Category Archives: Penang’s History, My Story

The first low-cost high-rise flats built in the country were in Penang

Big complex: There are nine blocks spread over 16.7ha with 3,888 units THE Rifle Range Flats is one of the most densely populated areas in Penang. Penangites can tell you if you choose to park your car near the flats […] Continue Reading

Visionary head of great school remembered

In remembrance: A residential neighbourhood, located just next to the school, has been rightly named Taman David Chen in his honour. THE screaming headline on the front page of The Straits Times on Feb 5, 1952 was “Gunman Kills Principal […] Continue Reading

Penang’s greatest mogul

The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion won Unesco's 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award in 2000. – filepic From harbouring revolutionaries to founding schools, Cheong Fatt  Tze made his mark on history. THE Cheong Fatt Tze mansion sits opposite my alma mater, […] Continue Reading

Legendary plague fighter

DR WU Lien Teh is certainly one of the most distinguished Penangites of all time. He was the first medical student of Chinese descent to study at the University of Cambridge and also the first Malaysian Chinese to be nominated […] Continue Reading

Earliest Malay settlement in Penang

Changing landscape: The original Kampung Batu Uban is overshadowed by new condominiums and apartments being built in the area. ANYONE driving towards the Bayan Lepas International Airport is unlikely to miss the Batu Uban village but most of us would […] Continue Reading

Foo Tye Sin a rarity among Penang elites

Foo: He was one of the three Chinese commissioners appointed by the British to sit on the inquiry board to look into the 1867 Penang Riots.— filepi FOO Tye Sin was a remarkable man. The Chinese community leader was a […] Continue Reading

George Town’s first mayor a fiery man

The educator: Ramanathan in his office in 1963. – Photo courtesy of MBS Heritage Centre PENANG, or more specifically George Town, still does not have a mayor or Datuk Bandar although it has long attained the status of a recognised […] Continue Reading

Powerful ties that bind two nations

Well-connected: Kittiratt Na-Ranong launching the House of Ranong signboard at the Esplanade in May. The deputy prime minister and finance minister for Thailand is a direct descendant of Sim Bee’s older brother, Sim Kong. THE distance between Penang and Hatyai, […] Continue Reading

Farlim, the old tai kor’s place

Almost all those in Farlim live in high-rise flats. The township that is home to Air Itam’s high-rise flats is steeped in history. LOOKING at the skyline of Bandar Baru Air Itam or more popularly known as Farlim among Penangites, […] Continue Reading

Grand Old Man of Penang

Yeap family home: The Homestead in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang in 1984. A SERIES on the roads of Penang would not be complete, even considered unjust, without the mention of Jalan Yeap Chor Ee. Yeap was known as The […] Continue Reading