various fields, especially in Jawi and children’s writing.

Menteri Besar Dato' Ja'afar Mohamed portrait
Johor’s fist Menteri Besar Dato’ Ja’afar Mohamed portrait hung in the museum and presented virtually on the museum’s Facebook

Johor Weaving Gallery

For the Johor Weaving Gallery, there is a video of Johor Yarn fabric, which is a woven Johor patterned Muar woven patented under the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO).

YWJ is currently researching some artefacts for video production to give viewers a real picture. Sharil Nizam said, among them 300-year-old mace from the 13th century used by maritime pilots.

“This mace was among the artefacts found. In addition to spear points, dagger points and cannons found along the Johor Kota Tinggi River, in 1996 during archaeological studies. We will also produce a video on gambus seludang belonging to Pak Lomak”, added Sharil.

Consul General of The Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru
Consul General of The Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru, Sunarko during his physical at the Johor Figure Museum pre-MCO in 2020

Since its implementation, YWJ has received positive feedback from internet users. Coupled with the quiz and puzzle initiative offering exclusive prizes from YWJ, the organic reach for each post on the department’s official social media has increased by an average of at least 10,000 access. The number of followers on the department’s official social media has also increased since the introduction of this virtual endeavour.

In order to start your virtual journey, visit www.ywj.gov.my. Also check out their social media for more videos, facts and information:
Instagram: yayasanwarisanjohor
YouTube: Yayasan Warisan Johor
Facebook: YayasanWarisanJohor

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