FOUR companies made bulk purchases of the book Penang’s History, My Story by Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, to be given to public libraries and school libraries.
They are Eastern and Oriental Berhad (E&O) which bought 500 copies, Ivory Properties Group Berhad which bought 250 copies, and 1881 Chong Tian Hotel and Lunarich Pizza and Pasta which jointly bought 200 copies.
The book, which is filled with personal anecdotes and factual gems about the history of Penang, was officially released on Friday.
E&O Group corporate strategy director Lyn Chai presented a copy of the book to Wong, who is also The Star managing director and chief executive officer, in a simple ceremony at E&O Hotel in Penang the same day as a symbolic gesture of the company’s contribution.
Ivory Associates Sdn Bhd director Ron Loh, 1881 Chong Tian Hotel managing director Seah Kok Heng and Lunarich Pizza and Pasta director Edward Ang presented a copy each to The Star senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh at the ceremony.
The Star’s Circulation Department will distribute the books to the selected public libraries and school libraries.
Chai said E&O was delighted to sponsor the book which also featured the E&O hotel, a significant landmark in Penang.
“It is really apt for the book launch to be held at this hotel. We are very happy to be the venue sponsor,” she said.
Chai said the book was educational, especially to those who are not from Penang.
“It explains why Penangites are so passionate about their home state due to the rich history,” she added.
Loh said Ivory immediately agreed to the sponsorship upon learning about the good cause.
He said the book would be interesting and educational, especially for schoolchildren.
“It will surely help the people to pass on the stories from one generation to another,” he said, adding that Ivory was committed to promoting the state’s rich history since it is a Penang-based developer.
Seah said the book would surely stir interest among the public, especially those who were keen to know about Penang’s past.
“We are confident that many people would love to read this book. I believe it will even lure local and foreign tourists who would want to explore the state that is full of cultural diversity and tangible heritage,” he said.
Ang said the book provided insightful information about Penang.
He said the book was also inspiring and highly entertaining.