This was the third event organised by Rakan Mantin and the community to regenerate their over a century old historical and cultural landscape. It was the first time the villagers and friends had come together to celebrate their heritage through discovery walks, talks, music, local performances and delicious Hakka food.
Peter Tan and Wuan came to support and help with the transportation of the blind musicians invited to sign at the evening concert.
Using one of the homes in the village that belongs to the Chong family, the community came together to established an interpretive center for the villagers’ social and political meeting place.
This first Mantin walk was a success with over 80 people some villagers and the rest visitors. More are more people coming to know about this century old wooden village and its current problems facing indiscriminate demolition by the authority and private developer.
The Kg. Hakka Mantin, in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, is a significant Malaysian historical and cultural landscape. This wooden village is over a century old and its early inhabitants fist worked in tin mining, later rubber plants was introduced and more recent fruit farming and palm oil plantations are the main industries. It was at one time a community of over three hundred homes and the remaining villagers have been living there for more than six generations. This community and their homes are now in danger of demolition due to irregular and unjust state and private real estate development. The villages are putting up resistance and demanding their right to stay in their traditional village.