On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, 2014, Rakan Mantin were among the six nominees, nominated by public members, for the Suaram Human Rights Award . The others were Dapur Jalanan, The Transgender Community of Seremban, Sisters in Islam, Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya 2013/2014, and Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy. We’re proud to be among just minded friends.
This event took the visitors through the 12 months of continuous demolition to this village and how the villagers are keeping up their spirit to stay in their homes. We will also visit two nearby religious sites the Mariamman temple and later have vegetarian lunch at the Gurdwara Sahib Mantin. After lunch there will be an exhibition walk through and an open discussion at the interpretive centre.
Malaysia after 57 years of Independence, almost 2 generations of its non-Malay citizens had suffered immeasurable emotional, economic and educational disadvantages. This is unconstitutional. It’s racism.
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.