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Rakan Mantin brought together two traditional villages, the Kg Attap (Hakka) and the kg Mantin (Malay) to celebrate Hari Raya on 2-8-14. This is the first time the two neighbours from across the River Setul had come together in for the festive season.

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The villagers in Kampung Hakka Mantin are constantly being manipulated by the developer to destroy their home in order to claim an inadequate compensation. One of the houses, at the gate to the village, was demolished recently, in this manner. Many villagers are still staying on.

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The villagers put up a new signboard, at the beginning of the year , at the main gate. Protest statements were written on the wall of one of the traditional buildings at the entrance into the village.

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The old building with the protest statements had been demolished recently. There are still many residents staying on and keep watch and safeguarding the historical and cultural landscape.

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On 8-6-14, Rakan Mantin & Kampung Hakka Mantin ????? organised a event to reclaim their Malaysian historical & cultural roots. This early settlement is over a hundred years old that began with the tin and rubber industry of Malaya and later Malaysia. Many of our forefathers were working in the tin mines or rubber plantations. This is a significant early heritage landscape.

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This was the third event organised by Rakan Mantin and the community to regenerate their over a century old historical and cultural landscape. It was the first time the villagers and friends had come together to celebrate their heritage through discovery walks, talks, music, local performances and delicious Hakka food.

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Peter Tan and Wuan came to support and help with the transportation of the blind musicians invited to sign at the evening concert.

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Using one of the homes in the village that belongs to the Chong family, the community came together to established an interpretive center for the villagers’ social and political meeting place.

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