For a long time, the keris collecting community, though active in their collecting and outreach activities, have operated privately on a personal capacity for many years. This lead to the formation of various egocentric groups led by passionate collectors, committed to the hobby of keris collecting.
2014: A NEW BEGINNING
In March 2014, yours truly, The Keris Collector, mooted the idea of registering a formal organisation with the Registrar of Societies Singapore to several senior collectors. Hence began several months worth of preparation and interviews with representatives from Registrar of Societies Singapore.
Finally on 16 July 2014, the final approval was given by the Registrar of Societies Singapore. Hence the FIRST and ONLY officially registered independent club for keris collectors and cultural activists was formed.
2014: SERI IKATAN PUSAKA MELAYU (SINGAPURA) UEN: T14SS0105B
A keris collector is not only limited to just collecting keris. A keris is central to traditional culture. Hence with that foresight in mind, the registered society was to open to all areas related to Malay culture.
OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY [SOCIETY CONSTITUTIONS (2014)]
3.1 Its objects are:
- To preserve, transmit and promote the beauty of Malay Culture, which encompasses Malay Traditional Arts, Crafts, History, Heritage, Identity and Traditions.
- To provide an avenue for local and international collectors of the “Keris” and or any other form of Ethnographic Edged Weapons, to come forward and share their collections and knowledge with fellow members of the Society and its Publics.
- To Inform, To Educate and To Entertain members of the Society and its Publics on the richness of Malay Culture through Traditional Ceremonial Dance, Lectures and Exhibitions.
- To promote active interest in Malay Culture and History by initiating actions on research, evaluation, documentation, publication, collection, display, preservation and restoration of skills and items of cultural and historic interest.
- Not to deal by way of sale of the “Keris” and or any other form of Ethnographic Edged Weapons to members of the Society or its Publics.
3.2 In furtherance of the above objects, the Society may at any time, carry out additional events and activities ancillary to the above-mentioned objectives with the interest of registered society members in mind.
3.3 The Society shall carry out its activities in a lawful manner and with the written approval of the relevant authorities.
2017: A NEW GENERATION [Effective 15 September 2017]
For 3 years, the society was led by senior folks in the keris collecting community and the time finally came for the society to be led by a new generation of collectors and activists. Hence a new management committee was formed.
With the appointment of a new management committee, we are looking at more exciting and meaningful pursuits and collective collaborations. We look forward to sharing more exciting blurbs to you soon.
If you are interested to join as an active member, please feel free to drop an enquiry via the form below: