When Rajindar Singh worked as a medical assistant* in charge of the treatment room of Camp 1 in Pulau Jerejak in the mid-1960s, he spotted a solitary full-grown coconut tree growing in the premises and wondered who had planted...
St Michael's Institution in Ipoh in the late 1940s, just a few years after the Japanese had occupied the school during the Second World War. Thanks to blog reader Lee Kam Choon, now in his eighties, for sending this...
The UK National Archives has put on public display a memorandum dated 21 February 1956 by the UK 'Secretary of State for the Colonies' on the 'Conference of the Constitutional Advance of Malaya'. From the memo, you can sense the...
According to the MPSP president, Province Wellesley is still the gazetted name of mainland Penang though the council itself is known as Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP). When formal documents are required, the Malay text uses Seberang Perai while...
Today marks 50 years of the ISA's existence. That's fifty dark years. It's time for the ISA to go. In 1960, D R Seenivasagam accurately predicted what would happen when the ISA bill was tabled. Rising to debate the Internal Security...
The Kampung Buah Pala land in Gelugor was once owned by David Brown, a wealthy spice plantation owner during the early British colonial era in Penang who died in 1825. Title to the land eventually reached one of his descendants,...
The ruins of dormitories and leper homes, old reservoirs and undergound chambers, places of worship, jail cells, even a courtroom add an eerie touch to the island's natural greenery that should be preserved as a state treasure for Penang. I...
A rare photo of Batu Ferringhi circa 1920. Quite different from today, no. Any idea which part of Batu Ferringhi this is? Blog visitor tunglang recalls this place: The road looks no wider than two bullock carts widths. How the bulls...
Tunglang takes us on another journey to the past in old George Town, Penang, this time recalling the street performances put up by Chinese medicine men in Magazine Circus in the 1960s. I am reminiscing about the good old...
Update (7 December 2012): After this article appeared in The Herald in April 2011, plans to demolish this heritage building Church of the Nativity, Butterworth were quietly put on hold. Now talk has surfaced in the parish about demolishing...

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