Bujang Valley, one of several Indianised kingdoms in Southeast Asia, existed long before neighbouring empires such as Majapahit (1200 AD) and Sri Vijaya (700 AD). [googlemaps https://maps.google.com.my/maps?q=bujang+valley&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=bujang+valley&hnear=&t=h&cid=2837284899388969832&ll=5.949363,100.395813&spn=1.365862,1.373291&z=9&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=500&h=500] The early Bujang Valley civilisation between the first and the fifth century (earlier...
The Penang Forum, a coalition of public interest groups and individuals, notes with dismay that Boustead is claiming compensation from the MPPP for consequential losses in having to reduce its hotel from 12 to five storeys. Before the matter...
You know they are supposedly "upgrading" the Penang Hill Railway. So what's going to happen to all the vintage machinery (scroll down that page to see the equipment) that pulls up the funicular trains? There are two sets of such...
We are so used to the mainstream version of history. Catch this story by Hishamuddin Yahaya in Aliran Monthly to find out more about the little-known heroes in the struggle for independence. (From left) Ishak Haji Mohammed, Dr Burhanuddin...
Many of us would think that the concern about hill-slope degradation in Penang and warnings of climate change are a fairly new development which began in the 1980s and 1990s. Wrong. James Richardson Logan - the man who coined the...
Rahmah Ali is not a happy woman. In fact, this feisty Tanjung Tokong villager is upset over Uda Holdings' plans to demolish the houses in her kampung and 'develop' the area. "Hati geram!" she says. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 Photos by Anil (Click on...
The James Logan memorial was officially dedicated on 20 October 2009 in front of the High Court building in Penang. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 Photos by Anil and Logan family Some Penang residents might know James Logan as a colonial-era lawyer (who took up the...
Is this what a heritage city is about - derelict land, decaying buildings and a high-rise construction site? Photo by a Penangite The sign just about sums it up. It reads "George Town, Penang - Unesco World Heritage City"
Here are a couple of letters to theSun on the federally funded project to upgrade the Penang Hill Railway written by tram engineer Ric Francis and heritage activist Dr Choong Sim Poey. Ric has his say here: As an experienced engineer...
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,...

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