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Malaysia through the lenses of a Mat Salleh: Episode 21

By Philippe A.Durant

Another week of CMCO is beginning. Almost a full year with unbelievable movement restrictions around the world and in my host country. Almost one year! This virtual photography journey continues. Hope you are enjoying.

Day 21: Kuala Sepetang Part 2 – The village

Kuala Sepetang is a tourist destination located 12km from Taiping. Locals go there mostly to eat seafood on the fishermen port. Some take a boat tour to see the fishing eagles, the fish farm developing along the river and the fireflies at night (impossible to capture well on camera). Rare are those who visit Kuala Sangat the island, where the first migrants from China who came to work in the tin industry settled first and where today 50 inhabitants still live without electricity and running water. On a boat trip you can also see, with a bit of luck, a great sunset and the evening ballet of the fishing eagles having their supper. Before, it was called Port Weld and the railway to and from Taiping was built together with a train station. The signage is the last remain of all this. Some visitors take a walk in the eco park around the unique mangrove swamp (the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve). Outside the village there is a boat builder and the Matang Museum showing some parts and versions of the past of the region.

Here are some captures taken around during my various trips alone on scooter with my wife, my daughter Ysabelle (Singer of Wednesday s Wolves and artist) and former friends.

Bon voyage.

P.S.: – All the photos can be purchased, printed (in all sizes and format) or not with a simple request via WhatsApp/Signal at 0172409722.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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