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 collection of my 64 watercolours of Malaysian and Singapore shophouse facades, done 25 years ago, had an outing at the Red Studio gallery in Petaling Jaya, 14 to 29 June, 2017. It was the first time in 25 years the whole collection was exhibited in Kuala Lumpur. There was much interest to those who knew my artworks before and also a chance for many new one to know the architectural heritage of our cities.
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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.
The Malaysian Freedom Film Festival 2017 2to9 September in Petaling Jaya. The film network put together many workshops to encourage film making to give voice to the voiceless. I was involved in a workshop to help senior citizens to make films related to the issues of growing old.
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The film making workshop with the senior citizens.
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.