To day, 4 May, is the 50 anniversary of the death of Lim Sun Seng, he was 23 years old. On that day he and some comrades from the Labour Party were out putting up political posters for the 1969 General Election in the Kepong area in Kuala Lumpur. There was an incident with the police when the group was putting up their posters and Lim was shot in the head from the back by the police. Lim’s death brought tens of thousands out on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on 9 May. Many of those who were marching behind the coffin that day was present today. There was also a book launch to commemorate the history of many of our Malaysian local heroes.
A group of friends and relatives at the cemetery
A moment of silence
The people at the cemetery
Fifty years ago the funeral in Kuala Lumpur street
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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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 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.