Sunday, November 25, 2007

“I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival on 8-9 December 2007 - PRESS STATEMENT


SEVENTY-seven years ago, in an isolated valley of Bukit Lagong, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, a group of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasians set up a contained community. They lived in harmony and interdependently of each other.

They were leprosy patients, sent to live in the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement, where they found hope and
dignity. It was a heaven that allowed them to re-define themselves as human beings and enabled them to make friends and sustain friendships, express their feelings, form families and be individuals who contributed to their own community.

From the time it was built in 1930, Sungai Buloh was one of the biggest leprosy settlements in the-then British Empire, and the second biggest in the world. It was equipped with advanced facilities and planned following the principals of a garden city. It was a pioneer project based on the “enlightened policy” of segregating leprosy patients in a self-supporting community. Over the years, the settlement also became a research centre for leprosy.

Since its establishment, the settlement has been relatively undisturbed due to the public’s fear of, and the stigma attached to leprosy.

Recently, the government announced plans to preserve part of the settlement as a national heritage. But 40 acres (16.19ha) of the settlement has been surrendered to the government, to make way for the medical faculty of the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

The project has threatened to destroy Sungai Buloh's authenticity and wholeness as one of the most perfectly planned and impressive leprosarium models in modern history. It will also erase evidence of the country's contribution to the history of humankind.

Preserve the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement

The Sungai Buloh leprosy settlement has marked a very significant stage in Malaysian history in relation to medicine, planning, architecture and social cultural aspects.

The rediscovery of this historical place is one of the most exciting milestones in our modern heritage and preservation. It is like a modern 'ancient site' that awaits people to uncover and interpret on how an isolated world had been planned, structured and functioned to self-sustain a group of humans, being socially, culturally and economically separated from society.

There are significant values of Sg Buloh Settlement as described below meets all the criteria of the National Heritage Act 2005, Part X, Section 67(2), Items (a)-(i) which entitles it to be preserved under the National Heritage Act 2005. They are:
1. The legacy of Garden City Planning
2. Pioneer of Self-Supporting prophylaxis Settlement
3. Legacy of multi-racial living environment
4. Exceptional example of modern sub-culture
5. Renowned famous leprosy research center
6. Rare example of a group of colonial buildings

Who are we “Save Valley of Hope Solidarity Group”?

When the East part of the leprosy settlement was demolished, it was only a matter of time before their legacy is lost forever. Afraid that this might happen, we formed a group and called it, “Save Valley of Hope”. The research, documentation, shooting and program organization began to enliven this leprosy settlement. Our group members include lecturers, social workers, university and college students.

The solidarity group’s effort is only in its initial phase considering our government had not realized the importance of preserving this potential World Heritage. The members of the group are volunteers and goes through an ongoing expansion.

“I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival Coming Soon!!!

Refer to the above matter, we, Save Valley of Hope Solidarity Group, together initiated by Sg.Buloh Settlement Council, will organize a carnival for the public titled , "I Love Valley of Hope" Carnival, on 8-9 December 2007, in collaboration with the World Human Rights Day.

Our objective is to preserve Sg Buloh Settlement as a heritage for mankind. This 2 days carnival is expected to attract 300 people including children and adults.

Through this carnival, we believe we can:
- Firmly acknowledge the immortality right of living of the lepers patients in Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement.
- Introduce the Valley of Hope, educate and create awareness among the public regarding the importance of preserving heritage.
- Assemble the support and strength of all groups, in collaboration of saving and preserving the Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement as National Heritage.

Following are the details of the carnival

Initiated by: Sungai.Buloh Settlement Council
Organiser: Save Valley of Hope Solidarity Group
Co-organiser: Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Youth, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Lost Generation Space
Supportive Media: Photo Creator Magazine

Title: “I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival
Date: 8 - 9 December 2007 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 8 Dec (10am)- 9 Dec (3pm)
Venue: Dewan Orang Ramai, Sg.Buloh Leprosy Settlement


Lastly, Valley of Hope Solidarity Group hope that the public will join us together in the carnival. In the mean time, we also hope to have sponsorship from the public on running this programme.

Any donation or sponsorship, please bank in to KL& Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section. Please state

“Donate/Sponsor to I Love Valley of Hope Carnival” on the receipt and send it to 03-22724089.

Bank: Public Bank Berhad
Account’s name: The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Account’s number: 3077138310

For further details and enquiry, contact Ms Chua 012-7355025 or Ms Choong 019-3503563 and also visit our website:



雪州双溪毛糯麻风病院 (Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement)成立于1930年8月15日,病院推行社区病院的概念,采用人性化的管理,在麻风病的治疗方面取得突破性的成功,并将治疗方法传至世界卫生组织,使得麻风病最终成为一种可以有效治疗的疾病。院内的设备非常齐全,包含综合医院,研究中心,病患住所,农场,膜拜场所,社交场所,学校,墓场等等,是个不可多得的自治社区。

双溪毛糯麻风病院也被称为“希望之谷”,是世界第二大的麻风病院。然而,院中最具代表性的东院区,在许多人关注之下,仍逃不过拆除的命运。在50周年国庆的隔一天,怪手及拆除工人便悄悄进驻东院,随即拆除监狱及在周围的房舍。拆除的声音惊动了当地居民及关心麻风病院保存的人士,经过联络之后,隶属于文化,艺术及文物部的文物局总监拿督祖莱娜教授到现场阻止工程施工无效,进而发出了临时保护法令 (Interim Protection Order),以便在内阁讨论麻风病院的去留之前,玛拉医学院 (Uitm)所聘用的承包商不得动工。




“抢救希望之谷”小组从今年8月开始,已配合院民举办过不少活动,而接下来的大型活动“我爱希望之谷”嘉年华会将于12月8日至9日,地点于双溪毛糯麻风病院进行。我们希望和院民站在一起,带动更多人认识麻风病院,一起为保存双溪毛糯麻风病院为人类的共同文化资产。 (附录1:详细“我爱希望之谷”嘉年华资料请参阅下一页活动介绍书)
附录1:“我爱希望之谷”嘉年华 介绍书



- 肯定院民在双溪毛糯麻风病院的永久居留权
- 让外界人士认识希望之谷和了解保存的价值
- 培养青少年对历史文化遗产保存的意识
- 凝聚社会各团体的力量,共同捍卫保存双溪毛糯麻风病院做为国家文化资产







总协调: 张集强

总秘书:蔡依霖 副:王慧仪





组员:司徒旨祥, 黄文达,廖秋怡,卢传文,林建安,陈祈文,张绪庄,叶晌荣、


任何捐款可直接Bank In至隆雪华青户口,由隆雪华青代为保管。请将Bank In收据传真至隆雪华青秘书处03-22724089,并在上面注明“我爱希望之谷嘉年华会”赞助费。

银行:Public Bank Berhad
户名:The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall




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