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DUN Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival, Solidarity Ceremony with ISA detainees. September 19, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Heritage, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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(Press Advisory) Bukit Lanjan State Assemblyman and Selangor State Exco, YB Elizabeth Wong invites you to the Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival this coming Saturday – 20th September – at Bandar Utama 3 Civic Hall.

This festival will be start at 6 PM with the support from the Bandar Utama Resident’s Association (BURA).

Food, drinks and mooncakes (halal) will be served. There will be entertainment with performances from a traditional Instrumental orchestra and Fu Sheng Yuan Tai Chi Academy. A home-made lantern competition will be held for children and there will be three categories:- Category I (below 12 yrs), Category II (13-17 yrs), and Category III (17yrs and above) and participants will be judged on originality, design, creativity, and use of recycled materials.

The ADUN office of Bukit Lanjan will also have a solidarity ceremony with lanterns for fellow state assemblyman of Kinrara YB Teresa Kok and writer Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who are currently detained with trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

YB Elizabeth Wong welcomes all Bukit Lanjan residents as well as those living in the surrounding areas to join the celebrations and solidarity ceremony.

For inquiries, please contact Special Assistant to YB Elizabeth Wong, Miss Chua at 012-2027054.


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

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.

10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka September 13, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Democracy, Event, Heritage, History, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.


Fahmi Reza has made a fantastic short film about the hartal of 20 October 1947, with never before seen interviews and rare archival footages kept in Singapore. I had the opportunity to watch it when he brought over a rough cut some weeks ago.

“Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka” (bilingual – English and BM) will premiere at The Annexe, Central Market on Friday, 14 September 2007. His slot starts from 8 pm at Block C.

Fahmi has also compiled a collection of his research and archival materials in this blog: 10tahun.blogspot.com.

Companies ordered to reveal PLC ethnic recruitment September 12, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Economy, Heritage, Huh?!, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.

Woah. Is PM/FM is showing off his latent skills for fractions?

Supposing, a company has Chin-glish, Chinese-Malay, Indian-Chinese, Malay-Irish, Dutch-Javanese-Semoi, Kadazandusun-Malays etc, how would they all add up? Got bonus points?

Fact is, that’s Malaysia for you. Melting-pot. Rojak. Gado-gado. Faham?


(16 July) Said Zahari’s ‘The Long Nightmare’ July 7, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Heritage, History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.

saidzahari_2.jpgThe second part (English/BM version) of Pak Said’s trilogy/memoirs will be launched 16th July.

The Long Nightmare recounts his years in detention without trial under ‘Operation Coldstore’ 1963, which saw the arrests of 107 politicians and trade unionists in Singapore, including Barisan Sosialis‘ Lim Chin Siong, Dominic Puthucheary and S. Woodhull. Lee Kuan Yew’s PAP later swept the elections that year.

Pak Said was only 34 when he was taken away on February 12, 1963. By the time he was released, he was already 51 years old.


‘The Bird House’ – Khoo Eng Yow April 4, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, Heritage, Malaysia, Miscellanous.
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In 1867 … March 4, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Aufheben, Heritage, Miscellanous, Note2Self.

Got this gem of a trivia from a new acquaintance today.

Between churning tomes and asking Engels to hurry up with the next dispatch of mince pies and wine, Marx had time to play a friendly game of chess, recorded in the annals of chess history.


al-Fatihah: Syed Hussein al-Attas January 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Heritage, Malaysia, Note2Self, RIP.

I buried my face in my hands when I received the news.

I had planned to meet Professor Syed Hussein before the end of the month. Initially it was meant to be earlier, in October, but I had too much on my plate, preparing for a photo exhibition in Korea. Then Raya came. Then Christmas.

It’s hard to believe that he is not with us any longer.


Last remnant of Bok House December 17, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Heritage, Malaysia.


(updated) This afternoon, under the searing sun, Sam and I made our last trek to the Bok House. If there were any final show of protest, none were to be found as the orange arms came crashing down on the remaining remnants of the Bok House.