This is a film by Chan Seong Foong and myself made in 2015 as part of the Freedom Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur. It is now online. Please share.
About 30 Japanese academics and researchers from the 9 International Conference of Asian Arts Management in Malaysia 2014, visited Kg Hakka on 15.12.14. The Kampung Hakka Mantin ????? were honoured by their interest. Rakan Mantin group had an interesting exchange with the visitors and show them round the place and the community.
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.
My new series of digital drawing of the traditional vernacular wooden homes in Kampung Hakka Mantin. These early buildings were built by experienced carpenter/builders, before the days of the architects. There is a native spirit of geometric simplicity and clarity about these basic house forms. Using mainly local materials these structures are adapt to the tropical conditions and all the basic needs of the residents and their families. Early example of sustainability with a low carbon foot print. This series of drawings has been inspired by Sharon Chin’s recent drawings of the people and homes in Kg mantin.