phase 2 (2016-2018):

REDISCOVERING EACH OTHER

 


  our JOURNEY  AROUND MALAYSIA 

When Phase 1: Vision for Malaysia was over, we realized that we weren't even close to scratching the surface of discovering and understanding Malaysia. This led us to The Rojak Projek's Phase 2: Rediscovering Each Other. From Malaysia Day 2016 onwards, we traveled through our 13 states and achieved two main things:

1. Filmed a documentary of our 'not-so-perfect-but-very-heartcore' journey where we collected Malaysian stories in a bid to understand the different cultures in each state and discover elements of unity and 'rojak' (mixes) embedded in their local architecture, languages, people and many other areas.

 

2. We continued our art movement and in the process of exploring different kinds of food, we were able to experience interesting local cultures and meet tribes that we have never even heard of before.

Our journey gave birth to produced 540 artworks showcasing Malaysians from all 13 states. Why 540? Because Malaysia was born on the 16th of September 1963 (54 years prior to 2017) when East Malaysia was included as an essential part of the Malaysian federation. Without Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia would not be Malaysia. In 2018, we added the final 10 to make it 550 in conjunction with Malaysia Day.

 

Check out our extended version : Our final chapter

/ Disciplines: Malaysian impact and awareness

 

 


 

DOCUMENTARY

additional images THAT WERE NOT SHOWN IN THE DOCUMENTARY (2016-2017)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

We landed in Miri and travelled up north to Lawas, passing Brunei twice with our passport. We stayed with our Kelabit family's kampung to discover and learn more about their stories, culture and food. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

That night itself, we took a chance to meet the Lunbawang community as they were preparing a feast for an engagement between a Kelabit and Lunbawang. As we were worried we may step over the line not knowing about their culture, we were in fact accepted and immediately took part in their activities. Here's Faye trying to prepare Kuih Kelupis. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Rachel and Faye helping to arrange the Kuih Kelupis to be steamed. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

We then asked a few aunties what was it that they were making and here we are participating in wrapping the Nubaq Layaq, a traditional wrapped rice known to the Orang Ulu in Sarawak. Believe us when we say, it wasn't easy! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Morning awaits us to our first tasting, Nubaq Layaq (Softened Rice) eaten with vegetables and meat. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Here is our Tepuq* (Grandaunty or Granduncle in Kelabit language). We were so grateful we could feast with them in the meals that was prepared for the family. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

We came back to the Lunbawang community to learn and assist them on how to traditionally wrap the Nubaq Layaq. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

We then noticed and witness how the women in their community know their roles in preparation. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

The Lunbawang men also knows their roles in portioning the meat together. It's always fun when you do things together. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Here's Faye and Rachel in the process of wrapping our meal! Thanks Anderson Kalang for most of the video shots! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Just for additional information, it was really, really hot. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

That's our Tepuq! Adorable isn't he! We were so grateful that we were so welcomed with love. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

We decided to travel to Lawas Market and we found this yummy 'Ikan Tahai' snack! Yummy!

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Tamu Market in Lawas, Sarawak. The moment Rachel realises she's too tall for the market! XD!

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas Market! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

We decided to travel by Uber... we mean, by our RM1 boat ride from the kampung to the Lawas town! It was fun! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

That's Rachel, Faye, Anderson Kalang and Tepuq in our RM1 boat ride to Lawas City.

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Smile! There's no crocodile! XD!

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Here's how the Lunbawang feast together! You will have a long table! Faye's super happy with her effort of wrapping the softened rice! Hehehe... (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

#familyportrait

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

Celebrating the engagement between a Kelabit and Lunbawang community! It felt like a wedding to be honest!

Lawas, Sarawak

Lawas, Sarawak

As our journey ends in Lawas, we went to a kopitiam that had many Muslims working. It's very rare to see a Muslim person serving us pork as it would be a culture shock since we live in Kuala Lumpur. We respect the Sabah and Sarawak community because they are about respecting everyone. Meat doesn't stop their friendship or respect for one another.

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Here's us meeting the modern Penan family! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Thanks to teacher Victor for introducing us! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

The younger ones showing us the Penan traditional dances.

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Here's a kuih that was prepared by the Penan family. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Preparing Sago. Besides rice, Sago is the Penan's staple food. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Here's Faye paying paying close attention on how the Penan's eat Sago. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Anderson Kalang and Victor giving it a go too! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

This was unusual for us as we thought it was chopsticks, but it isn't! (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Our first meeting with the Tuai Rumah (Head of the longhouse) (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

While Faye was happily learning about the 'tuak' and 'langkau' drink made by the Ibans, Rachel's looks pretty fancy with her Iban attire!

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Interviewing the Iban family

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Thankful and grateful for allowing us to learn. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

We visited the schools to show what 'The Rojak Projek' is all about

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

We not only visited this adorable high-school, we learned to dance liling together ;)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

We broke the ice by asking our teachers to show us to perform traditional dances while Anderson plays the Sape.

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Jambatan Gantung (Hanging Bridge) (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Mangkung Tiang" (Hitting The Pillars) & "Miring" (Asking for all gods Blessing) ritual..

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Oooooo-Ha!!! Drinking and celebrating with our Iban friends ;)

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Batu Niah, Sarawak

Mangkung Tiang is a ritual when the Iban community conduct some prayers to as for peace and blessings from the gods.

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

Our fulfilling experience learning about our Orang Ulu food at Gerai Nuba Laya, Miri, Sarawak. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

Here's Rachel and Faye with Uncle Ranson, a Kelabit sharing with us about the Orang Ulu food. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

Left to right: Kuih Urum, Kuih Kelupis, Kuih Urum

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

Orang Ulu food

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

We manage to find some more Penan people to share with us their stories. (Credit: Anderson Kalang)

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

The best feeling in the world is to witness culture practice at home and not done commercially.

Miri, Sarawak

Miri, Sarawak

The famous Lutong Mosque-Church.

Bario, Sarawak

Bario, Sarawak

Bario, Sarawak

Bario, Sarawak

While in Bario, we lived with Uncle Robert Chee's beautiful cottage! Thank you, Uncle Robert!

Terengganu

Terengganu

Our Terengganu tour guide ;)

Terengganu

Terengganu

Apparently we came at the right time to witness how the Uncle traditionally bend wood with fire. We were at the right time and season and it was told that not many would witness it.

Terengganu

Terengganu

Apparently we came at the right time to witness how the Uncle traditionally bend wood with fire. We were at the right time and season and it was told that not many would witness it.

Terengganu

Terengganu

Who needs a Mercedez when you can ride in a boat! ;)

Terengganu

Terengganu

A place anyone should come and visit - Duyong Art Gallery

Terengganu

Terengganu

Here at Duyong Art Gallery, someone will share with you how there is so much definition and symbolism and history behind the structure of this house.

Terengganu

Terengganu

The Old Town of Duyong, is said to have been like a small Malay royal palace in ancient times. Located on the island of Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. Another home restored by the Terengganu Museum.

Terengganu

Terengganu

The Old Town of Duyong, is said to have been like a small Malay royal palace in ancient times. Located on the island of Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. Another home restored by the Terengganu Museum.

Terengganu

Terengganu

The Old Town of Duyong, is said to have been like a small Malay royal palace in ancient times. Located on the island of Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. Another home restored by the Terengganu Museum.

Terengganu

Terengganu

The Old Town of Duyong, is said to have been like a small Malay royal palace in ancient times. Located on the island of Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. Another home restored by the Terengganu Museum.

Terengganu

Terengganu

Pulut Nyior is a MUST TRY in Terengganu! Trust us!

Terengganu

Terengganu

Terengganu

Terengganu

Pulau Duyong

Terengganu

Terengganu

Pulau Duyong

Terengganu

Terengganu

https://www.facebook.com/sagawarisan/

Terengganu

Terengganu

The moment we found out there is a Nyonya community in Terengganu! Who knew?

Penang

Penang

Our passionate Penangnite who took Faye around the showcase every element of Rojak (which is the entire Penang itself!)

Penang

Penang

Met Thulaashi, the miracle Tsunami baby.

Penang

Penang

The Rojak Man!!! Best food ever!!!

Johor

Johor

Jacq Hanna, Arnold and I in front of the famous SMK Infant Jesus Convent in Johor Bahru.

Johor

Johor

Met up with Esther who helped us to find more food for us to eat, create our artworks and eat again! (Ohmehgerd)

Johor

Johor

Met up with Esther who helped us to find more food for us to eat, create our artworks and eat again! (Ohmehgerd)

Sabah

Sabah

KDCA's beauty pageant is super pack man!

KK, Sabah

KK, Sabah

Learning more about Sabah's food in D'place, KK, Sabah

Inanam, Sabah

Inanam, Sabah

We rolling with Ruby Subramaniam to our adventure to Kundasang and Ranau.

Sabah

Sabah

Our first time witnessing a Rafflesia flower!

Kundasang, Sabah

Kundasang, Sabah

New Zealand... we mean! It's Kundasang

Ranau, Sabah

Ranau, Sabah

Our first experience of 'Nasi Linopot' that is famous in Ranau!

Ranau, Sabah

Ranau, Sabah

Our first experience of 'Nasi Linopot' that is famous in Ranau!

Ranau, Sabah

Ranau, Sabah

Our first experience of 'Nasi Linopot' that is famous in Ranau!

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Kedah

Kedah

Our tiring one day trip ended up with a free meal!

Ipoh

Ipoh

Ipoh flee market with Matt La Brooy

Ipoh

Ipoh

Keilly Castle, Perak with Matt La Brooy

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Us behind the scene

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documentary Testimonies:

"A powerful and inspiring documentary, that encourages and makes me want to rediscover Malaysia and along the way, each other. Thank you for this, sharing and showing us your journey, allowing us to have a glimpse of what your senses had experienced the past year. Looking forward to more of what the The Rojak Projek will embark on to unite us all as one."

 

                                                                                           - Carmen Koo, Malaysia

 

550 ARTWORKS

MADE in MALAYSIA

 


 

This is not about food art. This is conceptual work, portraying the story of a few young Malaysians who went on a journey around Malaysia to rediscover our diverse people and culture. A journey that aims to transform the idea of being colour-blind to colour-embracing (from 'Malay', Chinese' 'Indian' and 'lain-lain' to Malaysian), in a time where the call for unity has never been more profound. In their travels they found that we are all 'Rojak' (mixed) that speaks about the beauty and diversity of our country and identity. They realized that after almost 60 years since Malaysia was formed, Malaysians are still ignorant about the many other people and cultures in their own land. 

PS: All food were eaten, packed, documented, delivered to bless others and causing us to gain terrible weight for the entire year!!! With the works we've done so far, we've only managed to cover a portion of Malaysia in it's entirety! That means that there is so much more to discover! Now, you can play a part in helping us uncover the hidden gems that Malaysia has to offer! Find out how.

© The Rojak Projek 


 

