I was honoured yesterday by an invitation to the launching of Prof Cheah Jin Seng's book of the same name which showcased in full colour 500 postcards from his personal collection displaying life in Malaya before Merdeka. The book and exhibition was launched by Tan Sri Ahmad Sarji, President of Badan Warisan Malaysia.
The postcard read 'Malay Dancers' and was issued in 1928. The caption describes two Malay men performing silat to the music played by three musicians. This postcard was among 150 original postcards being displayed.
The event was organised by Editions Didier Millet Malaysia, who also publishes the Encyclopedia of Malaysia. Volume 16: Sports and Recreation is due to be launched this year and includes an article on Silat Melayu written by Anwar Wahab and Ramzi Ramli and yours truly.
To visit the exhibition, go to Badan Warisan Malaysia, No. 2, Jalan Stonor, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The exhibition is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 5.30pm from 30 Jan to 23 Feb 2008 (public holidays closed). For more information, go to http://www.badanwarisan.org.my
For more information on the book, visit http://www.edmbooks.com/index.php/main/book/181