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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…

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Moved Out Opening at REX KL

August 5th, 2019

 

 

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.

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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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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.