Eastern and Oriental Express special tour 17 Jan 2011

The Eastern and Oriental Express has launched a new train ride from Singapore to Bangkok, which stops in Kuala Lumpur. The inaugural trip took place in January and on 17 January, a group of six passengers came for a special trip to the museum. These were all journalists, working for various publications in Europe and the region. Lorien Holland gave them a tour of Galleries B&C and hopefully we will good publicity from the visit — and more train passengers in the future.


Camping and Tramping: The Museum in Malaya

The National University of Singapore has an exhibition on the making of the museum in Malaya, based on a range of colonial archives. If anyone has a chance to visit (it runs to Jan 2012) please post a comment below. It sounds interesting

Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya

13 Jan 2011 – 2012

NUS Museum New*

The term Camping and Tramping is inspired by a lesser known 19th century document compiled by a British officer describing the field work and travails of his time with the colonial office in Malaya. This exhibition traces the rise of the Museum in British Malaya not just as an indicator of power over what was gazed upon as the exotic but by acknowledging that the very advent of the Museum resulted in a staging ground for a project of accumulation and the ordering of knowledge. Writings and artefacts have been mobilized from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (NUS), Asian Civilizations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, National Library Board Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore National Archives, NUS Museum, and the Ivan Polunin and Mohammad Din Mohammad collections.

Heritage Walking Tour of KL December 11, 2010


MV Batch 12’s Heritage Walk on Saturday 11 December 2010

By Kon Cze Yan

It was an end of term treat for Batch 12.  An outing instead of another classroom lecture. The day began quite badly with the closure of Dataran Merdeka to traffic because of a 1Malaysia Run and traffic diversions because of demonstrations regarding Selangor’s water problems. The organiser (me!) was late from trying all possible routes to enter the Royal Selangor Club. Luckily all the other 13 participants turned up fairly punctually around 8.30am. They cleverly came by public transport or parked away from Dataran Merdeka.

Our guide for the 1.5 hour walk was the most knowledgeable Lee Choo Sim. Choo Sim took us from Dataran Merdeka to “Kuala Lumpur” to Medan Pasar. At the Dataran, he regaled us with numerous stories about the buildings around Dataran Merdeka & how life was during colonial times. He gave us little snippets of some interesting characters – who had an affair with whom & who was in love with whom! When we moved on to the river area where the Gombak & Klang Rivers meet, Choo Sim pointed out a few obscure facts like the meaning of Kuala Lumpur, which was the Klang & which was the Gombak River(!) & that the river had a little family of otters. Things started getting steamy in Medan Pasar with stories of drugs/opium dens and sex/brothels. Luckily by then it was time to cool off at the historic Royal Selangor Club.

The Royal Selangor Club (RSC) was established in 1884 – 126 years ago. It was founded by J.P. Rodger, Resident of Selangor, A.R. Venning, Selangor Treasurer, Captain Charles Syers, Commissioner of the Selangor Police,  H.F. Bellamy, Superintendent of the Selangor Public Works Department & K. Thamboosamy Pillai, businessman. It was the social hub of KL during colonial times and almost every big event would be held there.

The MV members had tea, coffee and sandwiches next to the famous Long Bar, the bar which is still off limits to women. Chrissy Lioe, husband & son joined us for refreshments. They had just returned from India. Ismail of the RSC then took us for a short tour of the Club’s premises which was rather like a pub crawl – nearly every room in the Club has a bar!

MV members who attended:

Kon Cze Yan

Karen Loh

Chrissy Lioe

Bahyah Mohd Noor

Chris Clifton

Dany Picot

Jaleh Chegini

Joseph Arputhaswamy

Justin Lai Lye Kim

Low Mei May

Magan Karapal

Stuart Wakefield

Sudha Nair

Lee Ah Chai

Muzium Negara pocket guide – English version

The Muzium Negara pocket guide English version is now finished. It should be available soon in the Muzium Negara (once it is printed out). Many thanks to E. Bonnet and E. Michel for writing the original French version, for Marie Tseng and Lorien Holland for translating and editing the English version and for Weronika Rudkiewicz for the fab layout.

Other versions in Bahasa Malaysia, Japanese and other languages are coming.

Museum Negara pocket guide – English version (draft)


FOCUS back with added strength!

I hope you have noticed that our FOCUS meetings are back with added interest. Please check our yahoo! group for details and how to sign up.

Thank you to Kokkie who has so far organized

Oct 4, 2010 Treasures of the World: Jewelled Arts of India

Nov 15, 2010 Human Skeletal Material

Nov 29, 2010 Chinese temples and deities

Jan 27, 2011 Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan

Coming up we have

March 1, 2011 Malaysian jungle

March 12, 2011 Science and Innovation in the Islamic World

MV Schools Programme takes on 350 kids in one day!

