30 Jun '12, 1am

How Hidayah lost the tree of her birth

How Hidayah lost the tree of her birth

In 1972, a mango tree was planted by Hidayah Amin’s grandmother at Gedung Kuning (Yellow Mansion) to commemorate her birth. In 1989, the area was gazzeted a conservation area and the building acquired by the state in 1999. Restored to be part of the Malay Heritage Centre, Gedung Kuning was host to a restaurant, ‘Tepak Sireh ‘. Photo of Gedung Kuning by linkway88, you can see the mango tree on the right. In April this year, it was announced that The Expansion Group would be revamping the building and later that they will open a restaurant called ‘Mamanda’ in July ‘with authentic Malay food and traditional cultural performances such as silat and folk dance. ‘ Hidayah’s mango tree was too young to be protected a nomination under the NParks’ Heritage Tree programme Last Saturday, the healthy mango tree was cut down. Two days later, Hidayah was informed by email about a decisio...

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