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Mon 11 Apr 2005

The Legend of Bukit Merah - illustrated!

Category : heritage

Before the launch of the Bukit Merah Community Libray on 25th February 2005, National Library staff Ivan Chew and collagues (Ivy & Hafsah) suggested that the story of how "Redhill" got it's name be presented using comic artform.

A great idea but they were unable to find a volunteer freelance artist to create the work. So for three weeks, Ivan laboured away on the wife's software while the dog kept him company. The result? A fascinatingly gripping tale - all without words - that graced the opening as A3-sized panels!

I came across his work when he featured it on his blog, the Rambling Librarian. I wrote him and Ivan has graciously allowed his work to be showcased on Habitatnews.

I hope to be able to present to you a larger version of his work in future. Meanwhile, if you enjoy the artwork, or know more about the legend, do leave a comment at his blog's Legend of Bukit Merah entry or email him. He'd love to hear from you.

It's worth noting that there are several variables in the many versions that exits about the story - the location of the hill the boy was tracked down to (Fort Canning or Redhill), the kind of fish attacking the shores (garfish or swordfish), the shoreline that faced the attack and even the source of the blood - I believe I heard a more tragic ending with the boy murdered.

I believe the confusion about this is due to the unspecific narrative of the original story, and the attempts many of us make in trying to pin down specifics which will most defintely elude us.

Instead, just enjoy "The legend of Bukit Merah".

Posted at 2:42PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news