History and Heritage Carved with Heart

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Yeap Siew Kay with his Duke Hui Ze masterpiece.
With a sharp tool, a sharp sense of beauty and a sharp sense of history, Yeap Siew Kay works to ensure that one of Penang’s important crafts stays alive.Traditions die hard, but once a traditional artefact or skill is gone, the extant works in that tradition retreat and assume “relic” status. So it is with the works of master craftsmen of traditional trades in places such as Penang if the skills are not passed down to apprentices who are in...

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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.