Photo: Kampung Morten struggles on surrounded by skyscrapers.

Kampung Morten

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On a bend in the Melaka River, enclosed by ever sky-reaching buildings, the tiny Malay village of Kampung Morten is an anachronism.

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Ironically, increasing urbanisation was the reason the village was established in the early 1920s, when the development of a market in nearby Kampung Jawa forced the residents to look for a new home. The swampy plot filled with mud crabs by the river was up for grabs, but the 10,000 straits dollars asking price was a prohibitively high sum for the villagers. The village head approached the British Land Commissioner, Frederick Joseph Morten, who helped secure a loan and the area was subdivided into 100 affordable plots. In recognition of his assistance, the villages voted to name the new kampung after the Commissioner.

Kampung Morten's traditional wooden homes have been lovingly maintained. Photo taken in or around Kampung Morten, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Kampung Morten's traditional wooden homes have been lovingly maintained. Photo: Sally Arnold

As the surrounding streets and villages changed from colonial to Malay names, the residents of Kampung Morten refused to alter theirs, remaining loyal to the man who had helped establish their ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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