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Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (left) with TN50 'Culture and Heritage' dialogue session moderator Sabri Yunus at Panggung Eksperimen in Kuala Lumpur. Pix by SALHANI IBRAHIM.

KUALA LUMPUR: Introducing art and culture related subjects in schools and among future of art graduates was among the issues brought up during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) discussion here today.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who attended the discussion said by introducing art and culture subjects, it will instil interest for the heritage among Malaysians when they are still young.

"I agree with the suggestion given and believe that the students will understand better art and culture subjects, hence will appreciate them more.

"Furthermore, while they are still young we might be able to discover their hidden talents.

"We also will able to nurture students that might have interest in art and cultures," he said in a press conference, after the conclusion of the discussion.

He said, the future of art graduates also will be discussed further to ensure that they will receive better appreciation.

"Talent is not something that everyone has, thus we must appreciate it. We will try to see, how we can help them."

Nazri said the suggestion to establish a craft university also will be included in the final report, which will be submitted to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The TN50 'Culture and Heritage' dialogue session was held at Panggung Eksperimen, National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Aswara).

Some 200 arts, culture and heritage students took part in the dialogue session with actor Sabri Yunus as moderator.

The TN50 discourse series, which is the brainchild of the prime minister, is aimed at gathering the views and hopes of the people, particularly the youth; to generate a new, 30-year transformation plan for the country that truly reflects the people's vision.

The first dialogue session was held at Universiti Malaya in January.

It is expected that the process of gathering input for the 30-year transformation plan, which succeeds Wawasan 2020, will take about two years.

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