Laurence Loh laments the poor protection of heritage buildings outside the Unesco heritage core zone. In 2011, Malaysian heritage celebrated a victory when the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) very courageously exercised their discretionary powers by ordering Tetuan Klassik...
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...
Seberang Perai or Province Wellesley has a rich history which has not often been shared with a wider audience. Did you know that Perai got its name from the Prye River, where an early settlement sprouted, that sugar...
This is a petition by the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) to save Soonstead: The heritage of Soonstead is threatened by a proposed 13-storey tower block which would necessitate the demolition of the house’s dining room wing and annexe buildings. Originally...
I came across this eye-witness account of the scene around KL during then US president Lyndon Johnson's visit to Malaysia on 30 October 1966. His visit to Malaysia took place a year after the United States deployed regular combat...
Look at the optimism about getting approval for this huge 760-acre land reclamation project, never mind that it is still at the EIA stage. This project is linked to the tunnel-land swap deal, as the developer is supposed to...
This was a ferry shuttling to and from the Malayan Railway jetty along Weld Quay on the island and the railway station at Prai Junction on the mainland. Passengers could buy a rail ticket from the Malayan Railway office...
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...
In case you missed it, a documentary on the fall of Penang during World War II, screened over the History Channel. http://youtu.be/Ubtdwtanu3k http://youtu.be/q-0pRLbwK1I http://youtu.be/Jdqm9BzfM6w http://youtu.be/gHTRAKKNmrw http://youtu.be/WG3TBX5mCbo Any war-time memories to share with us?
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has responded to the destruction of Candi no. 11 in the historical Bujang Valley region. The Bujang Valley archaeological excavations have enormous significance in our understanding of the history of the peninsula, and...

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