Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

March 31, 2015

Curious about your Roots ?

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The Penang in Asia Lecture Series

Mainland Southeast Asians’ Ancestors : More Indigenous or Immigrant?

Dear Sir/Madam,

Penang Institute together with The Oxford and Cambridge Alumni in Penang, is proud to jointly organize the upcoming talk by Prof Stephen Oppenheimer entitled “Mainland Southeast Asians’ Ancestors: More Indigenous or Immigrant?” under the Penang in Asia Lecture series.


Date : Friday 3rd April 2015

Time : 8.30pm10.30pm (Registration starts at 7.30pm)

Venue : Royale Ballroom – Royale Bintang Hotel, Penang


You may not know what anthropology means but “knowing your roots” is something that you are more familiar with.
Roots are the stories that ground you, the food that returns you, the music that comforts you, the identity that gives you strength, and the people who know you. Everyone has roots that influence them, even if they don’t consciously know them or can’t access them. – Unknown.

The idea of anthropology doesn’t get any easier than this.

In our upcoming Penang in Asia Lecture, Prof Stephen Oppenheimer shall reveal to you his years of research, tracing back the roots of Mainland and Island Southeast Asians using the uniquely-local surviving mitochondrial (mtDNA) investigation. As the title suggest, we will be focusing on the origins of Mainland Southeast Asians’s ancestors, answering the question if they are more indigenous or immigrant?

About the Speaker

Professor Stephen Oppenheimer, trained in medicine in Oxford and London universities, is a British geneticist, pediatrician and writer recognized for creating a unique synthesis of genetic, archaeological, and climatic evidence in order to track the ancient migrations of all modern non-Africans.

Elected to Green College, Oxford in 1999, Prof Oppenheimer is also a research associate of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology of the School of Anthropology, University of Oxford and also affiliated as Honorary Research Fellow to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.



7.30pm-8.30pm   –         Registration
8.30pm                  –       Welcoming address by YB Zairil Khir Johari, Executive Director of Penang Institute
8.40pm                  –       Opening speech by The Hon. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
9.00pm                  –       Mainland Southeast Asian Ancestors: More Indigenous or Immigrant?
by Professor Stephen Oppenheimer
10.00pm               –        Question & Answer
10.30pm               –        Adjournment


Admission is FREE and registration is on a first come first serve basis. Kindly register your interest here to secure your seat.

Penang Institute is a non-profit Penang-based think tank and research institute set up in 1997, with a focus on facilitating dynamic and sustainable development for Penang.

March 27, 2015

Free Depression & Anxiety Screening Score by Befrienders

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March 23, 2015

Dengue Alert in TSN – please take immediate action

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Dialogue with our ADUN YB Dato’ Mohd. Rashid bin Hasnon

at 10.00 am on Sunday 29 March 2015

at Taman Sri Nibong Residents’ Association


On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 8:06 am, the TSNRA Combi Team Leader Chris Wong <wongcj.usm@gmail.com> wrote in the TSNGG:

Please be informed that our Taman Sri Nibong is the Champion for Dengue Cases at the Dengue Cases Barat Daya weekly meeting since January 2015. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Balik Pulau Health Department. If the situation does not improve, Kementerian Kesihatan from KL will come to our Taman. We might be upgraded to become National Champion soon.

A total of 74 cases was reported by Kementerian Kesihatan in our taman for the period  01.01.15 to 18.03.15.  Details are as follows:-

Jan 2015 to 21/03/15 :
Lavinia     27
Lintang     23
Pesarian     8
Mawah        6
Melati          3
Lebuh          4
Tingkat       3
Total         74 
The above is the confirmed figure that i got from Puan Dydy Ilyani, Pegawai Sains K.K. during this morning meeting wjich is still in progress.
Total death in P.Pinang this year: 5

In order to reduce the dengue cases, Kementerian Kesihatan sent a big team comprising the MPPP, JKR, Bomba and Health officials to our Taman Sri Nibong on 19 March 2015 .

Since our Taman Sri Nibong residents are not really interested in “Gotong Royong” and give their cooperation, Kementerian Kesihatan needs to carry out house to house checking soon. If your house is detected to have larvae, you will be fined RM 500. If you don’t want to open house for them to check, the police will be with them for their next visit.

On 29 March 2015, 10.00 am our ADUN Y.B. DATO’ HAJI MOHD RASHID BIN HASNON wants to have dialogue with our residents at the  Taman Sri Nibong Residents’ Association on dengue cases. Hope as many residents as possible can attend this meeting to solve this problem.

We hope all of our residents can work together to reduce or stop dengue cases soon.

Thank you.


Wong CJ ( 012-4278082 )

Combi Team Leader

Community Health, TSNRA


Jeffrey Ho ( 012-4820713 )

TSNRA President 

March 18, 2015

World Poetry Day in Penang ( 21st – 22nd March 2015 )

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world poetry day


*UNESCO Director-General’s Message for 2015

The poet John Burnside wrote:

“If what we insist on calling
fate seems inexplicable or cruel
it’s only because
we lack the imagination
to wish for what it brings,
to brighten it
with something more inventive
than dismay.”

This is the power of poetry. It is the power of imagination to brighten reality, to inspire our thoughts with something more inventive than dismay.

Poetry is the UNIVERSAL human song, expressing the aspiration of every woman and man to apprehend the world and SHARE this understanding with others, through the arrangement of words in rhythm and meter. There may be nothing more delicate than a poem and, yet, it expresses all of the power of the human mind, and so there is nothing more resilient.

Poetry is as old as humanity itself, and as diverse — embodied in traditions, oral and written, that are as varied as are the human face, each capturing the depth of emotions, thought and aspiration that guide every woman and men.

Poetry is intimate expression that opens doors to others, enriching the dialogue that catalyses all human progress, weaving cultures together and reminding all people of the destiny they hold in common. In this way, poetry is a fundamental expression of peace. In the words of Cherif Khaznadar, laureate of the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, “Knowledge of the other is the gateway to dialogue, and dialogue can only be established in difference and respect for difference.” Poetry is the ultimate expression of difference in dialogue, in the spirit of unity.

Every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.

This is the spirit of World Poetry Day, and this guides all of UNESCO’s work to strengthen humanity as a single community – by safeguarding poetic documentary heritage under the Memory of the World Programme, as well as humanity’s intangible heritage. This is embodied in the recent inscription of Al-Zajal on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This traditional Lebanese poetry expression espouses tolerance and dialogue to resolve conflict and strengthen social cohesion.

In times of uncertainty and turbulence, perhaps never before have we needed the power of poetry to bring women and men together, to craft new forms of dialogue, to nurture the creativity all societies need today. This is UNESCO’s message on World Poetry Day.

Irina Bokova


Cecil Rajendra’s works to be celebrated in conjunction

with World Poetry Day on Sunday at E&O Hotel

As part of World Poetry Day, Penang-based lawyer-poet Cecil Rajendra’s literary career will be celebrated in Penang this Sunday. The event also marks the 50th anniversary of his first poetry book Embryo, which was published by London’s Regency Press. — Filepic

As part of World Poetry Day, Penang-based lawyer-poet Cecil Rajendra’s literary career will be celebrated in Penang this Sunday. The event also marks the 50th anniversary of his first poetry book Embryo, which was published by London’s Regency Press. — Filepic

His poems tackle pertinent issues like the environment, politics and power.

FIFTY years ago, Penang-based Cecil Rajendra, one of Asia’s most prolific poets, wrote his first collection of poems called Embryo.

“It was selection of romantic poems. I was a first year law student in London when it got published,” says Cecil over the phone from Penang yesterday.

The lawyer-poet made history when London’s Regency Press decided to publish it, being the first Malaysian poet to have his poems published in the literary capital of the world.

This Sunday, just a day after the World Poetry Day, Cecil, 74, will be celebrated in an elegant evening of poetry and music at Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in Penang. The event called Celebrating Cecil Rajendra, marks the 50th anniversary ofEmbryo’s publication and promises to be a night of literary culture and much festivity. The event is organised by the Friends of Artistes Liaison and entry is by donation (for enquries, email: foalpg@gmail.com).

The evening’s music will be provided by The Rozells and Gypsy Eyes, while poetry recitals will be part of the programme. Nazriah Alaudin, Ooi Kee How and James Lochhead will be presenting poems by Cecil, the late Usman Awang, Fadzillah Amin, Pablo Neruda and Adrian Mitchell.

“For the music, I have rewritten the lyrics of popular tunes such as Young Once (Young One by Cliff Richard), Penang Hill (Blueberry Hill by Louis Amstrong) and Amazing Haze(Amazing Grace). The songs are mean to be satirical in nature,” he reveals.

Beyond the stage, there will be an exhibition of books, paintings and posters inspired by Cecil’s works called 50 Lyrical Years of Passion, curated by Lee Khai from the Penang Museum. The launch of Personal & Profane – Selected Poems 1965-2015, a book (published by Clarity Publications) of selected poems by the poet, will also take place during this Sunday’s event.

“The new book (Personal & Profane) has poems that lean on topics like family, love, human rights and the environment. The timeline spans 50 years of my work,” he says.

Back in 2013, Cecil also authored the biography of of the late Rose Chan, Malaysia’s Queen of Striptease. Called No Bed of Roses, the book shed a different light on Chan, delving into her philanthropic works and her personal life.

Cecil, who studied at St Xavier’s Institution, University of Singapore and Lincoln’s Inn in London, was the first recipient of the Malaysian Lifetime Humanitarian Award for his pioneering legal aid work and inspirational poetry. He is a consultant to the Penang Legal Aid Centre.

He has been writing poems for over 50 years and has published over 22 collections.

His work has been published in over 50 countries and translated into several languages.

Several of his poems, such as Statistics, When The Tourists Flew In and The Animal And Insect Act have found their way into the curriculum of human rights, tourism, Third World, environmental and development studies.

He also received a Human Right Awards from the Malaysian Commission on Human Rights and was recently granted a Danish International Visiting Artiste (DIVA) award by the Arts Council of Denmark.

March 14, 2015

Befrienders Penang Recruitment Drive 2015

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                                  Befrienders Penang Recruitment Drive 2015                                                                     *

Do you have some of  these qualities?

  • Kind, caring, warm
  • Empathetic, understanding
  • Patient, tolerant, calm
  • Trustworthy, reliable
  • Non-judgemental
  • Open-minded

Perhaps you can lend a listening ear to those who feel lonely, depressed or suicidal.

To volunteer, register now for recruitment training.



As a volunteer, you have to be at least 21 years old and commit to a minimum of three hours each week for a year.

There is an RM 80 charge for training to cover our costs.

Training will begin *promptly* at 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm every Sunday from 12 April – 7 June 2015 (except 3 May) at Women Centre for Change, 241, Jalan Burmah, Penang

(Use Jalan Perak entrance)

Note: Registration starts at 1.00 pm on 12 April

*You must attend no fewer than six of the eight sessions and complete 4 months of probation to be accepted into the service.


Please attend our Talk, Preview and Interview.

Date: 29 March ( Sunday)

Time: 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Venue : Cheshire Home, 409 Babington Avenue, 10450 Penang


If you need further information, you can contact us at :

04-2815161 or 04-2811108 Mondays to Fridays 3 pm to midnight.

Saturdays & Sundays 5 pm to 11 pm


Email: befpen.training@gmail.com

Website : http://www.befpen.org


I look forward to hearing from you.



Florance Sinniah (6012 4238597)

Befrienders Penang


Stress Free Lifestyle Carnival

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Do support this most worthy cause in aid of D’Home located at Bukit Jambul. 

The Chief Minister of Penang YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng is the patron of D’Home.

This carnival is endorsed by the Penang State Government

and supported by Majlis Sukan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Membership to D’Home is free and it is one of  few NGOs providing free

counselling for those with depression and programs promoting mental health.

In, addition, there are free weekly community activities like nature walks,

Chat-and-Connect with a variety of board games, Story Telling & Family Link,

an educational program to provide greater understanding of mental disorders

and how to understand and support your loved ones with mental disorders

( https://tsnra.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/free-healthy-community-activities-at-dhome-bk-jambul/)


Web links :



Fund Raising


Fun Walk & Zumba brochure and form_Page_1

Events for Carnival_Page_1

Fun Walk & Zumba brochure and form_Page_2

March 10, 2015

Today is the birthday of Dr Wu Lien-Teh

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The Penang Heritage Trails

of Dr.Wu Lien-Teh

( Source : myPenang )

The Story of Wu Lien-Teh


Dr. Wu Lien-Teh (伍连德, Mandarin: Wu Liande, Hokkien: Gnoh LeanTuck, Cantonese: Ng Leen-tuck , 10 March 1879 ~ 21 January 1960) was a Malayan-born Chinese and the first medical student of Chinese descent to study at University of Cambridge. He was also the first Malayan nominated to receive a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1935.
The first medical student of Chinese descent to study at University of Cambridge
3 Generations of Wu’s Family

Wu Lien-Teh was born in Penang on 10 March 1879. His father (伍祺学. Mandarin: Wu Qixue, Hokkien: Gnoh Kee Huck, Cantonese: Ng Khee Hok) originated from Toisan in Guangdong (广东台山 )and came to Penang at the age of 16 to become an apprentice in a goldsmith shop. Later Ng Khee Hok operated a goldsmith shop at China St and married a locally born Hakka woman named Lam Choy Fan (林彩繁Mandarin: Lin Caifan). They had 15 children but only 5 sons and 4 daughters survived. Wu Lien-teh ranked no. 4 in the family and his early education was in the Penang Free School at Farquhar St (1886-1896). He was selected as the School Captain in 1894.


Wu was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1896, after winning the Queen’s Scholarship held in Singapore. He had a successful academic performance at university, and won virtually all the available prizes and scholarships. His undergraduate clinical years were spent at St Mary’s Hospital, London.In 1903, Dr. Wu returned to the Straits Settlement after finishing his medical studies. However, there was no specialist position for him. This is because, at that time, there was a two-tier medical system in the British colonies, where only British nationals could hold the highest position of fully qualified medical officers or specialists. So, Dr. Wu spent the first 4 years of his medical career researching beri-beri and later, on his own private practice.

A hand-sewn badge designed by
Dr. Wu’s mother modelled after Cambridge University Emmanuel College’s logo
Mrs. Wu & son
at Love Lane residence

Dr. Wu married Miss Ruth Huang Shu-Chiung (黄淑琼) on 9th July 1905 in Singapore, the daughter of Wong Nai-siong (1849-1924), a noted Chinese scholar who played a key role in the establishment of a Foochow settlement in Sibu, Sarawak. The couple had their first son Wu Chang-keng (伍长庚) born in the following year.

Dr. Wu was very vocal in the social issues of the time. In the election of the office bearers on 9th Sept 1906, He became one of the vice presidents in the Penang Chinese Town Hall and actively called for the boycott of US goods when the US governments imposed discriminatory immigration policy towards the Chinese. He introduced reforms among the people, such as girls’ education, removal of towchang (Manchu pigtails), campaigned against gambling, formation of literary clubs, promotion of healthy physical exercises among children. He founded the Anti-Opium Association (1906) in Penang. This attracted the attention of the clandestine forces involved in the lucrative trade of opium and led to an intentional search and subsequent discovery of a mere one ounce of tincture of opium in Dr. Wu’s dispensary, which was considered illegal, although he was a fully qualified medical doctor who had purchased this to treat patients. News of his prosecution and appeal rejection attracted worldwide publicity, and later led to an invitation from the then Grand Councillor of China, Generalissimo Yuan Shi-kai (袁世凯)to take up the post of Vice-Director of the Imperial Army Medical College in Tianjin in 1908.

Anti-Opium Association.
Dr. Wu is seated at the far right
Dr. Wu at his lab in Harbin

In the winter of 1910, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh was given instructions from the Foreign Office of China to travel to Harbin to investigate an unknown disease which killed many of its victims. This turned out to be the beginning of the large pneumonic plague pandemic of Manchuria which ultimately claimed 60,000 victims. Dr. Wu would be remembered for his role in asking for imperial sanction to cremate plague victims, as cremation of these infected victims turned out to be the turning point of the epidemic. The suppression of this plague pandemic changed medical progress in China.

Dr. Wu chaired the International Plague Conference in Mukden (Shenyang) in April 1911, a historic event attended by scientists from the United States of America, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Netherlands, Russia, Mexico and China. He later presented a plague research paper at the International Congress of Medicine, London in August 1911 which was published in The Lancet in the same month. Dr. Wu was the first president of the China Medical Association (1916–1920) and directed the National Quarantine Service (1931–1937). He was the only Chinese and Malayan to ever being nominated for Nobel Prize (in Medicine) in 1935.

Family photo in China.
The 1st wife died in 1937
Ashes of Dr. Wu & Mrs. Wu in Batu Gantung Columbarium

In 1937, with the Japanese occupying much of China and the retreat of the Nationalists, Dr. Wu moved back to Malaya where he worked as a general practitioner in Ipoh. To encourage the youth to share his love for reading, Dr. Wu tirelessly collected donations to start the Perak Library (now The Tun Razak Library) in Ipoh, a free lending public library. In his own medical practice at 12 Brewster Road (now Jalan Sultan Idris Shah), long queues were a common sight, and he was known as the doctor who gave free consultation and treatment to the poor. He practiced medicine until the age of 80, when he bought a new house in Penang for his retirement. Unfortunately, he died on 21 January 1960 11:30am, aged 81, barely one week after moving into the new house. Dr. Wu was cremated at Batu Gantung Cemetery and his ashes were interned in the columbarium there. His second wife Lee Suk-ching (李淑贞)whom he married in 1925 in Shanghai passed away ten years later and both are placed together.

Dr. Wu’s Early Days in Penang


1) China StWu Lien-teh was born in China St on 10-03-1879. We will begin our walk along this old street once occupied mostly by the Cantonese community.

2) King St -Muntri StHis father’s name is Ng Khee Hok (伍祺学) , a Cantonese Goldsmith shop owner originated from Toisan Sing Ling (台山新宁). He would have brought the young Wu Lien-teh to visit their ancestral temples at King St frequently: Ng See Kah Meow (伍氏家庙) -The Wu Clan Association & Toisan Nin Yong Hui Kwon (台山宁阳会馆)- Toisan Sing Ling Association. Ng Khee Hok’s name is also found engraved on the donors’ stone plaque inside the Penang Ta Kam Hong (庇能打金行) or Penang Goldsmiths Guild at Muntri St.

King St – Muntri St
Farquhar St

3) Farquhar St Wu Lien-teh was educated in Penang Free School, currently the site of Penang State Museum (Farquhar St) and spent his formative years in this elite English school (1886-1896). Better known as Gnoh Lean Tuck, he served as the School Captain in 1894.

4) 273,Chulia StDr. Wu operated a clinic at 273, Chulia St (1904-07) when he came back to Penang. He took over the business from a British woman and set up his private practice. He was framed and prosecuted for owning a mere ounce of opium used for patients without permit.
273, Chulia St
5) 38, Love Lane. Dr. Wu lived in a beautiful house with his wife Ruth Huang and son Chang-keng at 38, Love Lane.
6) 72, Love Lane. He founded Anti Opium Association (1906) at 72, Love Lane.

Dr. Wu’s Late Days in Penang


7) 39-I, Chor Sin Kheng Rd. Dr. Wu’s last residence at 39-I, Chor Sin Kheng Rd,AirItam.He died on 21st Jan, 1960, at the ripe age of 81.

8) Penang Free School, Greenlane. Penang Free School at Greenlane – The Wu Lien-Teh “House” (green colour), one of the sport groups named after him. There are book collections on Dr. Wu in the library.

Penang Free School, Greenlane
Taman Wu Lien-Teh
9)Taman Wu Lien-TehTaman Wu Lien-Teh at the back of YWCA named after him.

10) Batu GantongColumbarium. Dr. Wu & Mrs. Wu final resting place: Batu Gantong Columbarium, Room C, Nos. 68 & 67.

Batu Gantong Columbarium


The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society Penang

Penang Monthly

Penang Free School Archives


wlt harbin

Harbin Medical University – bronze statue of Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

to honour his contributions in promoting public health,

preventive medicine and medical education 


Announcing the “Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards”


In 1915, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh co-founded the Chinese Medical Association which has become the largest medical association in the world with membership of half a million in China today. Dr. Wu went on to set-up more than 20 key medical institutions and laid a solid foundation for the modernization of public medical care in this populous nation.

To promote Dr. Wu’s medical legacy in public health, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society has decided to allocate a special fund to award and recognize students and scholars who excel in their medical researches annually. We would like to invite the press and the public to attend this event to remember this great son of Penang.


Time & Date: 10:30am, Sunday, 8 March 2015

Venue: Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Lebuh Gereja (Church Street), George Town

Enquiries264-2631  or 016-4175258



10:30am    Press Conference: Announcing the setting up of “Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards”

11:00am    Documentary Film show:  Dr. Wu Lien-Teh in China 1911-1937 – Medical foundations, the building of hospitals, the relentless advocacy of medical education and the regaining of China’s quarantine sovereignty.

12:15 pm   Tea break and fellowship

01:30 pm   End

Co-organised by Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society and Penang Heritage Trust

March 3, 2015

Have you noticed our new roof extension?

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Not every resident in Taman Sri Nibong will pass by the TSNRA Clubhouse daily. Those who are living away from this area and do not frequent the Recreational Park may not notice this new extension funded by our DCM1 and Pantai Jerejak ADUN, Dato’ Hj Rashid bin Hasnon. We have been requesting for this roof for a number of years. Now with this new roof over the whole outer court, our RA can hold more outdoor activities in rain or shine. And when we have a community celebration like Malaysia Day, we need not rent tents anymore and that’s a relief on our small budget.

New RA roof

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