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A Show of Patriotism through Art

Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai cheering to the crowd after placing his palm print on the wall.

 

Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (fourth from left),  Senator Dato’ Dr. Loga Bala Mohan (third from left), Datuk Yew Teong Look (third from right), Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (second from left) and other officials at the luncheon after the launching ceremony.

 

In conjunction with the 60th National Day, TAR UC lent its support to Malaysian Chinese Association (‘MCA’)’s new initiative entitled ‘Patriotic Palm Print Mural Painting’ which was officially launched on 8 August 2017. In a nutshell, the initiative entails mural painting on a piece of wall along Jalan Genting Kelang that depicts the important elements that precisely describe the spirit of Merdeka in Malaysia.

Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and Board of Governors, TAR UC, officially launched the project by stamping his hand print on the wall where the mural painting is carried out. This was followed by other notable guests such as Senator Dato’ Dr. Loga Bala Mohan, Federal Territories Deputy Minister,  Datuk Yew Teong Look, member of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC. The launching ceremony will give way for members of the public to leave their own palm print on the wall from 8 August to 9 September 2017 and it is hoped that the wall will have 60,000 palm prints imprinted on the painting.

“I am very pleased to see so many Malaysians have come forth to mark their palm print on this mural painting. This goes to show that the patriotic spirit among us Malaysians are strong. I would also like to express my appreciation to the students and staff of TAR UC for taking on this exciting challenge in coming up with the groundwork for the mural painting,” Dato’ Sri Liow said in his speech.

The wall has received creative touches by 180 students and 29 academic staff from the Department of Creative Arts of the Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (‘FSAH’). TAR UC students and staff began working on the mural since 19 July 2017 as the mural would need to be completed before the celebration of Malaysia Day on 16 September 2017. As described by Crystal Ng, a Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design student who said: “Besides the length of the mural  being 430 metres long, we also need a lot of time to paint the various different and important elements of Malaysia’s independence as  part of the requirements of the mural painting. I only started working on it from last week and I spent about 5 to 6 hours per day for 5 consecutive days for this project. Although I spent some of my time on this project, I was still able to learn a thing or two from this project as my lecturers were also involved. On top of that, being a part of this project truly ignites the patriotic spirit in me as the various important elements that led to our independence are brought to life through the paintings”.

Ms Teng Sok Hooi, Associate Dean of the Department of Creative Arts, further elaborated on the project: “As the wall is a very long wall, we divided the wall into different zones to incorporate specific elements on Malaysia’s independence. As such, we have six main zones which are the Father of Independence zone, Beautiful Malaysia zone, the Main zone, the Ethnicity zone, Futuristic Zone and TAR UC zone.  By this way, we can ensure that every part of the wall tells a story of Malaysia’s independence and progress,” she explained.