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The early shophouses of the 1920s/30s in Kuala Lumpur would look similar to this one at the cross roads of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Petaling. This is a painting of the building along No.18 Jln Sultan that i did 20 years ago. This vernacular architecture example will not make it as a Malaysian national heritage by the standards of the ruling powers but many will regard this as an everyday heritage, treasured only by the older residents of this area. This artwork is a commemoration of the people who help build the city with blood, sweat and tears.

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Mantin sign board

September 8th, 2017

The Kg Hakka Mantin history and culture goes back six generations. These early settlers worked in the tin mining industries, rubber plantations and fruit orchards that make up the backbone of the country’s economy. The villagers didn’t think they needed a sign at the main entrance to their village until recently when their homes were threatened with forced eviction. Rakan Mantin help put up the sign.

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Villagers and friends help to put up the new sign

Victor Chin help to do the lettering on the sign board

Victor Chin’s watercolours 1

September 7th, 2017

The collection of my 64 watercolours of Malaysian and Singapore shophouse facades, done 25 years ago, had an outing at the Red Studio gallery in Petaling Jaya, 14 to 29 June, 2017. It was the first time in 25 years the whole collection was exhibited in Kuala Lumpur. There was much interest to those who knew my artworks before and also a chance for many new one to know the architectural heritage of our cities.

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Merdeka and Mantin

September 7th, 2017

Mantin village was there before Malaysia’s Independance in 1957. It is an early Chinese settlement, over a 100 yers old, thriving at one time but not almost forgotten, in the state of Negeri Sembilan. There are still a few traditional families there fighting to continue to keep their homes from forced eviction. Their families hard work to help build the country is all but neglected and unjust. To read more

Rakan Mantin and villagers in front of grandma Kong’s house one of the oldest families there.

Managing change

August 20th, 2017

The Urban Heritage and Community Development International Field School jointly organised by National University of Singapore, University of Malaya and Chulalongkorn University, was based in Ban Panthron, Bangkok, July 3-24, 2017. Rakan Mantin was invited to take part and not only present the Kg. Hakka Mantin story of heritage community fighting to safeguard their 100 years old village but also share the filming documentary skills with the students. It was important to share with the students what independent activists are doing in the region.