Fancy taking in some street art in Alor Gajah?

Shaiffulazhar Misri

ALOR GAJAH: If you have yet to visit Alor Gajah, perhaps these new street art will put this Melaka town in your 'cuti-cuti Malaysia' to do list.

Done by local university students in Melaka, the street art in in an alley, here, are expected to draw more tourists to this district.

The street art project is organised by a group of students from the Art and Design faculty (FSSR) of Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Melaka, with the cooperation of the Alor Gajah Municipal Council.

FSSR lecturer Hanif Omar said the project is aimed at creating awareness amongst the society to love and appreciate the beauty of art.

"These street murals in the alley here will highlight Alor Gajah as a town that appreciates art as it will draw tourists, especially those who are here looking for famous food items such as the Alor Gajah rojak cucur udang," he said when met, here, today.

Student Faten Najiha Kamyis, 19, from the Fine Arts Department said together with her friends, they took about a month to complete their freestyle painting.

"I utilised the uniqueness of Alor Gajah and included it in my artwork.

"The use of shrimps as a food subject is meant to highlight the rojak cucur udang, a delicacy that is famous in Alor Gajah," she said.

Meanwhile, Melaka UiTM rector Associate Professor Datuk Sabariah Mahat said after the success of this inaugural art project, they are prepared to work with all local authorities in Melaka to organise similar projects in other districts.

"We are prepared to work with all local authorities in Melaka, especially in efforts to enhance the image, area and tourism products in this state," she said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd