Comments made at the launch of the heritage and arts district at Sia Boey on 6 September 2015. How times have changed.
“…the heritage shophouses will be retained, where ever they could be, we will make sure that they will also be able to contribute to a land and air of authenticity, and of course, the ambience and atmosphere necessary to signify that this is a Penang heritage and arts district.”
You can see the full report of the launch here.
But now, there are plans for a huge transport hub at Sia Boey
Over the weekend, a relative of mine from Singapore spent a few days in Penang. He had visited Penang occasionally over the years since 1954, and Penang holds special memories for him as he held a wedding reception here many moons ago.
He was disturbed by what he saw during his latest visit and upon his return, he sent me a text message: “Penang has lost its charm. It is like a concrete jungle.”
I messaged him back: “What to do… that’s the battle we are fighting here.”
“The battle has been lost… too late,” he responded.
I wrote back: “If we don’t do anything, it will get a lot worse.”
His wise parting words: “I agree, but you must get the support and (use) the right channel. Good luck… oh ya, you need plenty of good luck.”