Page 7 article text (OCR)
~JT)W TT1 A fjr JKLLAlv Vlrflnl* Malacca-Forgotten by Portugal, ' r ' Poor to See Beyond Today f leftover* ? '.n an oriental colonisation, and Visit with these men in an Asian sea. arc a By Mart Rosenblnm MALACCA, Malaysia-^)The Portuguese left town 330 years ago and a dirt poor bu proud little community is stl wondering what happens next "They just dumped us here says 27-year-old Bernard Santa maria, a state legislator whose district includes sand fishermen Sears Is YOUR Home It's Costing YOU Money Tin* Wcrk Only Coldspot Dehumidifier Removes up to 11 Pints of Moisture Every 24 Hours Scar- low pri'i' 3911 Â· Only 12 inches wide- fits easily in any room Â· Operates by *imple manual control; UL lifted Use. Sears Easy Payment Plan SHOP AT SEARS AND SAVE Satisfaction. Guaranteed or Your Money Back SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. Phoneim-ITi I on, W. Va. several thou- and laborers who still call themselves Portu guese. They are Catholics in a Moslem state, confined by inertia and circumstance to ghettos at the edge of town. Malacca's Portuguese face a bleak future. Some have done well, but most haven't. They descend from the first Europeans to settle this picturesque port on the Malacca Straits. During the Portuguese icyday, here were 14 parishes, seven churches and two monasteries. When the Dutch took over in 1641, many Portuguese stayed )ehind despite religious persecution and hard times. The British pushed in 150 years later. Ma- aysia became independent in 1957. Now, the original families lave all intermarried with Chinese, Indians and other Eurasians. They speak Christao--a curious form of archaic Portuguese pidgin which linguists still ind dn Ceylon and the Caribbean. Their only real link to Portugal is Father Miguel Pintado, a priest from Bragnanca who has spent 23 years here. A few students were sent to Portugal to bring back old- country spirit, but it just didn't work. I think we should petition Portugal for help. . .that ought frighten Franco. . no, who's lat chap now, Salazar," said ne community spokesman, re- ealing a shaky grasp of Iberian realities. One spokesman said he was told of an organization in Portugal which looks after former colonies. "But," he adds ruefully, "we neglected to get the address. . ." Some leaders, saying that four centuries of residence count for something, are pushing for group recognition as "Bumipu tras." That status, meaning "sons of the soil," is reserved for Malays and certain indigenous tribes. Failing that, the leaders say, they face discrimination in jobs, educational opportunities, government programs and loans. A PORTUGUESE CULTURAL society, which organizes festi- vala and shows, has managed to keep a common feeling alive. Those who know the community say the society has done wonders. But the problems are im- Mine Safety Academy Work Begun BECKLEY, W. Va. (AP) Ground was broken here Saturday for a new $13.5 million federal Mine Health and Safety Academy, which will offer training for about 600 federal, state and industry inspectors in coal and other mining industries. "The academy will play a vital role in helping to eliminate catastrophes in our nation's mines," Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said. Also appearing during the rain-sodden ceremony were Sen Jennings Randolph, Rep. Ken Hechler. Rep. James Kee, Assistant Secretary of the Interior Hollis M. Dole and U.S. Bureau of Mines Director Elburt Osborn. Gov. Moore in a statement released from his office in Charleston, said tiie facility would provide a "direct economic boost" to the region. "But beyond that," Moore said, "the academy promises even greater benefits for the public at large, by making coal mining safer, by helping to combat air pollution, and by bringing coal to even greater prominence in our nation's energy picture." Fayette Book Stops Listed FAYETTEVTLLE--The Fay- jette County bookmobile will vis- 'it these communities this week: | Monday--no run i Tuesday--Powellton, 10 to 110:45 a.m.; Kimberly, 11 to 11:45 a.m.; Deepwater, noon to ! 