His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah consent to officiate the Hari Kraf Kebangsaan 2012, National Craft Day organized by Kraftangan Malaysia starting next April 2, 2012 at Kompleks Kraf, Kuala Lumpur. Also attended the ceremony were the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and wife, Datin Seri Masnah Rais. In his opening speech, the Sultan praise the effort of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture to organize the event in helping craft entrepreneurs in the country to introduce their products.
At the same time, His Royal Highness expressed his hope that the Kraftangan Malaysia to enhance the skills of craft art to prisoners at the detention center and prison in Malaysia. By doing so, the prisoners can become a skilled craft workers in the ongoing results of intensive training over a period of detention. Among the type of art that can be expended include batik, weaving, metal, rattan, ceramic and wood carvings.
As response to the Sultan's wish, Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim said that he would discuss with the Prisons Department to implement the recommendations of the Sultan of Selangor.