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.
Rakan Mantin brought together two traditional villages, the Kg Attap (Hakka) and the kg Mantin (Malay) to celebrate Hari Raya on 2-8-14. This is the first time the two neighbours from across the River Setul had come together in for the festive season.
The villagers in Kampung Hakka Mantin are constantly being manipulated by the developer to destroy their home in order to claim an inadequate compensation. One of the houses, at the gate to the village, was demolished recently, in this manner. Many villagers are still staying on.
The villagers put up a new signboard, at the beginning of the year , at the main gate. Protest statements were written on the wall of one of the traditional buildings at the entrance into the village.
The old building with the protest statements had been demolished recently. There are still many residents staying on and keep watch and safeguarding the historical and cultural landscape.
On 8-6-14, Rakan Mantin & Kampung Hakka Mantin ????? organised a event to reclaim their Malaysian historical & cultural roots. This early settlement is over a hundred years old that began with the tin and rubber industry of Malaya and later Malaysia. Many of our forefathers were working in the tin mines or rubber plantations. This is a significant early heritage landscape.