Kuih Onde-Onde
Sirap Bandung Drink
Kuih Egg Tart
Kuih Pulut Tai Tai
Rojak
Roti Canai
Char Keow Teow
Nasi Lemak
Laksam
Nasi Kerabu
Jelebi Sweet
Kerepek Ubi
Keropok Udang
Kuih Bangkit
Keropok Roda
Neslo (Nescafe Coffee + Milo) Drink
Kuih Pulut Inti
Kuih Abuk-Abuk
Soya Cincau Drink (Michael Jackson)
Putu Mayam
Patai Muruku
Muruku
Muruku
Laddoo Sweet
Keropok Amplang
Barfi Sweet
Kuih Apam Kukus
Asam Boi
Kuih Cincin
Chapati
Pal Goa Sweet
Kerepek Jejari Ubi
Tau Fu Fah Snack
Spiral Ear Biscuit
Kuih Kesui
Kopi
Milo Drink
Pisang Goreng
Horlicks Drink
Spiral Ear Biscuit
Nasi Dagang
Curry Laksa
Halwa Sweet
Chicken Rice
Tosai
Maggi Goreng with Telur Mata
Rojak Buah
Kuih Ketayap
Matri
Tempeyek
Pan Mee
Kuih Lopes
Vadai Kuih
Fruit Jelly Candy
Gulab Jamun Sweet
Kuih Lapis
Kek Lapis Sarawak
Cendol
Coconut Candy
Iced Gem Biscuits
Untitled (Kuih)
Untitled (Kuih)
Apam Manis
Untitled (Kuih)
Biskut Gula Merah
Untitled (Kuih)
Black Hong Peah
Caramel Pudding
Cha Bi Hun
Bunga Betik Dusun Ranau
Bosou
Crispy Chicken Biscuit
Chee Cheong Fun Curry
Curry Mee with Yong Tau Foo
Chee Cheong Fun
Dusun Rungus Vegetable Bunga Kantan, Kulat Sisir, Bawang Kuchai and Cendawan
Heong Peah
Ice Ball
Ipoh Hor Fun
Kacang Tumbuk
Hinava
Kaya Puff Pastry
Keropok Bayam Ranau
Kuih Lidah
Kuih Kacang Tanah
Kuih Hinompuka
Kuih Banana
Cha Bi Hun
Leng Chee Kang (Sweet Lotus Seed Soup)
Murtabak Sayur
Mee Sup Pipin
Nasi Ganja Perak
Nasi Linopot
O Chien
Rungus Pakis Merah
Pork Ball Noodle
Penang Asam Laksa
Pucuk Kudit Dusun Ranau
Rebong (Bamboo)
Ranau Ikan Masin Cili
Roasted Chestnut or Buah Berangan
Rungus Vegetable
Sabah Tea
Sayur Campur
Rungus Vegetable
Sekapur Sirih Seulas Pinang
Serunding Tuhao
Sotong Kangkung
Sweetened Nutmeg
Susu Badam / Almond Milk
Tebaloi Asli
Tausa Kuih Kacang Merah
Tambun Biscuit
Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun
Tuaran Mee
Ubud Kenangan
Tuhau
Tuhau Serunding
UFO Tart
Vegetarian Samosa
Bario Salt
Abang & Ginger (Kelabit)
Untitled (Biscuits)
Untitled (Snacks)
Bario Bili (Kelabit)
Puffed Fried Rice
Beef Noodle
Beras Pulut Bario
Bihun Belacan
Biskut Makmur
Buah Dabai
Bua Payang (Kelabit)
Bubur Kelatang (Exotic Food)
Bubur Ubi Keladi (Kelabit)
Buri Baka (Exotic Food)
Butterfly Kuih
Gula Kacang Batang
Gula Tarik
Iber (Exotic Food)
Ikan Pansuh
Ikan Tahai
Kek Batik
Keropok Beras Bario
Jantung Pisang
Kikid
Kompia
Kolok Mee
Kuih Acuan
Kuih Doraemon
Kueh Chap
Kuih Gelang
Kuih Penyaram
Kuih Kelupis Bario
Kuih Tapai
Kuih Tiram Lidah Buaya
Kuih Ubi
Kulat (Mushroom Rice)
Kelabit Kuih Urum
Labo Baka Senutuk
Labo Kayat (Exotic Food)
Labo' Payo Senutuk
Labo Salangui Benalan (Exotic Food)
Labo Terutung
Luang Senaag
Miri Nasi Campur
Nuba Upih
Nubaq Layaq (Wrapped Rice)
Orang Ulu Food
Untitled (Penan Food)
Untitled (Penan Kuih)
Untitled (Penan Kuih)
Untitled (Penan Kuih)
Untitled (Penan Kuih)
Periuk Kera
Puluh Senutung
Sarawak Crispy Tomato Ketchup Noodle
Sarawak Laksa
Sarawak S Shape Butter Cookies
Sarawak Midin
Sinamu La'am (Kasam Babi Hutan)
Apam Balik Kelapa
Air Tingkap
Apam Bekua (Kuah Pisang)
Baba Rendang Chicken Rice
Baba Laksa
Acar Buah
Bihun Sup
Bunga Geti
Cha Koey Kak
Cincalok
Corn with Shredded Coconut
Gula Melaka
Hainanese Bun
Hainanese Chicken Rice and Chicken Rice Balls
Hakka Mee
Jeruk Maman
Keropok Matahari
Kon Loh Mee
Kuih Bongkong
Kuih Chu Yap
Kuih Karas Kedah
Kuih Kasturi Kacang Hijau
Kuih Kochi Hitam
Kuih Pegna
Kuih Rose
Kuih Ta Kak Lau (Coconut)
Laksa Kedah
Love Letters
Mee Hoon Sotong
Mee Java
Mee Sotong
Mee Kering
Mengkudu
Mysore Park Sweet
Nasi Kunyit
Nyonya Asam Laksa
Nasi Lemuni
Nasi Tomato Curry Chicken
Nyonya Kuih Chang (Ayam)
Nasi Kandar
Nyonya Kuih Koci
Nyonya Pulut Inti
Pai Tee
Pekasam
Potato Biscuit
Pinapple Tart
Pulut Harumanis
Pulut Ayam
Rojak Mee
Roti Kok
Seremban Beef Noodles
Seremban Lou Shu Fun
Seaweed Kuih Kapit
Soto Ayam
Nyonya Sambal Petai Udang
Tau Yu Bak
Vegetarian Dumpling
Yam Cake
Woon Chai Koh (Rice Bowl Cakes)
Yellow Wine Chicken Pau
White Sugar Sponge Cake
Tumeric Powder
Ubi & Yam Kuih
Tosai Masala
Tomato Chutney
Sticky Rice Muachi
Steamed Egg Cake
Sour Plum Powder
Snake Fruit
Sesame Oil
Sayur Geli
Roti Tisu
Roti Prata
Red Bean Kuih
Pulut Nyiur
Pulut Bamboo
Pineapple Fruit
Plum Haw Flakes
Otak Otak
Nyonya Ikan Parang Keropok Lekor
Nasi Minyak
Nasi Daun Teratai
Nasi Biryani
Nasi Air
Mee Bandung Johor
Mango Kerabu
Ma Lai Go Steamed Cake
Lingham's Chilli Sauce
Kuih Wajip
Laksa Terengganu
Kuih Tepung Pasung
Kuih Qasidah
Kuih Lompat Tikam Terengganu
Kuih Lepak Ubi
Kuih Koci
Kuih Bingka Ubi
Kuih Denderam
Kuih Belebat Ubi
Kerabu Sare / Rumpai Laut
Kerabu Pauh with Keropok Keping
Keow Hiao Kai
Kemaman Toast Bread
Hainanese Coconut Kuih (Yi Bua)
Kaya
Johor Laksa
Hollywood in Terengganu
Ikan Celup Tepung
Fried Ikan Bilis with Peanuts
Coconut Chutney
Dried Fillet Fish
Buah Asam Jawa
Dhal Sauce
Dodol Palas
Black Sauce
Untitled (Fruit)
Bachang
Bepang Pulut
Acar Sauce
Bimbingan
Bengali Bread
White Wanton Mee
Ulam, Nasi (Rice) dan Budu Sauce
Tofu
Telur Kopek
Sungai Lembing Noodle
Sungai Lembing Biscuit
Kemaman Stuffed Crab
Solok Lada
Serunding
Satay Jelly Fish
Sate Ikan
Satay
Satar Ikan
Roti Titab
Raub Kacang Goreng Sempalit
Putu Beras Bunga
Putu Beras
Pulut Dakap
Pulut Bakar
Puding Raja
Pisang Goreng with Kicap
Pais Ikan
Otak-Otak Ikan
Otak-Otak
Nasi Kak Wok
Nasi Kapik with (Coconut) Sambal
Nasi Tumpang
Nasi Ambang
Nasi Gulai Ikan Keling
Nasi Air Dinging
Yee Mee Soup
Kuih Tapai
Lompat Tikam
Kuih Tahi Itik
Kuih Seri Ayu
Kuih Nona Manis
Kuih Jala Emas
Kuih Gelembung Buaya
Kuih Gerodok Telur
Kuih Cek Mek Molek
Kuih Cara Berlauk
Kuih Cakar Ayam
Kuih Belebat Ubi Keledek
Kuih Beko
Kuih Buah Tanjung
Kuih Belimbing
Kuih Apam Kaya
Kuih Akok
Khao Jam
Keropok
Ketupat
Ketchup Yee Mee
Kerepek Sago
Ikan Kembung with Budu Sauce
Gan Lou Yee Min
Biskut Kepala
Ginang Ginang Pulut
Ikan Bakar Stulang Laut
Hakka Choi Kueh
Budu Sauce
Ang Ku Kueh
Ayam Kicap
Apam Gula Melaka
Apolo Biscuits
Badak Berendam
Ayam 65
Banana Fruit
Banana Leaf Rice
Bangle Candy
Barley Porridge
Bat Kut Teh
Bi Hoon Goreng Telur Mata
Big Foot Sweet
Biskut Jem Nanas
Biskut Kacang Bijam
Biskut Kelapa
Bunga Telang (Asian Pigeonwings)
Bunga Kantan
Butter Cookies
Cameron Boh Tea
Cempedak Fruit
Chicken Pakora
Cheese Naan
Cheezels Snack
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chinese Herbs
Chili Crab
Choco Roundies Sweet
Chocolate Wafer Cream
Chocolate Wafer Roll
Chupa Chups
Cili Kering
Choki Choki
Cili Padi
Claypot Chicken Rice
Cloud 9
Cream Crackers
Crispy Chicken Biscuit
Crispy Wafer
Curry Puff
Dahlia Biscuits
Dragon Fruit
Durian Fruit
Dry Milk + Fruit Palgoa Sweet
Duku Fruit
Economy Rice
Egg Biscuit
Fish Biscuits
Fish Muruku
Fish Shape Satay
Kaya Toast with Egg
Fried Brinjal
Fried Mushroom
Fruit Plus Sweet
Ginko Soya Dessert
Green Bean Dessert
Gummi Pizza
Hacks Sweet
Gula Gula Limau
Gula Tarik
Yupi Burger
Yao Cakoi
Wu Kok (Yam Pastry)
Yam Ball
Watermelon Fruit
Water Crest Soup
Wantan Mee
Twisties
Terung pipit
Tapioca Ball
Telur Bungkus
Tandoori Chicken
Tamago Egg Biscuit
Sweet Fried Read Bean Bun
Sup Daging
Sugun Biscuits
Sugus
Sugun
Sugar Peanut
Stik Celup Strawberi
Star Fruit
Stick Potato Biscuits
Star Anise (Spice)
Sour Ribbon Sweet
Siew Pau
Spicy Kacang
Sesame Lotus Balls
Shat Keh Mah
Siew Mai
Scoox Sweet
Sarawak Pepper
Samosa
Sabah Tea
Roti Jari
Roti Jala
Rosella Fruit
Roller Coaster
Rempeyek Kacang Hijau
Rice Cake
Ribbon Biscuits
Red Bean Dessert
Red Bean Cake
Rasam Soup
Rambutan Fruit
Ramli Burger
Putu Ragi
Punjabi Sweet Special Patisa
Punjabi Sweet Rasugala
Punjabi Sweet Gajarela
Punjabi Sweet Adrasam
Punjabi Sweet Balu Shah
Punjabi Shankarpali
Punjabi Shakkarpare
Punjabi Palgoa
Punjabi Palak Paneer
Preserved Mangoes
Popiah
Potato Bread
Pulut Panggang
Porridge
Ice Tube
Hello Panda Snack
Jambu Batu
Idli and Chutney
Honey Star
Ice Cream Potong
Jantung Pisang
Jambu Fruit
Kacang
Jeruk Memasin Mo Fa Kor
Kai Lan
Kacang Soya Kuning
Kayu Manis
Kerepek Ubi Pedas Basah
Keropok Banana
Keropok Bantal
Keropok Bunga
Keropok Bunga
Keropok Emping
Keropok Ikan Jejari
Keropok Kentang
Keropok Lekor
Koko Krunch
Keropok Ubi Keladi
Kuaci
Kuih Bahulu
Kuih Bakar
Kuih Bingka Ubi Kayu
Kuih Bunga Bangkit
Laces Sweet
Lemang and Rendang
Lime Fruit
Lo Mai Kai
Lontong
Malai Tikka
Mamee Monster
Massimo bread
Mee Hailam
Mee Sup Kuva
Melaka Dodol Durian
Mentos
Mi Mi Snack
Milo Ball
Mini Jelly Fruit
Murtabak Ayam
Murukku Pagoda
Muruku Campuran
Nasi Dagang
Nasi Briyani Ayam Telur
Nasi Campur
Nasi Lemak Ayam Rempah
Nasi Lemak Wild Boar
Paddle Pop Ice Cream
Pavakkai Varuval Fried Bitter Gourd
Peanut
Peanut Cracker
Peanut Candy
Plum Candy
Pocky
Poori
Ciku Fruit
Kuih Lada-Lada
Ice Kacang / ABC: Air Batu Campur
Bambangan
Gula-gula Lada
Kedondong / Ambarella Fruit
Mangosteen Fruit
Kuih Sasak
Kuih Siput
Sayur Tarap
Pssst... If you've noticed, some of our food originates from different parts of the world like China, India, Thailand and Indonesia. It ties back to our roots, our history and where we're from and it's definitely part of our identity! Malaysian food however is a very interesting combination as a result of the intermingling of our taste buds. Most of our food in Malaysia is not the same. We have unique flavours and we believe our food takes it to the next level. Despite our differences, Malaysians are often seen together eating food from each others cultures. It's truly and uniquely something that unites us all!
IF YOU LIKE TO SHARE AND SHOWCASE THESE ARTWORKS
EMAIL US AT THEROJAKTEAM@GMAIL.COM

