The Dynamics of Riau People in Using of “Selembayung” as a Malay Culture Preservation Strategy

This study purposes to evaluate the government efforts in dealing with the dynamics of “selembayung” use through social activities to preserve “selembayung” as the architectural symbol of Riau Malay. The evaluation includes exploring the efforts and social activities as well as how far the result and the continuation are. This research applies qualitative approach in analyzing “selembayung” as the strategy to preserve Riau Malay culture. Based on this approach, the writer conducted rooted interview and observation to each unit of analysis in order to find out accurate data which meet with research’s plot. The research finding shows that “selembayung” as Riau Malay architecture, can be preserved if the society support it, but with the dynamism of multi ethnical Riau society, the government gives freedom to modify it as long as it is appropriate with the philosophy values. The culture and architecture experts in Riau can give explanation concerned the concept and the meaning of “selembayung”, and refuse the application of “selembayung” inappropriately. It is since going to lose on both sides, either the meaning of “selembayung” itself and the modern building which applicates “selembayung” on it. They also emphasize that “selembayung” is only one small part of a whole Malay buildings which are also various including the shape of Limas house, Lontiok, and Lipat Kajang. The government is expected to be more open and accomodative toward other buildings.


Noor Efni

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