Sounds of Livelihoods

Touching the hearts of listeners without melodious tunes, reticent amid chaos, living a peaceful life. Be it in forests and fields, on rivers and oceans, or in the streets and lanes, they could be found addressing various needs of the people with their expertise; selflessly contributing to the living environment, family, and society. These diligent tradespeople, through quality products or exceptional service full of human touch, pass on the legacy of cultural heritage. 

Forefathers who emigrated to Malaysia in the early days experienced a long period of scarce resources and poor standards of living, most of them making a living by land cultivation or handicraft. Despite harsh conditions, they trudged on without slacking instead of retreating in fear. Some of them developed a passion for the industry under constant influence, and continue to carry forward the spirit; some of them inherited expertise from the previous generation, preserving the quality and passing on the skills; some of them adapt to times transformation, thinking out of the box to pursue innovative ways.

In the ever-changing present lifestyle, most people value speed and convenience, subsequently some industries are facing a dilemma, especially tedious work performed under difficult situations. Younger generations are less interested in traditional handiwork, unwilling to take on dull work or skills that are less profitable, causing some traditions and culture to be nearly extinct after centuries of inheritance. Tradespeople who dedicated the better part of their lives to their work inevitably feel worried about the probable loss of heritage.

Trickling streams merge into rivers and oceans, each drop of laborious sweat may seem insignificant, yet full of vigour. Relentlessly abiding by their duties, they undertake the responsibility of cultural transmission. Together we listen and stand witness to these arduous trails.

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 : Amelia Lim
Production Assistant : Michael Lerk
Copywriter : Daniel Lim
Music : Jamesvmusic


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