Murals on coolie from the ‘50s and ‘60s


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  • Saturday, 09 May 2015

Like real: (From left) Tiong, deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong and secretary Hii Chang Kee carrying a gunny sack enacting the coolie in the painting.

SIBU: A mural painting depicting an olden days’ coolie at work at the wharf is set to spark for four more of such work in the streets here.

This first painting at the riverfront of Jalan Khoo Peng Loong was completed in less than a week ago by a well-known local artist, Timorthy Wong.

Wong is heading a committee set up by Sibu Municipal Council called Sibu Street Art Gallery Committee which oversea the project.

This first street art reflects the early days of Sibu of the 1950s and 1960s periods where dock coolies were a common sight at the wharf, carrying and loading goods to and from express boats.

Chairman of Sibu Municipal Council, Datuk Tiong Thai King in speaking after launching the painting yesterday said they had projected to do four to five more of such art in the town.

“We are still negotiating with premise owners. Once they agree, then we will start soon. All these paintings need to be completed by end of this year as we are gearing up for Visit Sibu Year 2016,” he said.

Catchy: Wong acting like the coolie in the mural painting on a shophouse at Jalan Khoo Peng Loong.
Catchy: Wong acting like the coolie in the mural painting on a shophouse at Jalan Khoo Peng Loong.

Tiong said with this paintings, they hoped not only to attract more tourists to the town but also for them and local to remember Sibu.

The other mural paintings, he said would also feature local characteristics which include local authentic delicacies of “Kampua Mee” (Foochow dry noodle), “Dian Bian Ngu” (thick soupy dish of cooked rice) and “Pulut Pangang”.

Some of the paintings would also show the multi-racial and multi-culture of the town.

Tiong said the painting including the new ones are sponsored by private companies.

The paramount Chinese community leader of this town, Temenggong Lau Lee Ming who is the first sponsor of the painting, hoped the people would help to keep away vandalism of the painting.

“We spent money for this painting. I hope it will not be subjected to vandalism. I don’t want to see people who try to be smart by doing something bad to it,” he said.

Jotum Malaysia had sponsored the paint while Apple Advertiser had sponsored for the artists.

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