On November 27, 2010, the schools programme took on its biggest challenge yet , by hosting 350 kids in one day.

The children were all standard 6 ethnic Tamil school students from 10 different schools in the Klang Valley. Their excursion was funded by EWRF, an NGO dedicated to assisting less privileged Malaysian Indians. You can click here to visit their website and see all the work the group does.

MV’s Karen Loh mobilized 25 MV volunteers to run a morning of activities and investigation in the Muzium Negara. Bravo!

New MV Committee 2011

Here is the line up of our new MV committee, who will take “office” at the start of March 2011 for a two-year term. The MV committee is chosen through a nomination and discussion process that is run by the old committee. You will remember that the MV committee called for nominations back in October 2010, and is delighted to have this line up of existing and new members on the MV committee.

MV Committee 2011

  • President                   Karen Loh (Batch 2)
  • Vice President          Laurence Maille (Batch 10)
  • Secretary                    Stuart Wakefield (Batch 10)
  • Treasurer                    Kon Cze Yan (Batch 3)
  • Training
  • Angela Naylor (Batch 1) – Textile Muzium
  • Cindy Bell (Batch 10) – Muzium Negara (weekday)
  • Jo Thesiger (Batch 10)  – Muzium Negara (weekday)
  • Susan Haveman (Batch 10) – Muzium Negara (weekday)
  • Kon Cze Yan (Batch 3) – Muzium Negara (weekend)
  • Publicity                    Lorien Holland (Batch 2) & Chris Lee (Batch 10)
  • Schools                      Cay Maru (Batch 2)  & Karen Loh (Batch 2)
  • Library                       Chrissy Lioe (Batch 2) & Zahara Shahriman (Batch 1)
  • French Liaison        Elisabeth Clouzeau (Batch 6)
  • Japanese Liaison    Ayako Ohno (Batch 8)
  • Focus                           Kokkie Pauuw (Batch 2)

ANY QUERIES OR ISSUES, EMAIL OUR PRESIDENT at karenllc @ yahoo.com  OR OUR GENERAL QUERIES at mvmqueries @ yahoo.com

(when you type in the email address, you need to take out the spaces on each side of the @, which are there to stop spam)


Happy MVM-ing!

New Year message from Chrissy, our MV President

Dear Volunteers,

As the year 2010 draws to a close it is natural to reflect on what we have all achieved over the past twelve months, and this year has seen many changes.

The Jabatan Muzium kindly provided us a spacious new office to work in, with administrative assistance and secretariat headed by Jamil, who has been of great help to us.  The Museum Negara training programmes continue to attract record numbers of trainee volunteers and in addition, we have started a new training programme at theTextile Museum .Our guiding schedule has expanded and we are creating good publicity material for museum visitors, both young and old. In particular, we now have an excellent French language “Guide de Poche” or “Pocket Guide” of the main four galleries which has been translated into English and will soon be translated into many more languages

Next year will see further changes as I will be stepping down as President at the end of my term in April and I am delighted to announce that Karen Loh has agreed to take over the position.

Karen has been a very active museum volunteer for the past 3 years, guiding, running the schools programme and contributing to the weekend training as well. I am sure she will be a great asset and a wonderful president for the Museum Volunteers.

To build for our future, we are in the process of reviewing and restructuring the training programme for 2011. Zahara and Karen are spearheading the children’s sling bag project, with artistic help from Weronka and Nurul and hopefully corporate sponsors to help finance the project. Please do remember that our Museum Volunteers is what we make of it and each of us has much we can contribute.

I would like to wish everyone best wishes for the Christmas festivities and the coming New Year.

Best wishes, Chrissy

Dates for MV introduction coffee morning

We have fixed the dates for our “Introduction to MV” coffee mornings for this year. These explain the MV to potential trainees, and are useful for recruitment to our MV training programme, which will start in the second half of September 2011

MV Introduction Mornings -MV Room, Muzium Negara
Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 10am
Thursday 8 September 2011 at 10am
Saturday 10 September 2011 at 10am

For more details please click on the Training Programme Tag at the top of this page

Farewell for Dian Banz Derez

More than 20 volunteers came to farwell Dian Banz-Derez at the Chynna Restaurant, Hilton Hotel, on Thursday February 24. Dian has contributed much to the MV in the past three years. As well as being multi-lingual (tours in Flemish, German, English and great French too…)  she has also coordinated the weekend training programme. Dank je wel, jumpa lagi Dian!Dian with dim sum

Diane farewell lunch

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