VISITORS to Mantin, Negri Sembilan can check out murals from The Adventures of Tintin.
Three paintings featuring characters from the comics which can be seen in the once thriving tin town are the work of 24-year-old artist Kweh Zi Jian.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who visited Mantin recently, was clearly impressed by what he saw.
“Mantin and Tintin rhymes nicely. I am happy that attempts are being made to make Mantin livelier,” said Chong who is also MCA Youth chief.
He said the move would complement MCA’s efforts to further promote tourism through its Tintin Market initiative.
Under the programme, MCA plans to hold events in several parts of Seremban to provide a platform to the young to display their creations and the older generation to showcase their culture and traditions.
The move is also to draw more tourists to Seremban and its surrounding areas such as Nilai, Broga and Mantin.
Chong said Kweh, who recently graduated with a degree in animation from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, would paint seven murals related to the comics.
“Murals allow artists to show their creativity and potential.
“I am glad that they are gaining ground in the Seremban parliamentary constituency as well,” he said.
To further assist youths in Mantin, Chong said MCA would collaborate with Koperasi Petani Muda Malaysia to give them tips on good agricultural practices so they can venture into growing nangka madu or honey jackfruit.
Kweh said he would only paint in areas that are either bare, rundown or abandoned.
“You need loads of creativity to make a bare area look beautiful,” he said, adding that it took him a week to complete the paintings.
Kweh who has also painted murals in Seremban, uses a special paint which can last at least five years.