The Story of Kampung Baru Sungai Nipah

Cease to struggle and you cease to live.

20 years ago, a merciless virus brought upon a disaster to Chuah area, reaping over a hundred lives, crumpling the swine farming industry in Bukit Pelandok, which used to be the largest swine farm in Southeast Asia, and the neighbouring Kampung Baru Sungai Nipah. The Nipah virus outbreak caused a massive shock, and the whole nation was thrown into panic. The government then declared curfews, evacuated villagers from the stricken region, as well as began the greatest pigs culling movement in order to contain the disease. This rewrote the future plans of almost 80% of Kampung Baru Sungai Nipah villagers who relied on swine farming to make a living, as they lost their source of income, dealing with a heavy blow.

20 years later, the virus outbreak may have changed the appearance of Kampung Baru Sungai Nipah, however it did not break the tenacious wrestling spirits of the villagers, who are unyielding, eventually transforming the village to develop in other industries such as plantation and tourism. Under the cooperation from the village committee and villagers, sprouting new vitality into the rustic village of Kampung Baru Sungai Nipah, for instance winning runner-up in the national most beautifully decorated new village contest, and the first village in Malaysia to name its roads in Chinese characters after local fruits, and the establishment of Sungai Nipah Time Tunnel Museum, recording the building history of Kampung Baru Sungai Nipah as well as the Nipah virus outbreak.

A calamity which destroyed a peaceful and prosperous village, and caused the villagers to suffer both physically and mentally where bystanders would not be able to comprehend. Even so, being optimistic, and having faith that the sun will shine after the rain, the skies remain blue, and a rainbow will appear across the sky, a multicoloured arc.

Text: Daniel Lim & Pua Hui Wen

有你 UNI Production
Producer : Mok Yii Chek
Coordinator : Daniel Lim
Cinematographer : Amelia Lim / Evon Pang
Drone : Daniel Lim
Video Editor : Evon Pang
Production Assistant : Michael Lerk
Music : Piano Ambient – Ashmaluev from Youtube


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