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MALACCA: Hong Kong is keen to research the history of macheh, a group of domestic helpers who arrived on our shores long before maids from Indonesia and Cambodia.
A research fellow from University of Shanghai in Fudan, China, was commissioned by the Hong Kong government to research and compile records about the history ofmacheh in Malaysia.
The macheh from southern China were brought in for affluent Chinese households in Malaya then.
The research fellow Thong Meng Wei, who is a Malaysian, was here recently to complete the task with help from Ng Yap Wei Kun Association of Malacca to locate ancestral tablets as well as graveyards of the macheh as part of her research.
“The Hong Kong government has given my university a grant to do this research in South-East Asia in order for them to publish a book about the macheh,” she said.
President of Ng Yap Wei Kun association, Mak Chee Kin, said his association members will give full cooperation to Thong.
“As the macheh were of Cantonese origin, they are significant to our ancestry both historically and culturally.
“We are honoured to be able to contribute and assist Thong in her research,” added Mak.