Our Final Chapter (2018)
We're recording down our last leg till Malaysia Day (16th September)

12th August, Sunday, 5:00 pm @ KLCC

"DEAR MALAYSIA,
 

My girlfriend, Deanna, and I are coming to K.L. for 3 days from Aug 11-14 (this Sat - Tues), and have decided to do a meet up to talk about travel, take selfies and make a fun video together!" - Drew Binsky's facebook


Faye Lim and Jagjeet Singh 'gung-ho' their way to KLCC in hopes to get The Rojak Projek's unity message featured in Drew Binsky's video. We tried to share our concept with him our but... someone cut us off... Damn-it! After trying to be 'thick-skin' for a second round, we managed to get a little of his attention to set a meeting. Thank God we knew Pixie Cigar (from his video) to remind him that we were going to meet up the next day. We also had the help of Max Junior from Sabah who 'thick skin' his way, offering to help drive him to our location as we were being interviewed by Astro Awani that day! Yeap, we got his attention through the crowd and as shown in the video below, he already has a strong sense of what The Rojak Projek has been talking about all this time... even before meeting him.

OMG... We got Drew Binsky's interview on the same day as Astro Awani!

13th August, Monday, @ Pickle & Fig, TTDI

 

2pm - 3pm

with Drew Binsky

3pm - 6:30pm

with Astro Awani

It wasn't easy! Drew was busy and he thought we were interviewing him! Oh nooo! At 10:30am, Faye had to call and clarify hoping to still get the chance to be interviewed by him as there's an important message about diversity we were hoping to share! He gave us 20 seconds to convince him, and we managed to through sharing our story and our journey!

Special thanks to both Drew Binsky and our new Sabah friend, Max Junior who took the initiative to help drive him to us!

By 3:00pm, as mentioned earlier, we had a pre-arranged interview with Astro Awani. They were so kind to give us the opportunity to allow younger Borneons to share their stories (Terence Tapah, Emily Elizabeth, Niney Chong and Kendrick Ng), while also speaking to those we met along our journey as to why they decided to help us with this project around Malaysia (Arnold Louis, Jacq Hannah, Jagjeet Singh and Joselyn Chong). Faye and Rachel were the last to share their experiences, unfortunately not joined by Jon Cool, who was stuck editing the final documentary.

Let's just say that this marks a special day, brave hearts spoke and fiercely, The Rojak Projek chooses to stay steadfast in our purpose and hopeful in our vision. We look to our fellow Malaysians with joy and pride, speaking their minds. To find out more on what our fellow Sabahans and Sarawakians shared, click here. To find out what Co-Founders Rachel Lee and Faye Lim had to share, click here.

Special thanks to Nuradilla Noorazam and Rizal Rahim from Astro Awani for the interview.

