It's Finally Born
I have been looking forward for this book. I have seen many of its exhibits during my walks - Ruang being one of such places. Now the compilation was finally released and after lunch today, I managed to spend half an hour or so attending the launch of this book - Born in Malaysia. It was held at the MPH Store at NU Sentral.
I first came across Kenny Loh, the author through his similarly titled book Born in Malaysia, A Photographer’s Journey 3 years back. Since then I have been following him through Facebook and the Internet, finally meeting him on a few occasions. He was engaging and spent time with anybody who would listen each time we met. And from our encounters, it was very clear that he has this gift of a storyteller.
A professional photographer by trade, he was a journeyman living abroad until 2010. He has been mentioning about this book for some time, holding exhibitions showing excerpts of the contents and it was a relief that it was finally on the shelves. I attended one of his event back in October 2018 where he showed a mock-up of the book. We had a frank discussions and I admired the care that he had in producing the work.
Also at the launch was his editor, another acquaintance, Jahabar Sadiq giving some insight on the book. Jahabar certainly maintained a high standard in making sure that the final product had continuity and flow, something which can easily be lost in Kenny’s passion in compiling the work. In the end, this is a book Kenny should be proud of. He still owe me his signature on the cover though as I had to return to the hospital for my afternoon rounds. A number of subjects featured in the book were present to tell the tales from their perspective during the event, but sadly I had to give them a miss.
I will later buy a few copies of the book for my Day Care and clinic, so that my patients would have the chance to have a look while waiting ... This is a book to treasure!