Ipoh – A Place to Visit for the Art Enthusiast

By Ooi Kok Chuen

September 2019 PENANG PALETTE
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Lau Chee Wah, ruddy-looking for 82, still takes orders for his traditional chick blinds.
THE double-storey shoplots along Lorong Bijeh Timah (Postcode: 30000) in old-town Ipoh that bustled with Hakka immigrants a little over a century ago has no doubt fallen into desuetude. But the place suddenly resounds with hard knockings and the shuffling of heavy wooden objects coming from seven of the vacant lots – No. 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 17 and 27. At intervals of time, some 18 persons from different vocational disciplines work feverishly to complete their primarily wood-based art...

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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.