Self help and healing war wounds

Today, December 2, in Kajang, over 500 ex-combatants of the defunct Communist Party of Malaya, together with families and friends came to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the signing of Hat Yai Peace agreement (2 Dec 1989). They laid down their arms and they were promised a safe passage home. These women and men were at their youth when they took up arms first to fight the Japanese and later the British for Independence. This war lasted about 44 years and many have lost their lives in the many battles but some are still alive today to tell their war memories and wounds. These annual gatherings are their way of healing themselves emotionally, physically and finding a sense of belonging.

Lim Sun Seng

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

Victor Chin’s watercolours 1

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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Merdeka and Mantin

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.