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Hello Seletar!

Arts & Culture

Sungai Temon is an ethnic minority village of about 400 people. Here lives a group of sea people who live by the sea. They mainly focus on fishing activities for a living and they live in 9 different villages individually. This group of sea people has their own ethnic culture, history, and tradition, which is also one of the multi-ethnic characteristics of Malaysia. After our conversations with local leaders Mr. Lam and Mr. Jeffree, we found that they are facing many economic, educational, and cultural heritage issues. Their fishing industry has been affected due to environmental pollution caused by reclamation activities and development plans. At the same time, due to the mother tongue of ethnic minorities, it is difficult for them to learn new things, so most young people drop out of school and continue to work in the fishing industry. Fortunately, there is a group of community workers that comes to their village to teach the children English regularly recently. In terms of culture, they also frankly said that because their cultures are passed on from generation to generation through oral language, some traditions gradually disappear and cannot be passed on accurately from generation to generation. We also found that as early as 2014, there were enthusiastic people, Mr. Choo, who helped to found the Seletar Cultural Center and set up a small museum to preserve the culture of the “sea people”. However, due to a lack of management and responsible individuals, it has been stagnant at present, and the building is too rudimentary. Its unique cultural and national characteristics cannot be recorded and inherited more accurately and cannot play their true role. Through the research and experience with orang Seletar, we have found out that they have faced many problems and the public is not aware of it. Hence, it causes society to be neglected. Although the news has reported about their difficulties and background, their culture still remains a mystery to many. Moreover, the Orang Seletar are sea nomads with different environments, but they are still part of the culture of Malaysia as it is a multi-racial country. As far as helping them is concerned, the government currently does not provide adequate assistance so the help that they are getting is very minimal in Johor Bahru said by the Orang Seletar compared to those in Borneo. This is why we want to help them so more people can learn about them.  Hence, as design and mass communication students, we will help to record their traditional arts & culture by using our specialty in design and advertising. We will publish a book and make some documentaries about their history, arts and culture to raise awareness to let the public understand the situation they are facing.

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University/College
Southern University College
RM 6,230.00
Goal: RM 6,108.66
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 5,000.00

Overview of Issue / Background

Sungai Temon is an ethnic minority village of about 400 people. Here lives a group of sea people who live by the sea. They mainly focus on fishing activities for a living and they live in 9 different villages individually. This group of sea people has their own ethnic culture, history, and tradition, which is also one of the multi-ethnic characteristics of Malaysia.

 

After our conversations with local leaders Mr. Lam and Mr. Jeffree, we found that they are facing many economic, educational, and cultural heritage issues. Their fishing industry has been affected due to environmental pollution caused by reclamation activities and development plans. At the same time, due to the mother tongue of ethnic minorities, it is difficult for them to learn new things, so most young people drop out of school and continue to work in the fishing industry. Fortunately, there is a group of community workers that comes to their village to teach the children English regularly recently. In terms of culture, they also frankly said that because their cultures are passed on from generation to generation through oral language, some traditions gradually disappear and cannot be passed on accurately from generation to generation.

 

We also found that as early as 2014, there were enthusiastic people, Mr. Choo, who helped to found the Seletar Cultural Center and set up a small museum to preserve the culture of the “sea people”. However, due to a lack of management and responsible individuals, it has been stagnant at present, and the building is too rudimentary. Its unique cultural and national characteristics cannot be recorded and inherited more accurately and cannot play their true role.

 

Through the research and experience with orang Seletar, we have found out that they have faced many problems and the public is not aware of it. Hence, it causes society to be neglected. Although the news has reported about their difficulties and background, their culture still remains a mystery to many. Moreover, the Orang Seletar are sea nomads with different environments, but they are still part of the culture of Malaysia as it is a multi-racial country. As far as helping them is concerned, the government currently does not provide adequate assistance so the help that they are getting is very minimal in Johor Bahru said by the Orang Seletar compared to those in Borneo. This is why we want to help them so more people can learn about them. 

 

Hence, as design and mass communication students, we will help to record their traditional arts & culture by using our specialty in design and advertising. We will publish a book and make some documentaries about their history, arts and culture to raise awareness to let the public understand the situation they are facing.

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

Vision  

The art & culture of orang Seletar as a national minority community can be retained  

Mission  

To record the traditional culture of Orang Seletar

Objective  

1. Record the history and art & culture of orang Seletar by publishing a book. 

2. Let the public get to know about orang Seletar.

3. Present and raise awareness of their difficultie

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

We decided to publish a book for long-term operations. It can also be for academic purposes. Also, it can be an important tool to contact Orang Seletar. The short video clips of different themes will serve as a purpose for reference for our book and to make the book have an interactive function. 

 

To promote the books, we will be organizing 2 press conferences; one is in Southern University College and another in Sungai Temon itself. In these press conferences, we are not only going to promote the books but there will also be other activities such as video clips watching sessions, talks from professionals, and some activities lIke performances by the Orang Seletar to expose the Orang Seletar’s culture. For the Sungai Temon Session, there will be an additional Kampung Tour (Eco-Tourism) session to show people the place and explore their living style. 

 

Moreover, we will be using social media to advertise our content and our entire project to reach out to the mass audience and gain more exposure.

 

Before 

  • Data collecting/ research 
    • Understanding the stories, cultures, and problems
    • Interview the villagers 
  • Crowdfunding of project
  • Social Media and Marketing Plan

 

During

  • Book
    • Documentary
    • Photography
    • Book Design
    • Register ISBN

-  Conference Preparation

- Schedule and Contact

- Video Production


 

After

  • Press conference to promote the books and expose the culture
  • Deliver books to libraries

 

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

  • Book donations:
    • 365 libraries (Perpustakaan PNM),  28 Universities, 7 Cafe and Communities (2 books for each library except for PNM requires 5 books, 2 books for each university, 10 books for each Cafe and 25 books for each community).
    • 500 books for Southern University College and the remaining books for the public and organizations who are interested to redeem.

 

  • Public participants on the online quiz: 100 Responses
    • the public is able to answer the designed questionnaire about book content through a QR code.

 

  • ISBN can be registered.
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