Hey, Drew!
See you at our finish line, online ;)

16th August, Thursday

"In this world, there are people with national pride... And then there's Faye and Rachel, who take it to the next level.

Do you remember the Malaysia Airline Flight 370, which went missing back in 2014? Well, after that incidence, these two ladies were fed up from all the negativity & hate that their beloved country (Malaysia) was getting... So, in effort to better unify their diverse nation, they created a movement called The Rojak Projek, where they traveled to every region in Malaysia to make colorful portraits of people by using FOOD as the ART.

Over the last 3 years, they have already made 540 food portraits, and they are wrapping up on their 550th to honor Malaysia's 55th birthday coming up in a few weeks.
 

Faye and Rachel's story is one of the most innovative and impactful I've witnessed. They are opening so many doors for the togetherness of Malaysian people, as well as sending a positive message to the outside world -- and I'm happy that I got to experience it first hand.


To end this script on an unrelated note... I LOVE MALAYSIA!!!" - Drew Binsky's facebook

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Hey Drew, thanks for the sharing our story! It's not just us, it's Jon Cool and many others around Malaysia who brought our journey forward! PS: We will see you at our finish line, on this webpage. We were meant to keep this website private until 30th, but since Drew Binsky shared that he wants to showcase it today... hey, we're going to go with the flow.

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30th & 31st August

Selamat Hari Merdeka in collaboration with Lot 10 & CENDANA 
(Our last 10 at Lot 10)

@ Lot 10,

3rd Floor,

Basketball Court

(Private Event)

30th August, Thursday,

10:15am-12pm

(Open to Public)
31st August,

Friday, 2pm-4pm

​On the 30th of August, during our private event, we captured the last of our portraits. TRP shared that we will be showcasing an exhibition of 550 artworks (another 10 additional artworks will be created in conjunction with Malaysia’s 55th birthday) in collaboration with Perdana Fellows Alumni Association's, “Youth Festival of Ideas 2018” at Sunway University on 15th September 2018. This was our first time showcasing our documentary in a mall for both 30th and 31st August. 

The Rojak Projek believes the next stage should be a nation building journey.

“The ultimate aim is to break ignorance and allow our nation to know each other better. We cannot do it alone and this has to be a nationwide project.” - Faye Lim, Co-Founder of The Rojak Projek


We would like to give a big shout out and thanks to Lot 10 for opening up the space for us and CENDANA for linking us to Lot 10. We would also like to thank Alexa Ho Loo Yan, Dr. Muhammad Daniel Azlan Mahadzir, Arleena Lim, Jagjeet Singh Toor, Joselyn Chong Foong Jose, Khor Chii Hoong (Travis), Tabitha Xavier and Emily Elizabeth Beard for volunteering in this event. 

Sunday, Funday
Creating our final 10 artworks together.

2nd September, Sunday

This was an emotional day for Co-Founder Faye Lim as she readied the house for creating the final 10 artworks with the invited rojak family. Those who came were the first few people who experimented together in Phase 1 including Co-Founder Jon Cool, Edmond Chua Vui Chuan, Wening Cheah and Tabitha Xavier leading to the batch from Phase 2, Joselyn Chong, Jagjeet Singh, Gloria Chieng and Kimberly Yong. We welcomed Nor Atiqah Mohd Zaini (who was helping behind the scenes translating our documentary script from English to Malay) and Emily Elizabeth Beard who helped us during our event on 30th & 31st August at Lot 10. She had to prepare the drawings after Jon captured the portraits on 30th August at Lot 10. 

We taught them the process of how to create a simple version of the artwork and we had so much fun just chatting, learning, creating and tasting. We shared intimate moments of what happened behind the scenes on our journey and we laughed about the silliest things during this last session. 

Edmond and Faye had to move aside to construct Drew Binsky's artwork since it felt like a surgical operation because he was made with 'Ice-Kacang'. The ingredients were bought by Joselyn Chong and Wening and we had to handle it delicately because there was ice involved. Drew Binskys artwork was the last to be created. All together it took 3 people to construct that piece. 

It was a fun time for us and we had a great time laughing and eating all the works we'd created during this session. In a way, there was a calm, zen feeling at the end of it. When we were done, we packed and cleared up the place as respect to the household. Faye then gave a few words of blessing and thanks to everybody and Jon ended it with a group photo :)

We have to give a special shout out to Andrew Wong who bought the final materials from Sabah and Debra Leong from Charlie's Cafe for making and cooking the traditional 'Bambangan' and 'Sayur Tarap' dish .

Our final chapter for Phase 2! It's a wrap!

#550 for Malaysia's 55th Birthday!

@ Youth Festival of Ideas 2018 by PFAA (15th September)

15th September, Saturday,

9am - 5pm@ Sunway University (court)

TRP's highlight is at 1pm-1:45pm

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15th & 16th September,

11am-9pm @

Sentul Depot, Sentul West, Kuala Lumpur.

The Rojak Projek showcased an exhibition of 550 artworks with conjunction to Malaysia’s 55th birthday in collaboration with Perdana Fellows Alumni Association's, “Youth Festival of Ideas 2018” at Sunway University on 15th September 2018. Many thanks to Photobook Malaysia and Perdana Fellows, SAY Community and  for sponsoring the prints and creating the display panels.

We would like to firstly thank our sponsors and supporters; Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah, SAY Community (Selangor Youth Community)​, Photobook Worldwide​, Charlie's Cafe for their UFO tarts, Perdana Fellows Alumni Association​; Nurul Azwa, Syafiq Md Daud, Nazatul Natasha Omar Shah and their Perdana Fellow team, Nation Building School​; Nafis Naqiyudeen Nazri, Dzulhilmy Mohd, Yasmin Ghazali, Kamil Izzat Hazmi Mahmud and the Rojak Projek's family Arleena Lim, Hannah Jeyaraj, Ahmad Faliq Fauzi, Jacqueline Hannah, Rhonwyn Hagedorn, Rachel Lee and Faye Lim.
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We would like to thank our VIP guest, Tunku Khadijah Abdul Rahman (Our first Prime Minister's daughter), Puan Sri Christine and YB Lim Yi Wei for joining our 'Rojak Nation' session where we involved the crowd with cultural curiosity and express and share how together, we as a nation can bridge the gap.
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Let's not forget to all those who joined us in Malaysian Spirit. These artworks are more than just creating 550 "food art", it is a reflection of the kindness we receive around Malaysia who helped us in our journey to focus on our message of unity which is, 'Malaysia tak sama, kalau kita tak bersama (Malaysia is never the same if we are not together). This was a journey we transform the idea of colour-blindness to colour-embracing. Phase 2 has reached its end and we would like to prepare to collaborate with our nation as we prepare a Rojak Nation journey, together.

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The purpose of the 'Rojak Nation' session was to pave a way to inspire younger Malaysians to begin their own journey of being problem solvers, carrying the responsibilities of bridging gaps together. Our hope is that this will become a larger Malaysian nation building movement.
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The Rojak Projek ended the session with amazing singing and sape performances by Anderson Kalang, Rosemary Colony Joel and Saufi Aiman from Sarawak and an exciting POP-Confetti group photo with everybody :)
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We had such a great blast and we hope you guys did too!

PS: Thanks, Adhadi Mohd for the great shots! 

