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The Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF)

MHF was incorporated in Singapore on 28 July 1999 as a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is also a non-profit organisation, an approved Charity under the Charities Act, Cap. 37 and has been been accorded the status of an Institution of Public Character (IPC) since 29 May 2006.

Our Objectives

  • To promote the study and research
  • To promote the public's understanding and knowledge of the historical and socio-cultural developments of the Malay community in Singapore

Our Strategic Outcomes

  • To enhance awareness and deepen appreciation of the heritage of the Malay community in Singapore and its contribution to nation building
  • To nurture the emerging talent pipeline and build capacity for the arts and heritage sector
  • To strengthen strategic partnership with stakeholders

About MHF Corporate Logo

The text "WARISAN" which is the Malay word for heritage has been creatively written in the Arabic calligraphic style known as Khuffic Murabba. This calligraphy style originated from the city of Kufah in Iraq and popular between the 8th and 14th Centuries. This period also coincided with the Golden Age of the Islam where there was unrivalled intellectual activity in the field of literature, particularly biography, history, and linguistics. Many Islamic scholars during this period such as Ibn Sina, Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Kwarizmi also made tremendous contribution to the world's civilisation in the field of medicine, astronomy, geometry, sociology and even economics.

Despite its ancient origins, the Khuffic Murabba's elegant and uniform style gives it a modern and contemporary outlook, making it relevant in today's context and a source of inspiration for the future. The use of Arabic-based Jawi script is a tribute to the legacy of the Malay language which has been the lingua franca in the Malay Archipelago since the early centuries and had been written in this form for more than 700 years before adopting the Roman script in the late 1950s.

To complement the motif, a modern font chosen with a full caps arrangement to complement the thick strokes of the logo motif. The vertical line is added to separate the motif and the logo type to keep things uncluttered. The vertical line, which echoes the vertical strokes in the logo motif acts as a uniform element to create a single entity.

The colour Bronze was chosen as the corporate colour as a symbol of status and a solid foundation, strength, productivity - excellence in creativity and innovation that is everlasting.


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Contact Us

  • Address:
    Malay Heritage Centre
    85 Sultan Gate
    Singapore 198501
  • Email:
  • Tel:
    +65 6299 5503
  • Fax:
    +65 6299 5842

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