The Story Of Kam Agong

by Lawrence Jayaraj, Agnes Padan & Wong Chin Hor

  • Date24 November 2019
  • Time3:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Location1st Floor


Agnes Padan journeys back to her village in Long Semadoh, Sarawak, to piece together what happened to her mother, Kam Agong who suffered an agonising death during childbirth 16 years ago. The story that unravels is that of the poor state of maternity healthcare in rural Sarawak.

Be sure to stay as Lawrence, Agnes and Chin Hor will be present for post-film Q&A!

Director Bio

Lawrence Jayaraj was born in Telok Anson, Perak and began activism at the age of 17. In 2003, Lawrence, together with his wife, Agnes filed a medical negligence suit against the Government Hospital and its doctors over the death of Agnes's mother, Kam Agong. Together, husband and wife have been campaigning for the Lawas District Hospital and ensuring proper healthcare for poor Sarawakians.

Agnes Padan was born in Long Semadoh, Lawas Sarawak and is the eldest daughter. In 2002, she lost her mother, Kam Agong following postpartum complications, leaving her to care for her 7 siblings and her father. Since 2002, Agnes has campaigned for better healthcare access and maternal healthcare in rural Sarawak. Agnes has also been appointed as a ROSE (Removing Obstacles to Cervical Screening) ambassador for Sarawak. Recently, Agnes has decided to contest in the upcoming Sarawak Election to champion maternal healthcare as constitutional and basic human right of every woman.

Wong Chin Hor is an award-winning cinematographer who has covered stories that have aired on major international networks – National Geographic Channel, BBC, Discovery Channel, Channel News Asia, Nat Geo Wild, and the History Channel, to name a few. Chin Hor is a full member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), and Malaysian Documentary Association (MyDocs). In 2017, he won the Gold Award from ACS for the category 'Advertising International' with a piece called 'A Beautiful Affair', and a Silver Award for his work on Nat Geo Wild’s 'Ten Deadliest Snakes: Middle East'.