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#55 displayed in RIUH x Grab Malaysia Day Weekend at Sentul Depot, Sunway West  (15th & 16th September)

Right after our event at Youth Festival of Ideas at Sunway University, The Rojak Projek went to check out the next exhibition which showcased 55 artworks in RIUH x Grab Malaysia Day Weekend on 15th & 16th September at Sentul Depot @ Sentul West. Over 18,000 people from all walks of life, age and background celebrated Malaysia Day with us! 
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Special thanks to Melissa Low & Marrissa Wambeck from RIUH, CENDANA, GRAB, Bandar Aktiviti Seni, YTL & many of those who came to witness our efforts and journey.
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The event was incredible as the space, people and initiatives came together, we were honoured to be part of it. People were amazed, laughing and pointing away at the 55 art pieces as they talked and learn from each other about the different cultures and food found around Malaysia. There were some who brought their Malaysian flag to pose with the artworks while bringing in others from different countries to join in on the exchange. It was truly beautiful to see the interactions from others and to see the pride (and hunger) glistening from their eyes as Malaysians.
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It was beautifully displayed to give honour to our Malaysia and our people well, together. 

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Truly, we matter together.

Till then, stay tuned!
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Happy 55th Birthday Malaysia!
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Sincerely,
The Rojak Projek (16th September 2018)

#therojakprojek

 
 

OUR MESSAGE to those who  participated in this phase: 

To everyone we met in this process, thank you for participating in The Rojak Projek’s Phase 2 (Rediscovering Each Other)’s journey!

As many of you know, The Rojak Projek is all about bringing people together and celebrating Malaysian diversity. We do that through our different creative means, one of them being through portrait artworks using Malaysian food. After all, food has always been a gesture of peace that allowed us to sit together despite our differences. We want to showcase the beauty of our diversity in our artworks through ‘food’ and also to bring everyone on a journey from colour-blindness (through taking your black and white portraits) to a journey of colour-embracing (transforming it to our colourful conceptual artworks).

We tried our best to diversify everyone, creating their portraits with food from cultures that were different from theirs. We used food ranging from our childhood sweets to kuih’s to drinks and exotic food to snacks and so forth… Many of which a lot of us had not even  seen before! With that we wanted to begin promoting awareness and understanding amongst Malaysians to show that there are other Malaysian brothers and sisters out there that we need to acknowledge. Imagine… you are only 1/550 artworks!

Some of you will feel, ‘Eeeyerrr… why use this food / kuih … to represent me?’ But the point wasn’t for the artworks to be individual creations but one that reflects us as a Malaysian people, together through our diversities. When we put ourselves all together, we can’t label ourselves as a certain race… we are Malaysians first and foremost and that is the most important thing to us.

We did our best – we traveled, we created and we documented these works, We ate it all and tapao’d right after, and through these efforts, we hope that you have been touched and moved enough to spread our love for Malaysian diversity worldwide!

Sincerely,
The Rojak Projek (2018)

‘Malaysia tak sama, kalau kita tak bersama’ 

(Malaysia is never the same if we are not together)
 

ARE THERE MORE FUTURE EXPERIMENTS?

Yes! When the time comes, we will need talented Malaysians from different backgrounds to help us create the next exciting project! This is a journey that we hope can sustain itself and where many can contribute to the experiments.

We believe the idea and awakening journey is to truly to ‘rediscover each other’ for the betterment of our generation, children, and children’s children.

HERE are SOME SIMPLE STEPS ON what you can do today:


1) Go out and make new friends from all walks of life! Be it in your school, work place or just at the bus stop, try saying hi with a smile and get to know another fellow Malaysian.


2) Explore, hunt down and try more food around Malaysia! Experience the other cultures that Malaysia has to offer.


3) Document your journey and share it with us as we prepare a new journey of nation building through cultural mapping around Malaysia. We'd love to hear your thoughts if you also have unique ideas on how we can effectively do this. Psst.. do not forget to subscribe to our website!

TIME TO COLLABORATE

 

What happens after this? Our aim is to share and mobilize this concept around Malaysia and hopefully, worldwide because we know there are many people around the world that need to know that being multi-cultured is awesome, confusing and meant to be embraced! As for us Malaysians, we too need to embrace all our differences and better know our family around Malaysia. We believe it is time for all of us as a nation to get to know one another as every Malaysian has a part to play.

This documentary is just a scratch on the surface of the amount of content, stories and experiences that we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to witness! Watch and witness what we witnessed!

Ever since we won over the people's vote on 9th May 2018 (Malaysia's 14th general election), a New Malaysia has been born!

 

We hope together, we can take it to the next level to not just be aware and proud of our differences but how it's the most important step to recognize, document, create friendships and bridge the gap especially amongst the younger generation to know our diverse Malaysian family! 

We hope that you will enjoy it but more importantly, we hope that by the end of it, you'll stand up even prouder and spread even more love to our incredibly diverse Malaysian family. It's not perfect, but neither are we, and neither are you... but we believe that together, we can do our part to make everything better."

The ultimate aim is to break ignorance and allow our nation to know each other better. We believe the goal is to make the whole video and website content library available for free anywhere to anybody anywhere.

If you are interested to work together or collaborate, you can...

CONTACT US

We're always happy to receive mail so drop us a message! Don't worry, we won't bite ;)

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WHAT DID I LEARN FROM

THIS JOURNEY?

"After travelling around Malaysia, it really was an awakening for me to realize that there is no Malaysia without Sabah and Sarawak." 

 

—  Faye Lim, Co-Founder of The Rojak Projek

 

CASE STUDY

(Phase 1 x Phase 2)

2014 - 2015
VISION FOR MALAYSIA

Idea

 

The idea was born at the end of 2014, a year every Malaysian remembers to be particularly trying (MH370, MH17, etc). Racial unity was rift following a host of unfortunate events, something every Malaysian doesn't miss. ​

“There was a point in time when negativity grew like cancer. In the quiet, I prayed and I asked myself, what is the one thing that all of us Malaysians can unite behind --  it was food. Our Malaysian food!  It hit me that our food is exactly like our diversity. All different and colourful yet so unique! Our Malaysian food is a common emotional attachment we all share together." – Faye Lim, Co-Founder of The Rojak Projek.

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Materials

        Malaysian food around our residential area.

When we started, we used what we had. We sketched the portraits on A3 paper (We failed 5 times) and we slowly got better, some were created in A2 paper, we had packed food and a camera. Other materials we used were scissors, plates, plastic spoons, tooth picks, condensed milk (the best edible glue), a board that holds the artworks and chopsticks.

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Numbers of Artworks Made

 

60 types of Malaysian food created around our neighbourhood with the help of friends who brought back snacks from Sabah and Sarawak for us. Created in 2015 and shared on 1st January 2016.

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Time of completion


1 year

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We created our artworks in our own homes.
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Event (The Rojak Party)

We created our first event called, 'The Rojak Party' which started in March 2015. Working together with Co-Founder and photographer Jon Cool, we found 30 Malaysians who participated in the first Rojak Party where participants were photographed by Jonathan while being treated to – what else – rojak.
 

