BUTTERWORTH, Aug 10, 2004
A 62-year-old handicraft maker will display his labour of love at the
national-level inaugural peace rally in Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur
on Aug 21.
The Amanpeace celebration is being held in conjunction with National
Day as well as the 400th anniversary of the First Installation of Sri
Guru Granth Sahib Ji (the Sikh holy book).
Retired English and History teacher Malkiat Singh Lopo said as his
handicraft collection totalled more than 1,000 pieces, he and his wife
had been spending their nights over the past two weeks packing the exhibits
to be sent to Kuala Lumpur.
The house has been a flurry of activity as we have to locate
all the pieces, which are kept in cupboards or in boxes underneath our
LABOUR OF LOVE: Malkiat Singh giving a final polish to some ceremonial
swords which are part of his collection of Sikh artefacts and handicraft,
at his home in Penang on Tuesday.
The collection was last exhibited in 1999 during a Sikh celebration
in Ipoh, said the grandfather.
Described as a living museum, his Seberang Jaya home is a treasure
trove of traditional Sikh handicraft, rare books, ceremonial swords
and historical records.
Malkiat Singh said he enjoyed making handicraft such as traditional
costumes for dolls, fans, belts, embroidered pillowcases and quilts.
However, for selfish reasons, none of them are for sale,
Malkiat Singh said the collection would also be shown at the Kuala
Lumpur Gurdwara Sahib Tatt Khalsa from Aug 22 to 29.