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Nearly 300 artifacts to be displayed at Malay Heritage Centre

Two hundred and eighty-nine artifacts will be displayed at the Malay Heritage Centre in Kampong Glam for the first time.

The centre will reopen to the public on September 1.

The artifacts include the piano of Zubir Said, the man who composed Singapore's national anthem; medallions belonging to the first president of Singapore, Yusof Ishak; photographs of pioneers who played an important role in the development of the Malay community; and replicas of ships that portray the thriving maritime industry.

Norsaleen Salleh, acting general manager of the Malay Heritage Centre, said: "Visitors can expect a couple of things in the new redeveloped Malay Heritage Centre. One is the new permanent gallery with a new storyline, two temporary exhibitions, one new visitor centre, upgraded auditorium, improved landscape and the removal of the wall in Kandahar Street."

The exhibits are part of efforts by the Malay Heritage Centre to raise awareness of the rich history, culture and heritage of the Malay community.