The Hakka Village in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia was once home to over 200 families. Today, only 30 odd families remain and are fighting eviction from a developer planning to turn the village into a new township.
The 30-acre village was built by Chinese immigrants in the 1860s. Villagers paid quit rent to the state government and were issued temporary occupation license from 1946 to 1998 when the rent collection suddenly stopped. In 2011, it was revealed that the land was sold to a developer.
Compensations of maximum RM7,500 per house were offered. The developer refused to negotiate and demolitions were carried out. The Court of Appeal granted a stay on the demolition order but six families were left homeless.
Those who could afford to, took the money and money. Most of the remaining villagers are elderly, surviving on allowances from children and limited savings with no means to move.
The project takes a look at the village, its villagers, their simple lives and heritage as they continue to fight for a humane solution to the problem.
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Rakan Mantin, a community initiative to promote and to protect historical and cultural landscape from indiscriminate destruction.