Monday, August 20, 2007

Moving Home

This was in Malaysia's New Straits Times a few days ago:
"Farmer Abu Hassan Ahmad was so attached to his home; he decided to take the whole house with him when he had to move. 'We had lived in the old site for more than 20 years, but now we want to be closer to my mother-in –law to take care of her' "

"The 56 year old farmer said several village elders got about 150 villagers to help with the ‘big move”. Besides helping to carry the house half a kilometer to the new site, the villagers also took part in a “gotong-royong” (communal working together) to clear the land at the new location. It took an hour to move the house."

Source: New Straits Times 15th August,2007; photo by Rahmat Othman

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Anonymous said...


This article highlights how people traditionally decided how they would keep their family "together" by building their homes or maintaining their homes "around their families." It is very relevant today. Today's modern designs are totally opposed to this concept and tends to isolate family members. Also, ultimately people un-learn the social skills necessary to get along in a family.

Mazlin Ghazali said...

Yes Roberto, this is is the case not only in Malaysia, but all over the world. In rural pre-industrial societies, communal cooperation is strong. But in big towns, such traditional relationships often break down. A lot of my work is aimed at creating conditions for strong neighbourhood communities to form in dense urban settings.

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Jack said...

Amazing ! It is lovely idea of moving home from one place to another place. I never thought like that. How do you make it possible. have you booked any moving company for it ? I am quite interested in it .

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