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Who’s in the Club Today? – Ah Keong (Episode 18)

Before ‘Water Guns’ (Monitors) were introduced into the tin mines, all the work of digging for tin ore was done with a Cangkul. Life was tough for these Cangkul coolies who worked from dawn to dusk for 7 cents a day.

In the HCPS mine is Ah Keong, stationed close to the Tin Shed where his ore will be washed and dried. This is a prime position as he does not have to carry his bucketful of his diggings too far.

Ah Keong is a simple man. He arrived from China illegally in a small junk. It was a terrible journey that he will never forget. The Captain landed him in a Mangrove swamp with ten others and they walked for three days before they found a village. It was the villagers who brought them to the mine.

He will probably never leave this place, as addicted to gambling, money burns a hole in his pocket until he loses it, which he always does.

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Ian Anderson

A retired Royal Naval Commander and Permanent Resident of Malaysia, has lived in-country since 1989. A heritage enthusiast, born in 1939, he is the man behind ipohWorld, (http://www.ipohworld.org) Ipoh’s not-for-profit heritage company sponsored by Kinta Properties. A world-wide traveller who has visited more than 70 countries and who owned his own museum for more than 20 years, has a wealth of experience in heritage and history. An accomplished author and speaker, he edited, compiled and sponsored the popular book, ‘Ipoh, My Home Town’.

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