Malaysia’s textile industry has huge potential, PM says
LONDON (May 10): The country’s textile industry, especially unique and creative fabrics such as weaving and batik, has great potential to take the nation to the international stage and become a profitable commodity, the Prime Minister said. Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Expressing his confidence that the country’s industry such as Royal Pahang Weave, batik, songket and tekat (embroidery) are viable to be introduced to the world, he said such textile industries could attract the attention of the population and generate income.
“I think if a large-scale promotion is carried out (to introduce the national textile industry like weaving and batik) to London, it could attract tourists to the city,” he told Malaysian reporters here. .
Ismail Sabri, who arrived in the UK capital early Tuesday morning May 10, visited the Royal Pahang Weave exhibition held for the first time at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square.
Earlier, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah granted audience to Ismail Sabri and his delegation, and Her Majesty then visited the Royal Pahang Weave Exhibition, which started on Monday, May 9 and will continue until to Sunday May 15.
Tunku Azizah, who has championed the country’s weaving program, also spoke to Ismail Sabri about the exhibition, which among other things featured prison weaving and showcased woven garments, including Raja Permaisuri Agong’s collection of woven garments.
The prime minister, who is on his way to Washington DC to attend the ASEAN-US summit, was in London to view the exhibit and attend the Malaysian Hari Raya Aidilfitri family gathering with Malaysians residing in the UK.
Ismail Sabri, MP for Bera, was proud of the encouraging response to the Royal Pahang Weave ‘Weaving Hope’ exhibition in conjunction with London Craft Week, as it involved the creativity of inmates at Penor and Bentong prisons in Pahang.
He said such a weaving program could be improved, especially in terms of training and skills, as well as gaining public support.
Referring to the Pahang government’s proposal to establish a weaving center in Pekan, Pahang, the prime minister said that more technical and vocational training in the country’s textile industry would be created.
He did not rule out the possibility that more training institutes related to the country’s textile industry will be established in the future.
Ismail Sabri, who also pioneered the use of batik every Thursday among civil servants and MPs, said he was proud that the country’s batik is now more accepted and its use is becoming more popular.
The Prime Minister and his delegation then departed for Washington DC at 5 p.m. local time (midnight Malaysian time).