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April 14th, 2014




A community initiative to promote and to protect historical and cultural landscape from indiscriminate destruction.

Satu inisiatif komuniti ke arah memelihara landskap bersejarah dan kebudayaan “daripada dilenyapi kemusnahan.”

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The Rakan Mantin's first discovery walk in the century old Kg. Hakka Mantin

The Rakan Mantin’s first discovery walk of the century old Kg. Hakka Mantin

The Kg. Hakka Mantin, in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, is a significant Malaysian historical and cultural landscape. This wooden village is over a century old and its early inhabitants fist worked in tin mining, later rubber plants was introduced and more recent fruit farming and palm oil plantations are the main industries. It was at one time a community of over three hundred homes and the remaining villagers have been living there for more than six generations. This community and their homes are now in danger of demolition due to irregular and unjust state and private real estate development. The villages are putting up resistance and demanding their right to stay in their traditional village.




Rakan KL members showing the Asahi Arts Foundation members the historical and cultural landscape  along Jln. Sultan, Kuala Lumpur.  Read more


SEPT 16 — Segaris Art Center is a new art gallery in Kuala Lumpur. This establishment, a subsidiary of UiTM Holdings, is the first showcase for all the fine art graduates from the university. It will operate like any other commercial gallery but the commission they charge artists will be below market rate.

The title of their first exhibition in May this year was “Suarasa” and they showed 14 of their best artists from their alumni. This collection of over 30 artworks covers four generations of artists from the 1970s, 80s, 90s to the present. Since then it has had other art-related events and is beginning to attract an audience.

In the 60s, there was no art school in Malaysia; the nearest was the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and it was mainly for Mandarin-speaking students. Many who could afford the cost of an overseas education went to the United Kingdoom, USA, France or Australia.

For the Malays, the government started the Maktab MARA in 1965. Later in 1967 it became Institute Teknology MARA. Then in 1999 it took the name Universiti Teknologi MARA.

At present, with a student population of 200,000 spread over 12 branch campuses, three satellite campuses, nine city campuses and 12 affiliated collages nationwide, it is Malaysia’s largest institute of learning in terms of size and population.

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AUG 5 — The Shah Alam Art Gallery was established 21 years ago by the Selangor government and was the brain child of the present Sultan of Selangor.

The gallery is situated in an idyllic setting by the lake in the public park at the centre of the town. This park is a hive of activity on weekends. There are also a few shopping centres and hotels in the vicinity.

The Shah Alam Art Gallery is set in the public park in the town’s centre.

The Malaysian open art show was at one time organised by the National Art Gallery. It was an annual art event where all artists resident in Malaysia could exhibit their work in a public institution. It was a much anticipated cultural event. Sadly this was discontinued for no apparent reason.

But happily, the Shah Alam Gallery took over the task of organising their own open show. This is their 18th year and the exhibition is on till August 30. To encourage artists to take part, the gallery gave RM500 to five winners each year from 1994 till 2002 but from 2003 they increased the prize and started to give away RM600 to six winning entries.

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