Kuah Leong Chuan, probably the last granite tombstone maker in the country, chisels out each grave marker by hand and inscribes the customer’s name in Jawi.
Kuah Leong Chuan chisels out granite tombstones for customers at his workstation: a makeshift hut in Kuala Selangor.
Each tombstone can take three to four days to prepare.
Not only does Kuah sculpt the tombstones, he writes the names of the deceased in Jawi.
Kuah works in his hut every day, from 8am to 6pm.
It's not easy – completing each order takes diligence and manual strength.
Kuah's tools of trade: the diamond-pointed chisels he uses to sculpt each tombstone.
Kuah measures each tombstone according to the customer's order.
Kuah's skill in Jawi calligraphy is evident on every stone.
It took him about an hour to complete this plaque.
The finished tombstones are lined up in neat rows according to size.
Kuah bikes to work, leaving for home at 6pm each day.
At 63, Kuah is the last granite tombstone maker in Malaysia. He has no children to continue his legacy.
Kuah's tombstones can be seen in Muslim cemeteries in Kuala Selangor and throughout the country.