Join us for an episode of ‘Live’ where we explore the indigenous people of Singapore and the development of the Malay community from Orang Seletar to the kampungs in Sembawang and finally to modern towns.
‘Early Settlements’ Cultural Medallion Winner Isa Kamari
Saturday, 22 May, 9.45 am – 1.00 pm
Information Counter, Level 1, National Library Building
As Singapore progressed and settlements developed, many of the Orang Seletar community assimilated into the Malay community or moved to neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia to continue their lifestlyes. Do they still exist? What would they have taught us? How have resettlements changed them?
Join Cultural Medallion Winner, Isa Kamari, as he shares the insights to his book Rawa. Rawa covers the lives and history of Orang Seletar against the backdrop of Singapore from the 1930s leading to the period of Singapore’s claim over Pedra Branca. We bring you on a journey of the early inhabitants of Singapore as well as two sites where scenes from the book took place. Find out more about how communities in Singapore progressed and how modernisation eventually stepped in and its impacts on these communities.
The Masjid Pertempatan Melayu Sembawang stands as remembrance of the community among vanished villages of Kampung Wak Hassan, Kampung Tengah and many more. Marked as Singapore’s national heritage, the mosque was once in the danger of being pulled down. Now it stands as possibly the only village mosque in Singapore.
Due to limited places, please register! Registration can be made via http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg at ‘Experience Singapore Literature’. As we would be outdoors, please be in comfortable wear and walking shoes.
Conducted in English.
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