To day, 4 May, is the 50 anniversary of the death of Lim Sun Seng, he was 23 years old. On that day he and some comrades from the Labour Party were out putting up political posters for the 1969 General Election in the Kepong area in Kuala Lumpur. There was an incident with the police when the group was putting up their posters and Lim was shot in the head from the back by the police. Lim’s death brought tens of thousands out on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on 9 May. Many of those who were marching behind the coffin that day was present today. There was also a book launch to commemorate the history of many of our Malaysian local heroes.
A group of friends and relatives at the cemetery
A moment of silence
The people at the cemetery
Fifty years ago the funeral in Kuala Lumpur street
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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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
The traditional wooden houses with attap roof at one time in Kg Hakka Mantin. The attap roofs had been replaced with zinc ones over time but the form and use of these houses continue even today. But many had been abandoned by the owners recently due to insecurity of land rights. This is another case of the rights of the citizen to stay vs the rights of private and state rights to developed at any price.
Malaysia after 57 years of Independence, almost 2 generations of its non-Malay citizens had suffered immeasurable emotional, economic and educational disadvantages. This is unconstitutional. It’s racism.