Penang – A Home for Malay Artists

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Penang has attracted excellent academic, intellectual and/or practising artists by default because of educational institutions such as USM. USM boasts of heavy-duty teaching staff members such as associate professors Hasnul J. Saidon (born in Perak, 1965) and Fauzan Omar (born 1951).The sign reads “Penang Malay Artists Association (PMAA) Gallery”.Abdul Rashid Razak with a painting on Mahsuri.But there is much more to it. For one thing, the name is at odds with the arabesque stucco pediment of alabaster-white with a vestibule...

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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.