12:30 p.m.; Robson, Mulberry |P. 0., 1 to 1:30 p.m.; Beards (Fork. 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. | Wednesday -- Rosedale, 111 | a.m. to noon. I Thursday--Boomer, 10 a.m. to inoon; Charlton Heights, 12:30 to |2 p.m.; Falls View, 2:10 to 3 'p.m. Friday -- Lansing, noon to 2 p.m. Boosters to Meet \ The Nitro High School Athtet- ics Booster Club will meet at 7' ip.m. Monday at the high school! cafeteria. mense. On the San Pedro festival, for example, fishermen must be reimbursed for lost catches so they will present their boats, painted and aflame with candles, for the traditional blessing. We have to collect donations for the fishermen or they won't come," says Mabel de Mello, a ravishing Eurasian with Portuguese features who is the society secretary. "What can we do?" That touches at the heart of whats wrong, sociologists say: Most Malacca Portguese are too poor to see beyond their immediate needs. Pollution and overfishing have cut deeply into their never-rich catches, forcing many to fish part-time and seek odd jobs where they can. Many parents, discouraged by seeing well-educated neighbors out of work, pull their own children out of school at an early age. Others couldn't af- "ord the uniforms and books anyway. Families often gamble their scant earnings, playing racket- controlled n u m b e r s games, much like those in poor areas of he United States. "They figure, what if there are no fish tomorrow--this way I might win nine U.S. dollars," Santamaria says. The government has tried to help. In one program, it sent young clams to seed beds offshore and supplement the usual catch of shrimp and small fish. The hungry fishermen ate the clams. FISHERMAN, MOTHER SHARE FRUGAL BREAKFAST Among Malacca's Poor, Proud, Inert Settlers CITY NATIONAL BANK IS... PEOPLE WITH iMTHUSIASM This is the third in a new series on the personnel of the City National Bank. It. is published in keeping with our thought that a b a n k is a great deal more than a place where checks are cashed, deposits made^ or other financial transactions take place. R a t h e r , a bank is the people who operate it. It is to have you meet the people at the City National Bank that this series is being published. James L. Burns President When you enter thÂ« Note Department of The City National Bank, you will be greeted by one of the most friendly, capable note tellers that any bank could have. She is Mrs. Dorotha Martin, affectionately referred to as "Dottie." Dottie has been with the bank since 1958 and has over 14 years of banking experience. Dottie is married to Alvin U. Martin.. The Martins have six children. Three are married: Mrs. Elaine Fierbaugh, Mrs. Annette Wolfe, Mrs. Nancy Roberts. Three are at home and they are Brenda, Brooks and Thomas. They have two grandchildren, Dawn and April; Dottie is a member of the local Chapter of the American Institute of Banking and has attended numerous classes. She is a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Order of the Eastern Star and White Shrine. Dottie is also active in the PTA.' She invites you to use the full financial services of The City National Bank. Sears One Coat Ho Chalk Hon- Â«Â»Â»Â»Â«Â« beiuW ,!Â·Â«''Â·" i] TRIMPAI ttpgirti hi Wood and TWO 6ALI] YOUR CHOICE 3 WAYS One Coat "Staining Â·Yellowing 'AINT 4 Â£Â»Â«fev.; m y --fcil 2 GALLON( A\ 3 WAYS Non One Coat Non- Staining Yellowing, One Coal , to*' Â·'* 30006 DAYS ONLY AVAILABLE WHITE ONL IN TRIM Dripless, Washable Latex Flat Paint on fnr smoothly, easily and it? rlriplrs? npatcr. fij-'ior decorating. One coat covers moat colors. Tools and hands corne clean fast, with soapy water. Dries in Vi hr. Free of lead hazards. Regular $5.49 444 -1HL C A T TOM SHOP AT SEARS AND SAVE 'Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back Sears SlAÂ»S, HOIBUCK AND CO. Â· 200 Kananha Blvd. Â· Charleston, W. Va. phone 344-171] Â· Store Hours Â· Monday thru Saturdav 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.