World 189

In World 189, the Malay community established a new Sultanate as a standard against the rapid modernisation that Singapore was undergoing following its independence in 1965. The mandate of the new King, a descendant of Iskandar Shah, was to restore the once-celebrated Malay culture and values. The four values of kampung spirit, respectfulness, loyalty and graciousness became cornerstones of this new Sultanate.

Soon, there was a renaissance of Malay arts, architecture, cuisine, and fashion. By the 2020s, people from around the world began to appreciate the richness and beauty of the Sultanate’s cultural heritage which became the very definition of luxury.

What if …

the Malay community in Singapore established a new Sultanate on Sentosa Island in the late 1960s as a standard against rapid modernization?

Issue targeted:

our project seeks to respark a linkage to one’s heritage in a society of modernisation


wet plate photography, Malay architecture, Kampung Spirit – Togetherness

This World was contributed by Rynna Shazrina, Kristy Wang, Zulaiqha and Derrick Yeo (located in Singapore) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

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