“It started out with just our friends. But the further we developed the project, the more friends we made and the bigger it grew. We strived to feature as many ethnicities – Malays, Indians, Chinese, Punjabis, Portuguese and Indian Muslims. A stroke of luck brought others into the project and we now have Orang Asli's (indigenous people) in the project as well as other ethnicities from East Malaysia.” – Faye Lim, Co-Founder
 

We mentioned to participants that we would be creating colourful artworks despite capturing their photographs in Black and White which symbolises the idea of unity being  'colour-blind'. Secretly behind the scenes, we were creating the concept of 'colour-embracing' through food which symbolises our range of cultures to be embraced!

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Questions we asked during our event

1) 'What is your favourite food that you can't live without?

Based on this question, we noticed our participants kept writing about each other's ethnic food.  We concluded a majority of young Malaysians deeply valued each other’s food!

When we met new people from East Malaysia, they gave us food names that we'd never heard of. It slowly dawned upon us that we didn't know anything about their background and culture.

2) What is your vision for Malaysia?

Towards the end of 2015, we decided to give meaningful context by asking, 'What is your vision for Malaysia?'. Each participant had the freedom of expressing their personal perspective. By 1st January 2016, we posted each artwork on Facebook along with their description of their vision for Malaysia, and it went viral! 

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Funding

 

We started with a small budget since it was a side project to experiment on.

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We travelled only in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor since we live in those states.
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Message

​‘Hungry for a Better Malaysia’

"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. But Malaysian food takes it to the next level and we Malaysians know it! Our food has always been the gesture of peace which allows us to sit, eat and enjoy each other's company despite our differences. It is our differences that makes us unique. These artworks are about showcasing not only the beauty in variety of Malaysian food but the message that our diversity is equally beautiful."

2016 - 2017
REDISCOVERING EACH OTHER

Idea

The idea was derived from the realization that after creating 60 artworks during Phase 1 (Vision for Malaysia), we weren't fully aware of all our food, which also meant that we didn't know about all our diverse people and their cultures. The beginning stages were focused on food, kuih and drinks. Then as we grew, we had sweets and snacks. Now it’s come to the point of discovering what else is out there and can we reach a target that big on our own? The answer is yes! We went on a quest to search for more Malaysian food which naturally led us to the people and culture. Hence the title, ‘Rediscovering Each Other’.

Based on what we created, we knew what we did could not represent the whole of Malaysia. So we decided to carry on with the experiment around Malaysia and only create 540 pieces of artwork, an amount we weren't sure we could reach. This was for Malaysia's 54th birthday on 16th September 2017.

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Malaysian food around Malaysia.

We had to pack light and be smart with how we would create our artwork. Everything we found that was dry and longer lasting was packed in our bags and anything we found that was perishable was bought, created within a day or two then eaten. We only needed to acquire condensed milk as we already had plastic spoons, boards to hold our artworks, a Gopro and a camera.

We focused mainly on two things, creating 540 pieces of artwork and filming a documentary of every element we could find that represents unity or rojak (mixes) around Malaysia.

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540 types of Malaysian food altogether for Malaysia’s 54th birthday on 16th September 1963. (60+480 = 540)

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1 very intense year and 6 months later, we set up TRP Creatives, an enterprise for the purpose of funding our journey.

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Location

We created our artworks in other homes around Malaysia. Seriously.. hahaha!

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Event (The Rojak Party)

The Rojak Party became a public event and was held consistently on the 16th of every month leading up to Malaysia Day to reinforce the idea of Malaysia, for all Malaysians. We wanted to quietly plant the idea that we were taking Malaysians ‘with us on a journey’ around Malaysia.

This was the moment we embarked on an eye-opening / awakening of our ignorance based on the questions we asked in our forms. Note that many of us had not known about the existence of Malaysia Day, formation of federation between Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore on 16th September 1963 as many of us here in Peninsular / Semenanjung or West Malaysia mostly celebrate Merdeka Day (31st August 1957). 

 

This was the moment when we had no idea that due to our lack of acknowledgement to Malaysia Day, it was a sign of not acknowledging the existence of others in Sabah and Sarawak.

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Questions we asked during our event

The information we gathered this time was interesting. We had forms to ask about their personal information (names, email, mobile) to asking questions like what is your ‘culture/ heritages’ instead of ‘race’.

When we looked at the names or faces, we were astonished that it did not match

their perceived race.

For example, when one looks and is thought to be Malay, we found that they are actually Chindian or Eurasian. A persons look really doesn’t reflect the identity of a person’s heritage or culture. 

 

We assumed that because we have a Muslim friend, he’s just Malay in Malaysia.

This was an important and surprising discovery we learnt through the Rojak Party!


Then when we assumed that this person is Malay obviously due to his name, nope! We were wrong again! They had a mix of heritages we’d never thought we'd notice!


When we met someone in Miri who was wearing a cross and had the name ‘bin’ and we thought ‘bin’ only represents Muslim. Nope. Wrong again.


Secondly, we noticed that there were cultures and heritages (Races) that we'd never heard of that were listed in our forms.

“Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Lumbawang, Lundayeh, Kadazandusun, etc..”

We’re like, what’s that?!

That became our slow process of realizing that, gosh, there are so many cultures out there that we have obviously not noticed in our country.

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Funding

We funded our journey through our ‘Rojak Party events’ and selling our ‘Hungry Mail’, a set of kuih postcards with a concept that as we travel around Malaysia, these postcards would travel around the world to promote unity. These postcards have been to Europe, parts of Greater Asia and Australia.

Note that we tried to approach many companies who believe in unity but many ignored us with disbelief and a poor mentality that ‘unity’ relates to politics and we don’t want to be included in that, but in reality, we were focusing on the people. We pushed forward nonetheless.

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Travel / Accomodation

Despite to our lack of funding, we continued and came out of our comfort zones to travel all around Malaysia. We didn't cover the entirety due to our time and budget but through the help of old and new friends and family, strangers and the kindness of the public, we managed to make it to every State. We stayed in their respective homes / kampungs in our short time to film our documentary and to create our artworks. It was truly a beautiful and blessed feeling to know how many people on grassroot level helped us throughout our journey.

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Message
 

'Malaysia tak sama, kalau kita tak bersama'
(Malaysia is never the same if we are not together).

 

"This is not about food art. This is conceptual work, portraying the story of a few young Malaysians who went on a journey around Malaysia to rediscover our diverse people and culture. A journey that aims to transform the idea of being colour-blind to colour-embracing, in a time where the call for unity has never been more profound. In their travels they found that we are all 'Rojak' (mixed) that speaks about the beauty and diversity of our country and identity. They realized that after almost 60 years since Malaysia was formed, Malaysians are still ignorant about the many other people and cultures in their own land."

2018 & BEYOND...
OUR CONCLUSION:
 IT's TIME TO BRIDGE THE GAP


1) IT’S OKAY TO QUESTION THE INCLUSIVENESS OF THE GOVERNING SYSTEM


Being the first in Malaysia and in the world to do something strangely new in order to understand other cultures better, we never thought we could finally open our eyes to say, “We want to know our people better!”

For those who are unfamiliar with Malaysian governing system,
We have four categories to fit our identity:

* Malay
* Chinese
* Indian
* Lain-lain (Others)

So what is ‘lain-lain’ (others)?
Who are the ‘lain-lain’ in our country?
 
