This Chinese Uncle In Kuala Selangor Has Been Making Muslim Tombstones For Over 40 Years
For over 40 years, Kuah Leong Chuan has been making granite tombstones for Muslim clients
Based in Kuala Selangor, Kuah uses the traditional method of carving tombstones out of granite blocks by hand
The 64-year-old hand-paints Jawi calligraphy and Quranic verses on the tombstone
Other information that goes on the gravestone includes the deceased's name, birth date, and death date.
It takes him about an hour to engrave the information on a carved tombstone before it's ready for his clients.
Kuah might be one of the last granite tombstone makers in the country
He explained to Bernama that he is the fifth generation of tombstone makers in his family.
"This is a business that has been passed through generations. My ancestors originally carved Chinese tombstones, but switched to making Muslim ones as there are more Muslim clients here," he shared.
Unfortunately, he doesn't think he will be passing on the knowledge to his children as they seem to be less interested.
He told Malay Mail, "No one, not even my children, want to continue doing this. Back then it was different as there was not much else to do."