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by priya menonphotos by m. azhar
Favourite pictures and quotes: Lim looking through the coffee table book that was published last year.
THE image of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first prime minister, staring into space is a reflection of his hopes for Malaya.
Tunku was a man who believed in peace and harmony for his people regardless of race or religion.
This dedication led Canvas Art Sdn Bhd’s owner Robert Lim to organise a nostalgic photography exhibition entitled Tunku: Prince of Peace in collaboration with Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC).
“I first held a small exhibition in 2002 on Tunku when a child walked up to the picture and asked his dad who the person in the picture was. I was shocked and decided I needed to hold this exhibition again,”he said.
He held an exhibition in 2003 in conjunction with Tunku’s birthday and after 10 years has organised an exhibition on a larger scale with BSC as well as the Malaysian Historical Society KL Branch.
This exhibition’s title, he said, was borne from a coffee table book that Canvas Art produced last year of Tunku and his favourite quotes.
Lim then set out to search for photographs of Tunku through clients, friends, family and even The Star.
Using Canvas’ expertise on
restoration, Lim has some 230 pictures to display.
The pictures dating back from 1940, shows Tunku’s life journey from a young lad to Malaysia’s first premier.
Lim said he felt the younger generation did not know the country’s struggle for independence, peace and unity.
The last few years, he said, there had been an issue with peace and unity, hence the need to organise the exhibition again in conjunction with National Day and Malaysia Day.
The pictures are displayed with some of Tunku’s quotes so people can be inspired by his peace-loving thoughts.
“One of my favourites is this, ‘It is my daily prayer that all the different races in the country will continue
to live together in friendship... Independence could never have been achieved without the unity of the various races.”
After the week-long exhibition, Lim hopes to display the photographs in a place with the Malaysian Historical Society as the guardians.
“This exhibition is for the people we hope to reach out to. Parents can bring their children and, hopefully, even the schools will bring their students here,” Lim added.
Lim believes we can all be a part of history but everyone needs to know where it started.
The exhibition is on until Sept 17 at the Concourse Level, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar.
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