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Dec 8-9:Valley of Hope (2) December 3, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Event, Heritage, History, Malaysia, Note2Self, Photography.
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Dec 8-9: Valley of Hope November 30, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Heritage, History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Photography, Politics.
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SEVENTY-seven years ago, in an isolated valley of Bukit Lagong, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, there were leprosy patients, sent to live in the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement, where they found hope and dignity. It was a heaven that allowed them to re-define themselves as human beings and enabled them to make friends and sustain friendships, express their feelings, form families and be individuals who contributed to their own community.

Recently, the government announced plans to preserve part of the settlement as a national heritage. But 40 acres (16.19ha) of the settlement has been surrendered to the government, to make way for the medical faculty of the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). 

Title: “I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival

Date: 8 – 9 December 2007 (Saturday & Sunday)

Title: “I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival

Venue: Dewan Orang Ramai, Sg.Buloh Leprosy Settlement

Initiated by: Sungai.Buloh Settlement CouncilOrganiser: Save Valley of Hope Solidarity Group

Co-organiser: KLSCAH Youth Section, SUARAM, Lost Generation Space Supportive Media: Photo Creator Magazine, Ai FM

VISION: To preserve Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement as a heritage for mankind
MISSION:

1.Firmly acknowledge the immortality right of living of the lepers patients in Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement.

2.Introduce the Valley of Hope, educate and create awareness among the public regarding the importance of preserving heritage.

3.Assemble the support and strength of all groups, in corroboration of saving and preserving the Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement as National Heritage.

Day 1: 8 Dec 07 (Saturday)

*10am-6pm Photo, Leprosy Settlement History and Flora Exhibition

*9am -12pm Drawing Competition

*1pm -2pm Opening Ceremony

*10am -1pm Movies/Documentaries Sharing 

* 2pm-5pm Forum: The Value of Preserving Heritage (Mandarin) 

2 days 1 night “I Love Valley of Hope” Youth Camp 

Day 2: 9 Dec 07 (Sunday)

8am-12pm Family Day & Exposure Trip

10am-3pm Photo,Leprosy Settlement History and Flora Exhibition

10am-12pm Movies/Documentaries Sharing

12pm-3pm Cultural Stage Performances 

Don’t miss this exciting and interesting carnival!!! Be there and have fun !!! And some of my photographs of Sg Buloh will be exhibited there:P)

Call Ms Chua 012-7355025 or Ms Choong 019-3503563 for further information.

6 degrees of 50mm June 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Miscellanous, Note2Self, Photography.
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50mm to unite us all in just 48 hours.
Cakes, tea and coffee are not optional.
Back to basics.

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Toll Demo #5 March 19, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Photography, Photojournalism.
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USJ Summit Anti-Toll Hike Demo
A Narrative in Pictures (and a few words)

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This is Dr Hatta Ramli (PAS). We like him heaps because he’s articulate and very humorous. But not the cops. They get edgy. So often enough, when he gets hold of the mic/megaphone, this is the inevitable outcome… (more…)

Stop Greed November 20, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Environment, Malaysia, Photography, Photojournalism.
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Gwangju, Korea October 31, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Human Rights, International, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel.
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Gwangju, a city four hours south of Seoul, is a historical site for democracy activists, symbolic for both Koreans and Asian activists. A Mecca of sorts.

On May 18, 1980, the first uprising against the military dictatorship and martial law started in Gwangju by university students. This was in response after a series of setbacks, from clampdowns on the media and the arrest of then Opposition politician Kim Dae Jung (Kim later was freed from prison and went on to become the President of South Korea).

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Breakfast in Yala October 1, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Islam in Southeast Asia, Photography, Southeast Asia.
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A regular breakfast in Yala, South Thailand should include the freshly-made, sweet crispy roti canai, served with sweet curry.

And this is a special birthday treat for Mario!

Peace is not an absence of War August 15, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Note2Self, Photography, Photojournalism, Southeast Asia.
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Today marks the first anniversary of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM) and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.Tens of thousands of people converged from all over the province to the capital city, Banda Aceh today at the Baitulrahman Mosque (picture above) to rally and pray for endless peace.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, was also in town, in another ceremony with former GAM combatants and officials from the Central government.

Although the special legislation for the province was recently passed by the People’s Legislative Assembly (DPR), there are some grievances which centred on some commitments which did not see the light of day, as stipulated in the MOU.

There were nonetheless great opposition from key political parties, including PDI-P, PKS and Golkar which claimed that the autonomy in the then bill amounted to a breakaway state. And the calm that followed was nothing short of remarkable. I was in Aceh at the time when the final handing-over of weapons were conducted and the last military tanks rolled out of the province.

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Vigil for Lebanon in Kuala Lumpur August 6, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, International, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics.
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Kuala Lumpur Protest Against C. Rice/US (2) July 28, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, International, Malaysia, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics.
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pldude.jpg SECOND DAY OF PROTEST:
Thousands marched for more than 3 km yesterday afternoon in the pelting rain, stopping briefly at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, where the Asean Regional Forum is being held and C. Rice was speaking, and later playing the piano!

The rally ended outside the US Embassy and despite the rain, everyone demonstrated for 2 hours.

There were PAS, KeADILan supporters, NGOs and even Shi’ites were out on the streets.

I was completely soaked for three hours. I didn’t have a lens hood, so my camera was drenched too.

Halfway, I ditched my tiny umbrella in favour of a large hairband, because the umbrella wasn’t doing anything to stop me from getting wet.

Alright, it was girly-pink too.

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