Victor Chin’s Malaysian shophouses facades

This was newspaper cutting about my artworks documenting the local shophouses which i was doing about 30 years ago. There are one or two generations of Malaysians who have not heard or seen this conservation pioneering effort that has become better known today. That collection of artworks is still in my mind and may reappear in some form. One of which is my video in Youtube, Moved out. Enjoy and please share.

Newspaper cutting of Victor Chin and his exhibition

Bukit Jugra

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.

Five Tigers

Join us on Facebook Live as we speak to director Victor Chin about the making of the documentary film ‘Five Tigers’, featured at the FreedomFilmFest in 2018. Learn more about the story of three women of the suppressed Malayan Labour Party and the human ties behind the facts of history, as well as the process of making the film and the art of cinematic narrative.

Henry Gurney killed

This building, at the foot of the Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, was known as the Gap rest house and restaurant, but it is now abandoned. In October 1951, at the height of the Malayan Emergency War ( 1948-1960), not far from here, along the Kuala Kubu Road, the Malayan National Liberation army (MNLA) ambushed and killed Sir Henry Gurney, the British High Commissioner. It was the MNLA’s greatest victory, at that time, in the many battles against the British forces in Malaya. The British had been brutal against the local population; using search and destroy tactics, burning homes and crops, by forcing about 500,000 of them into over 400 concentration camps, thousands of deportations, tortures, imprisonments and killings, not to mention the heavy areal bombings using agent orang. Many anti British resistance groups, in the British Empire, at that time, would have done the same.

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