Petaling Jaya, in Selangor, was established as a new residential town in the 1950s. That was the turbulant period just after the Japanese war and the Malayan insurgency. The British shamelessly came back after their defeat by the Japs and the locals took up arms against them. The British had taken all the wealth that they could for 100 years. There was nothing left. The colonists realised their days were over but they still wanted to sweeze the last cent and they started to sell their vast amount of rubber estates land which they got for a song under their rule. This coffee shophouse, in section 1, was built in 1955 and has been operating for over 50 years or more. Their customers have been coming here for just as long. I have just discovered this historical and cultural landscape this week.
Bukit Jugra, with a history of local wars among themselves, over the control of tin mining, is south of the Selangor coastal landscape, at the mouth of the Langat River. At the bottom of the hill, on a small cliff, is an old modestly built traditional Chinese temple, the Tian Bao Gong ( temple of heavenly treasures). What is most significant of this spiritual site is the years of cultural coexistance between the Malays, Chinese and Orang Asli traditions, despite the periods of fighting. Tok Ali Hassan is the gatekeeper at the entrance, guarding over all the other Datuk Kongs, all dressed in full Malay and Indian costumes with their accessories, at the main alter. This kind of spiritual cohesion is hard to find. Standing at the foot of the Jugra hill, facing the Langat river mouth in the south, one could imagine being in a classic Chinese ink painting (Shan shui, mountains and waters) and feeling connected to the metaphysical. This has a healing effect for me under the dark clouds of covid 19 pandemic. Looking for my way home. Thanks to Yik Han, Miao Kien and SFChan.
Victor Chin giving a guided tour of his exhibition at the Alliance Francaise Kuala Lumpur. Read more
The cultural and architectural walk along Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur, this morning, started at the REXKL, after the screening of Victor Chin’s film, Moved out. There was a bigger group, then we had expected but we managed to enjoy looking at the history and cultural life…many surprises and hidden from street view…
A short film, a simple exhibition and a small but warm crowd at the opening of Moved Out at REX KL last night. There will be a conversation with the artist Sat 27 at 11am and a walk with the artist, along Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur, Sun 28 at 11 am The show goes on till 4 August. Do visit if you can. Please share.