Monday, September 10, 2018

Memories of living in a kampung in new children's book

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/memories-living-kampung-new-childrens-book
By Michelle Ng, The New Paper, 10 September 2018 at 06:00 am


Former Senior Minister of State Sidek Saniff's illustrated children's book.
PHOTO: Former Senior Minister of State Sidek Saniff's illustrated children's book.
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Picture posted by Michelle Ng, The New Paper on 10 September 2018 at 06:00 am

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Growing up in a kampung, former Senior Minister of State Sidek Saniff sold kuih to neighbours, stood in line to use communal toilets and collected water from a shared pipe, which he carried home in two tin containers on a pole balanced on his shoulders.

These memories have been recounted in his new illustrated bilingual children's book, Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek). It was launched yesterday at Wisma Geylang Serai, with President Halimah Yacob as guest of honour.



These memories have been recounted in his new illustrated bilingual children's book, Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek).
PHOTO: These memories have been recounted in his new illustrated bilingual children's book, Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek). It was launched yesterday at Wisma Geylang Serai, with President Halimah Yacob as guest of honour.
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Picture posted by Halimah Yacob, Facebook on 09 September 2018 at 00:23 - Launching the book with Cikgu Sidek Saniff and Puan Sharifa (spouse of Cikgu Sidek).

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Mr Sidek, now 80, had been a Member of Parliament since 1976 and was Senior Minister of State for Education and Environment when he stepped down in 2001.

Earlier this year, he published a bilingual memoir, Sidek Saniff: Life Reflections At Eighty, which documented his journey from protester to politician. Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek is his fifth book.



Mr Sidek had been a member of Parliament since 1976 and was Senior Minister of State for Environment when he stepped down in 2001.

PHOTO: Mr Sidek had been a member of Parliament since 1976 and was Senior Minister of State for Environment when he stepped down in 2001. Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek is his fifth book.
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Mr Sidek grew up in Kampung Radin Mas, a Malay village whose beginnings trace back to 1880s.It was demolished in 1973 for new development.

"It's very important for children these days to understand how lucky they are and how different life was back then in the kampung," said Mr Sidek, who has 12 grandchildren.



Mr Sidek grew up in Kampung Radin Mas, a Malay village whose beginnings trace back to 1880s.It was demolished in 1973 for new development.
PHOTO: Mr Sidek grew up in Kampung Radin Mas, a Malay village whose beginnings trace back to 1880s.
It was demolished in 1973 for new development.
"It's very important for children these days to understand how lucky they are and how different life was back then in the kampung," said Mr Sidek, who has 12 grandchildren.
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"The book also places emphasis on values such as honesty, diligence and never giving up."

Supported by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, the book is written in both English and Malay. It also used a dyslexic friendly font.



Presented the book to Ms Melissa Gay (in blue) from the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, for supporting the production of the book.
PHOTO: Presented the book to Ms Melissa Gay (in blue) from the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, for supporting the production of the book.
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Picture posted by Halimah Yacob, Facebook on 09 September 2018 at 00:23 - Cikgu Sidek Saniff on the launch of his children’s book “A Kampung Boy Named Sidek”. The children’s book outlines Cikgu Sidek’s memories of growing up in a kampung - flying kites with his neighbours, selling epok-epok for his mother and fetching water from the well. It was the gotong-royong spirit and a grateful heart which prompted Cikgu to help initiate Mendaki and other projects to help his community.

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Published by local publishing house Opus, the book costs $18 inclusive of GST and can be purchased at all major bookstores from next month.



Kampung Boy: Yesterday and Today
PHOTO:  Kampung Boy: Yesterday and Today
(Kampung Boy) by LAT (Mohammad Nor Khalid)
These cartoons by Malaysian cartoonist Lat return to the Kampung Boy setting of his famous autobiographical collection to compare kampung life as he knew it growing up with the modern kampung life of the eighties and nineties.
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This is an amazing work which depicts the kampung (village) life back about at least 40 years ago.
PHOTO: This is an amazing work which depicts the kampung (village) life back about at least 40 years ago. As a child who grew up in my grandmother’s  kampung,  I can totally identify with the life back then – fishing in the brook (sometimes drain), cycling around the rubber plantation and best of all, the spirit of camaraderie where neighbours are close-knitted and would often share their food with one another.  This drawing seems to come to life when seen with the actual plants and shrubs near it.
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 A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand and some parts of Cambodia.
PHOTO: A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand and some parts of Cambodia. It sometimes made from sheer material and usually worn with a sarong or batik kain panjang, or other traditional woven garment such as ikat, songket with a colorful motif. - source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebayamala @ kebaya by Yon PhotoGraphy, taken on 10 January 2010
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Mr Sidek says in his welcome message: 'Wherever life takes you, always be grateful for the good things and never forget where you come from.'
PHOTO: Mr Sidek says in his welcome message: "Wherever life takes you, always be grateful for the good things and never forget where you come from."
mala @ kebaya by Yon PhotoGraphy, taken on 10 January 2010
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Beautifull Kampung Traditional Batik Kebaya
PHOTO: Beautifull Kampung Traditional Batik Kebaya
Since the earlier days Kampung already has its natural beauty and full of cultural heritage. It never fails to amazed even the modern world where fashion is in everyday's life. Culture is captured in photographic arts, which utilised application and practice to create durable images that attracted everybody. Especially in kampung where beauty is comprised of natural greenery and people full of values such as honesty, diligence and innocence.
Picture saved from Wonderful amazing photos.
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By Michelle Ng, The New Paper, 10 September 2018 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Michelle Ng, The New Paper,  Memories of living in a kampung in new children's book, posted on 10 September 2018 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/memories-living-kampung-new-childrens-book


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