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.