Artists Never Retire

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Artists, like some politicians, don’t really retire. So who are the notable ones in Malaysia today? Contrary to popular opinion, the oldest most notable Malaysian artist is technically not Yeoh Jin Leng (born 1929). The honour goes to Chinese brush artist Ang Swee Hin (b. 1925) and to the lesser known artist-politician from Sabah, Datuk Haji “Murshidi 6B” Nambi (b. 1925).

China-born Swee Hin@Yew Sheng learned the finer points of his art from his uncle, Ang Chan Chiew, in China, while Murshidi was an adviser to SAPP (Sabah Progressive Party).


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