Sale of MP's paintings to help Pertapis
The Straits Times
| Nov 4, 1997
By: Elaine Lo
PAINTINGS by a local painter and MP are helping
to raise funds for a new halfway house for drug addicts.
Seven of the 17 paintings that were donated to Pertapis by Mr Peh
Chin Hua, 49, MP for Jalan Besar GRC, have already been sold or
auctioned off for $85,000. The 10 other paintings were exhibited
at the Singgahsana Hall in the Malay Village on Saturday, and are
now on sale at a minimum price of $5,000 each. Pertapis needs about
$150,000 for its new halfway house.
Mr Peh said he prefers to paint bougainvillea,
unlike most Chinese brush painters who prefer traditional flowers
such as the plum blossom.
"Bougainvillea grow better when there is
more sunlight and less water," he said. "This reminds
me that I must do my best to fight and survive even when I am in
a difficult environment."
His painting for charity started in 1989 when
he promised the Geylang West Community Centre that he would produce
100 paintings to help with its fund-raising. He had a few regrets
about making that promise, he said, but, in the end, he did manage
to deliver the 100 paintings.