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Date: Wednesday, 18th September, 2019


Time: 10.00 am until 1.00 pm including a light lunch


Venue: will be advised upon registration















The "Open House" is a unique tradition found throughout Malaysia. Family, friends, and even strangers are welcomed into homes with goodwill and camaraderie during the many varied festivities enjoyed in this country. In keeping with this tradition, the Malaysian Culture Group (MCG) Committee would like to invite you to this year's Open House.


Please join us and bring your friends along!


Mingle with our members, make some new friends, meet the current MCG Committee, and acquint yourself with our programming. Such programming include: Events (lectures and excursions), and the Special Interest groups: Book Groups, Explorers, and Enak!. You can even take a look at our library located at our meeting place. Make sure to partake in some Malaysian snack options as you chat with new friends. Looking forward to seeing you on September 18th!


LIEM Ay Ling

Vice President, MCG




10:30 - 10:40 Message by MCG President, Diana Daymond

                      (followed by brief remarks by Special Interest Groups Conveners)

10:40 - 13:00 Visit "Market Stalls"

11:00 - 12:30 Light Malaysian Treats

11:30             New Member Gift Draw




Nine Emperor Gods Temple Tour



The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is held annually, for nine days, during the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year the festival runs from September 29th to October 7th. The festival has its roots in the secret societies of the nineteenth century mining community in Malaysia and its rituals are shrouded in mystery and folklore. The Nan Tiong Gong temple in Ampang is one of the largest Nine Emperor Gods festival temples in SE Asia. Devotees keep a strict vegetarian diet, pray at the altar 3 times a day and participate in the rituals that balance the forces of Yin and Yang.

Date:  Tuesday, 1st October, 2019



Time:  11.00 am for 11.30 am start (please note the later than usual start time), this event will finish at around 3.00. p.m.



Cost:   RM30, Members only



RSVP:  This event is now fully booked, if you are a MCG member and wish to be put on the waiting list please contact us at

MCG member Cheryl Hoffmann will take us on a special tour of the festival grounds that includes the altar in the temple, backstage at the Chinese opera, chatting with the devotees in the dormitories, and exploring the carnival scene.

We are starting the tour later in the morning to take advantage of being there on the 6th day when there is a special ritual ceremony to feed the armies of the Five Generals at 2pm. We will stop for a good vegetarian lunch on the grounds of the festival during the tour.

Every year, during the festival, Cheryl posts notes and photos on a blog. If you are interested in reading about the festival, scroll back through the blog for lots of information on what is happening when, where and why.


Bring your camera, if you would like, and dress comfortably. It will be hot and smoky in the temple. Your money (you need just a little) should be stashed away safely. Small bills are good for donations and offerings. Car-pooling is recommended.

Details of the meeting place will be sent to those who register.


Traditions of Kuda Kepang



Kuda Kepang is a ritual dance tradition performed in ethnically Javanese communities in southern Malaysia. The dance commemorates the tale of the Wali Songo (Nine Saints) of Java, who played a vital role in spreading Islam during the 15th and 16th centuries. It involves hand-woven puppet horses and percussive sounds of gongs and drums that carry the dancers away with hypnotic rhythms.

Date: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019


Time: 10.00 am for a 10.30


Venue:  Meritz Condominiums


RSVP:  Members: Please register via your Paperless post invitation, non-members please register via


Cost:  Members RM20, Non-Members RM30

Pauline Fan and Cheryl Hoffmann will join us for an illustrated talk on the traditions of Kuda Kepang performances in Malaysia.


Pauline Fan is a writer/translator and the Creative Director of PUSAKA as well as the Co-Chair of the 2019 George Town Literary Festival. MCG member, Cheryl Hoffmann, is a photographer of Southeast Asian cultures and traditional performing arts in Malaysia. The two women have worked closely together for many years on the documentation and representation of particular Malaysian traditions, sharing their views in newspapers, magazines and other media, while leading the campaign to bring considerate awareness to the traditional arts in Malaysia. Their recent collaboration, based on Kuda Kepang and entitled “Alam (Tak) Nyata”, was shown at Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang in August 2019.


More information about Kuda Kepang traditions can be found at:


A Celebration of Deepavali


Please join us for a celebration of the Indian Festival of Deepavali. The morning will start with an introductory talk on the significance of Deepavali followed by workshops on different aspects of Indian Culture such as Indian Dance, Garland tying and how to tie a Sari.


If Deepavali is new to you, you will not want to miss this event!

Date: Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019


Time: 10.00 am for a 10.30


Venue:  Temple of Fine Arts


RSVP:  Please register via your personal Paperless post invitation


Cost:  Members only RM40


The Temple of Fine Arts also has a vegetarian restaurant, Annalakshmi, which will be open from 11:30 if you would like to stay for lunch. An average lunch is about RM 25.  Lunch is optional and at your own seperate cost. To assist us with planning, please RSVP by Sunday 20th October and indicate in the Comments Section if you are staying for lunch.


This will be a fun morning so come dressed in your best Sari or Salwa Kameez to make it even more celebratory!


Parking is limited so we suggest carpooling or taxi/Grab.


A History of Kuala Lumpur through its Street Names


Kuala Lumpur’s history from a small tin-mining settlement into the capital of Malaysia is reflected in its street names, both old and new.


Join Mariana Isa and Maganjeet Kaur as they trace this history and discuss the urban growth of Kuala Lumpur based on their book Kuala Lumpur Street Names (2015).


These street names not only commemorate the men in power and rich businessmen, but, interestingly, they also pay tribute to the ordinary people such as educators and civil servants who collectively contributed to the development of Kuala Lumpur.


Date: Wednesday, November, 2019


Time: 10.00 am for a 10.30


Venue:  Meritz Condominiums, 19 Jalan Mayang, Kuala Lumpur, Opposite KLCC, behind Avenue K


RSVP:  Members:  Please register via your personal Paperless post invitation, Non-members please register via


Cost:  Members RM20, Non-Members RM30

Maganjeet Kaur has a Master’s degree in Information Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia.


Mariana Isa holds a bachelor degree in architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and an Msc. in Conservation of Historic Buildings from University of Bath, United Kingdom. She is the Assistant Honorary Secretary of ICOMOS Malaysia. Apart from Kuala Lumpur Street Names, they have also co-authored Towns of Malaya (2017 together with Dr. Neil Khor).