1970s Malay Children Scroll
All the children in Huang Yao’s drawings are Chinese and they are dressed in ancient Chinese clothing, except for the children in the scroll of 100 Malay village children. There is no distinction in the facial features of the children of these two races. They all have bright, alert wide apart eyes. Only differences are their clothing, the indigenous activities they are involved in and the back ground that is peculiar to Malaysia.
The welcome parade greeting the viewers! It graces all important functions involving dignitaries. ‘Sepat raga’ the game of kicking rattan ball continues to be a national pastime; it is one of the games recognized in the Asian Games competition. Dancing accompanied by drums and riding make believe horses can be seen in cultural shows. Riding in bullock cart too is extinct since the use of motorbikes and cars. The Malay houses no longer moved around as they are much bigger and almost all of them are anchored by cement. The shadow play still exists but there are few Ma-lays with the skill to climb up a coconut tree. The coast of the northeastern states was once famed for its population of leatherback turtles, which in the 1950s used to struggle up the beaches in the thousands to lay eggs in the sand. These days there are few turtle visits. But further north the popular pastime of flying the big Malay kite which makes a special sound is still popular.