While many Penangites and other Malaysians fail to see anything of value in Kampung Buah Pala, 14 of Penang’s top artists felt otherwise.
This morning, a downpour did not deter them from descending on the village to capture images of the village for posterity.
As the artists caressed their canvases with deft flicks of the brush, the thuds of ongoing demolition work broke the tranquility of the village – no doubt, music to the ears of the developer. A herd of cows grazed on a hillock behind while a couple ambled closer as their curiosity got the better of them.
Among the renown artists were Chong Hon Fatt, who runs an art gallery in George Town, and Ong Choon Hoo from Bukit Mertajam.
Hon Fatt said a journalist invited them to come and record impressions of the village, and he and his colleagues in the art fraternity jumped at the idea.
“It’s so nice, wonderful,” purred Choon Hoo, savouring the atmosphere. “I feel sad because it’s going to be destroyed. Actually, it should be preserved and protected as our history and culture. It’s full of culture and nature. When I went there, I felt it was totally different from the town area. It’s a very traditional place.”
Other professional artists who turned up included gallery owner Koay Soo Kau, Tan Lye Hoe, Lean Kim Lam, Choy Kim Hong, Lau Seong Leng, and Yeap Tho Seng.
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Can I ask what action did you take when you heard about KBP matter?
Anil has every right to speak his opinion but at least he is not an in-between ASTRO commercial commentator on matters that concern our country.
RIGHT PEOPLE AT TABLES TO BE STABLE
We are in need of many more modern parables
To help turn all the necessary messy tables
So that we can help make the world more stable
When we have the right righteous people at the tables
(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 120909
Sun. 13th Sept. 2009.
Anil, please don’t insult the intelligence of the citizens of Malaysia. Your statement “While many Penangites and other Malaysians fail to see anything of value in Kampung Buah Pala” is VERY CONDESCENDING.
—- Are you not aware that as the police and courts are under the control of the federal gov? Are you also not aware that the court has ruled that the residents have no further recourse under the law? What smart idea do you have? To say that CAT team can investigate alleged corruption in land deals is utter fantasy. Where did you read that they had such wideranging powews? In this country, the court rules on legal matters. The police and wonderful MACC investigate corruption cases. Both are undeer federal control. Please check your facts before you talk. ——… Read more »
Zymian, You can see the “hardcore” of certain supporters. Especially it’s only one KBP village. Don’t get me wrong that I have no sympathy towards them. However, judging from what my maternal grandad is getting especially being the royal mechanic of Kuala Kangsar. THAT’S NOTHING! ZILCH! KOSONG! You can figure yourself why majority Penangites kinda pissed off with KBP folks It’s simply too bad! However, I have agree with Anil that Penang state government should release their investigation soonest. But using that as a pretext of preserving KBP village with Penangite taxpayers’ money, it’s a big no no Anil does… Read more »
…When the village still exist ‘properly’ last time… no one wants to go and ‘savour’ the atmosphere of the village… No one even bothers to draw it… Then when it’s nearly gone… Everyone just jumped into it… in cluding the so-called Top-10 artist… More like the tepi jalan artist got la… ‘wah, it’s so nice, wonderfull…’ You all just taking advantage of the situation for your own financial gain!!!
Para pelukis melukis persekitaran Kg Buah Pala sebagai kenangan. Saya juga buat pantun bagi mengenang peristiwa Kg Buah Pala.
Tajuk: Pantun Kenangan Kg Buah Pala
kalah sudah kes mahkamah
jerit-jerit apah amah
jangan roboh heritage-mah
heritage apa mari ambil rumah
Tajuk: Aku cinta tunai
dapat rumah hendak konkrit
kasi lim pening sikit
lagi happy pijak pr sikit
bila tak layan jerit-jerit
Saya ini sekadar meluahkan perasaan saya terhadap peristiwa ini. Tiada apa-apa maksud bagi sesiapa ynag hidup dan juga yang mati.
(C)Wong Ka Wai, 2009 September 12
kamu ini terlalu jujur. Ada orang (bukan saya) nanti tak sukalah.