This segregation system is an outdated British tactic that has caused us to be very self-centered and ignorant despite still being able to be integrated as a nation. It can be said that it has been one of the leading factors from preventing us to be a united country.

Not to mention, in the earlier days, unity was advertised by showing 3 races (Malay, Chinese, Indian) sitting or standing together. After many years, they added two more (Iban and Kadazan)… For us, we decided to show as many races as possible in our artworks and put them together. We have colours beyond all measure and a uniqueness like no other and together, we are strong and beautiful.

For the longest time we have never taken effort into caring that much and we believe that this journey belongs to all Malaysians. We believe it's time to just be, Malaysians’.

If one observes all the artworks, we are sure that it'd be hard for you to determine all the races portrayed because many Malaysians are of mixed heritage. In the end, we hope many will see that this Malaysian food represents Malaysian people. That’s the true identity of a Malaysian.



2) IT’S TIME TO TRULY REDISCOVER EACH OTHER

People say it's normal to not know your country but we, The Rojak Projek believe that we should know our people and country like the back of our hands. The more we learn, the more we understand and grow in bond.

This journey has been the most challenging one for us but it requires effort as this is truly the next step for a nation building project. We need to make an effort to better integrate everyone together because we cannot follow the 'old ways' of the segregating 'divide and conquer' concept. 

We hope that this case study and journey, though imperfect, is able to pave a way and inspire others to do better than us and to take on and carry the responsibility of bridging the gap moving forward. 

This was our first step in trying to bring awareness and to bridge that gap.

3) REDEFINE WHAT MALAYSIA IS ALL ABOUT (BACK TO Q1)

What is our identity as Malaysians?
Are we really just a 'Malay, Chinese, Indian' society? What is 'lain-lain' (others)? 

What about those who are of 'rojak' (mixed) heritage? Being Malaysians, we have such a 'rojak' culture with such diverse backgrounds.

Why is it for many years we (from West Malaysia) do not know much about East Malaysia? Why was there no bridge to have information like news and reports about them? 

Are they (East Malaysia) not our brothers and sisters too? 

 


BEING MALAYSIAN to us now means it is a privilege to know more than our own culture and to defend others around us as a family.

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 MALAYSIA means ALL OF US, together.
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The ultimate aim is to break ignorance and allow our nation to know each other better. 

So, is food the only cultural gateway? No. For Malaysia, it’s the best lah!

Ask yourself in areas like our Malaysian diversity, people, culture, language, music, arts... What are they? 


MUSIC |  What is the true sound or music of Malaysia? Instruments like ‘Sape’ is mostly from Borneo. That has it’s own identity. What is our Malaysian instrument and identity?

LANGUAGE | Is 'Bahasa Malaysia' about really learning about, 'Malay and English? What about Sign language? Why not be a nation that encourages many languages? Woah! Our children will be excellent in communication and business in the future. Well, are we not like not like any other country in this world? At that rate, no one can ‘bad mouth’ anybody! Hahaha!

It must be easy access as we know many Malaysians don't have all the chance in the world to travel too.


The most important thing is to bridge that gap in our country NEVER allowing others to stop our friendship and love for one another and know that there is SO MUCH STRENGTH in being Malaysian when we work together.
 

Sincerely,

The Rojak Projek (2018)

 
 

PHASE 2:

CREDITS

PERLIS 
Esther Chit , Yap Chui Ping, Cikgu Azizah, Cikgu Salmiah and Sister Fern 
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TERENGGANU 
Alex Lee, Mohd Saufian Othman and Awang Ketut 
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JOHOR 
Arnold Dev Louis, Louis Mudiappan, C.Kasthuri, Lennon Sarkunam, Jacqueline Hannah and Esther Seow Yeen Chin 
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PENANG
Chin Eng, Vinnitha Vennoo, Vimala Vennoo, Josephine Ramasamy, William Dungal, Sam Chanalsamy and Peter Anthony 
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PERAK
Philip Hactor Leslie Claude La Brooy, Nora Lourdes Olpindo La Brooy, Matthew James La Brooy and Hilda Khor 
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PAHANG
Uncle Fauzi Abdul Rahman, Jon Cool, Jagjeet Singh and Amanjeet Singh 
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SARAWAK 
Anderson Kalang, Kalang Muthu, Supang Tagong, Ranson Ballan, Tepu' Sara' Mulang, Tepu' Bang Tapan, Patrick Gia Parir, Shandica Rajalie, Robert Chee from Bario Highland Country Cottage, Victor Lam Hin Choong and Alias Bon from Rumah Alias Bon Sungai Manong
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SABAH
Desonny Tuzan, Debra Leong, Philip Golongai, Cikgu Yu, Deborah Lawrence Aduk, Lawrence Aduk, Mary Golingi, Athena Nestor Thomas, Su Ji Lin Udoi, Yatie Assrya, and Anne Antah from Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum
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KEDAH 
Ken Lim and Jackie Loo 
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KELANTAN 
Rachel Lee Ju Wei, Lee Choon Geok, Choo Joo Yee, Wee Shin Hong, and 

Angel Zishan 
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MALACCA 
Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye), Lim Fuan Eng, and Han Siew Hean
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NEGERI SEMBILAN 
Abby Foo, Foo Ah Siong, Chong Yoke Hing and Mrs Siva
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Music by 
"Buluh Meruked" - Hezekiah Asim and 
"Through My Window" - Bunkface! 

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CONCEPTUAL ARTIST

Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye)

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ART DIRECTION & TEAM LEAD

Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye), Rachel Lee Ju Wei and Jon Cool
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ARTWORK KULI'S
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Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye), Rachel Lee Ju Wei, Joselyn Chong, Jagjeet Singh, Tabitha Xavier, Ahmad Faliq Fauzi, Gloria Chieng, Sarah Lee Ai Wei, Guan Chen, Esther Chiah, Kimberly Yong, Sarah Anne Yong, Han Lim, Elizabeth Hui Clark, Emily Hui Clark, Denise Ng, Sarah Clark, and Anderson Kalang.
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PS: All food were, eaten, packed, documented, delivered to bless others and 'whacked' by us... causing us to gain terrible weight for the entire year!!!
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ARTWORK EDITING
Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye), Joseph Chong, Jagjeet Singh, and Shateesh Nganasekaran

 

CONTENT EDITING FOR THIS WEB PAGE

Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye) and Matthew James La Brooy
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COpy EDITING FOR THIS WEB PAGE

Matthew James La Brooy and Victor Lam Hin Choong

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WEB DESIGN

Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye)

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DOCUMENTARY VIDEO EDITING

Jon Cool

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SUBTITLE

Tabitha Xavier, Lim Sheng Feiyan (Faye), Rachel Lee Ju Wei , Jon Cool, 
Nor Atiqah Mohd Zaini, Dr. Muhammad Daniel Azlan Mahadzir and
Kimberly Yong Zhi Yi

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Movimento Productions

Jon Cool, Eddie Kum, Ken Lim, Joseph Chong, and Norman Syah Mohd Noer 

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TRP Creatives 

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Special thanks to:
Projek57
SAY Ignite 2017
And to all our family, friends and new friends who supported us in this journey

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