Artists Never Retire

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Cheah Yew Saik.
Artists, like some politicians, don’t really retire. So who are the notable ones in Malaysia today? Contrary to popular opinion, the oldest most notable Malaysian artist is technically not Yeoh Jin Leng (born 1929). The honour goes to Chinese brush artist Ang Swee Hin (b. 1925) and to the lesser known artist-politician from Sabah, Datuk Haji “Murshidi 6B” Nambi (b. 1925).Chung Chen Sun.Eng Tay.China-born Swee Hin@Yew Sheng learned the finer points of his art from his uncle, Ang Chan Chiew,...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.