Nailisus, whilst it is fair to empathise with the former residents of KBP, it is unfair for you to make unfounded claims and accuse the current state gov of “abandoning” them. Are you not aware that as the police and courts are under the control of the federal gov? Are you also not aware that the court has ruled that the residents have no further recourse under the law? What smart idea do you have? To say that CAT team can investigate alleged corruption in land deals is utter fantasy. Where did you read that they had such wideranging powews?… Read more »
Dalam taktik perhubungan awam (public relation) atau perang, apabila keadaan sendiri sudah terlalu teruk untuk diubah menjadi menang, maka jalan yang paling baik untuk memusnahkan musuh ialah kita sama-sama dengan musuh mati bersama. Definisi “mati” ini dalam konsep perang adalah seperti “pejuang berani mati” dan dalam konsep perhubungan awam (public relation) pula, definisi “mati” ini bermakna memburukkan diri sendiri sambil memburukkan juga musuh. Jadi apa yang tinggal selepas itu hanya bagi penilai-penilai menilai pihak yang manakah tidak begitu buruk dan memaksa pemilih memilih salah satu syaitan kecil (to pick a lesser devil) Perkara ini sedang dilakukan oleh musuh PR sekarang.… Read more »
Good evening Brother Anil! you have done a good job in covering the heritage side of KBP. Nobody can take away that! Anyway what does it matter! the government of Penang has abandoned the residents at the last moment. so don’t trust any of the… politicians whether from PR or BN. LGE (administration) endorsed the deal on 27th March 2009. What was he thinking? LGE you and your pakatan friends abandonned the villagers. Lu ingat semua okayka?…. What goes around comes around. You say BN (approved) the deal and money has changed hands before you idiots took over the state… Read more »
anil, don’t listen to other people twisted views ,listen to your gut feeling,it’s always right.so,keeping writing about kampung buah pala and other social issues.at least ,you don’t xxxkiss the state government,unlike certain penang bloggers…..
i think people need to learn what is political maturity.
Where was Hindraf when comes to cowhead protest? Where was Hindraf when comes to Kugan’s custodial death? Where was Hindraf when UMNO MPs called Indian MPs ******? Where was Hindraf when UMNO sold the KBP land? Where was Hindraf when …. was rumoured to be involved in the murder of a young lawyer called Selvarani (as reported in Makkal Ossai)? Where was Hindraf when … (allegedly) ran away with millions of ringgit beloning to Indians? Where was Hindraf when Waythamoorthy… lied and didnt file a case against the British govt, instead pathetically asked for asylum? BUT HINDRAF NOW VERY GOOD… Read more »
According to ancient text on “Omens” when there is too much resistance in starting a new project/work, it’s a bad omen. Even though you go on with it, it will bear negative outcome. Pray that the luxury condo doesn’t turn into another….
MB Kelantan, juga kata “bumiputra” itu racist.
Cybertroopers? PR tak perlu Cybertroopers. Semua blogger jika hanya melaporkan berita yang sebenar, PR juga boleh menang dalam PRU. PR mungkin tidak sebijak BN tetapi mereka tiada niat korupsi dan perkauman. PAS sudah sedar perkauman itu tidak betul. PAS sudah mula ambil langkah ke arah anti-perkauman. Sebagai contoh, pembukaan keahlian kepada bukan muslim, slogan “PAS untuk semua”, dan bukti yang terkini MP PAS iaitu Khalid Samad yang bermati-matian mempertahankan kuil Hindu di Selangor. Sudah tentu PAS masih tidak sempurna. Ada anggota dalam PAS masih mengikut cara lama, tetapi pembaharuan mengambil masa. BN sudah memerintah 52 tahun. Cukuplah. Tiada alasan yang… Read more »
At least now hopefully there won’t be any more cows crossing Yap Chor Ee Road and causing traffic jam and endagering road users…
Poor artists! Anyone who show any sympathy or empathy to Kampong Buah Pala will court the ugly attacks from the Cybertroopers of PR.
Hi! So funny, please continue to enjoy Anil’s blog and kindly do not get lost. Thank You.
HI! So funny, I cannot get lost on your insistence but Anil is a good blogger and I enjoyed very much reading his blogs earlier, but, now, it is nothing but KBP! And the rakyat had lost, the KBP folks are so devastated and we continue to bring back the sad memories to them. How will you feel if you are in their position? Not knowing who is right and who is wrong! I am not being anti Anil or biased, but please let the KBP folks have their peace of mind. Will the constant accusations against one another help… Read more »
You very funny la. If you don’t like a blog get lost la. Why you keep coming back? Hmmm… wonder what’s in it for you???
So much have been said, yet the sanctioning of (a land grab) by the LGE (administration) is not investigated. Investigate the (land grab) first and talk later….Anil, you are just doing a wonderful job. Keep writing all you know about the dark secret of Kg Buah Pala. Expose to the world about the greedy elite who (grabbed) the land from the poor…Enough is is enough, (a scam) is (a scam) no matter what name you give…. Syabas Anil
Tired, I think you are a strange fellow. If you do not want to read, don’t. “Lembu tak mahu minum, bagaimana nak menundukkan kepala?” You are right in saying that there are a lot of other people suffering similar predicament as the residents of KBP. But wouldn’t it be great for once in malaysia we have a government that really cared for the common people ? LGE has the power to do all these things and yet he wouldn’t. Why ? Was he “brain-washed” into believing that penang can be like singapore ? Look at the 4 videos presented by… Read more »
there are some people on this planet who just can’t cope with the idea that others see the planet very differently, and can’t bare to be told that “all that glitters in not gold” – these artist have shown that what looks like ramshackle buildings, have their own inherent beauty. I feel sad for those who think concrete is the way to develop. They really have missed the plot – Thank you artist for showing us a different way of seeing.
Hmm. Look carefully and you’ll find the artist featured decided not to draw the two Astro dishes!