Category Archives: Penang’s History, My Story

Jelutong: Home to a thriving coastal village

Penangites regard Jelutong as a main road to the Jelutong suburb. — Zhafaran Nasib / The Star TO THE Penangites of today, Jelutong is simply a main road to the Jelutong suburb. It is also simply the expressway connecting George […] Continue Reading

Remembering Tunku

Loving family: Tunku Abdul Rahman with his family.On the left is Sharifah Intan. IT WOULD surely not be appropriate if a series on the streets of Penang and the origins of the names does not include the first Prime Minister […] Continue Reading

Zainul Abidin and his family are illustrious names in Penang’s history

Zainul was an old boy of Penang Free School and had his education there until Senior Cambridge. He then went on to teach at the school for 20 years. — filepic HAJI S.M. Zainul Abidin, of which Jalan Zainal Abidin […] Continue Reading

Roaring times in old Air Itam

Sikh guards looking at the two remaining buildings – a pawn shop and a police station – which survived the Great Fire of 1935 in Ayer Itam. VERY few Penangites, I am sure, are aware that Air Itam used to […] Continue Reading

The bishop and the French connection

A part of state’s vibrant commercial district: Bishop Street, or Lebuh Bishop, as it is today. BISHOP Street is today regarded as just another link road leading to busy Beach Street, which is part of the state’s vibrant financial and […] Continue Reading

Missionary couple’s contributions are well-recorded in Penang

The newly refurbished church in Farquhar Street is one of the country’s 50 national treasures. IT IS easily the most beautiful church in Penang but more than that, St George’s Church, which was built in 1816, is the oldest Anglican […] Continue Reading

He was the people’s Choy-ce

Undefeated: Choy celebrating after being the only Independent candidate to retain his seat (Pengkalan Kota) in the 1978 election JALAN C.Y.CHOY IF THERE is one thing that Penangites are noted for, it has to be their independent streak. Penang remains […] Continue Reading

Zipping in and out of George Town

Hop On: The tram was a way for locals to get around George Town. IT IS a fact that public transport is crying out for attention in Penang, as the roads get more jammed with cars, especially during weekends and […] Continue Reading

Life’s a beach in Penang

Fun times: (Clockwise from left) The writer at two with his mother Yeoh Poh Choo and father Wong Soon Cheong at Batu Maung. IT IS hard to explain to someone outside Penang, especially those staying in the Klang Valley, how […] Continue Reading

Jalan Yahudi to Jalan Zainal Abidin — the real Zainal

A colourfu l life: The late S.M. Zainul Abidin was a judo champion when he was still teaching and his grandchildren always gathered around to celebrate his birthday. The photos are reproduced from the book, Pengkisahan Riwayat Hidup Haji S.M. […] Continue Reading