Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

September 13, 2019

A Story of George Town : Penang Institute

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Penang Institute and History Section, School of Humanities of USM, in collaboration with Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka, are proud to host the launch of “A Story of George Town Pulau Pinang Malaysia c.1780s to c. 2000s”.

Since its opening in 1786 as a port-of-call of the English East India Company (EEIC), George Town has had a place in the local, regional and international field of trade and commerce. Trading and commercial enterprise had been its forte, from its beginnings to the late 1960s. After having its free port status lifted in the late 1960s, Penang turned to the then up-and-coming electronics industry. In two decades, Penang earned the flattering moniker of ‘Silicon Valley of the East’. Penang too came to be adulated as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ for having beautiful beaches, salubrious hill environs, and rich and diverse sociocultural traditions that drew visitors from near and far. From 2008, following attainment of ‘Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca’ listing into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS), tourism entered its heyday.

A Story of George Town demonstrates that George Town, in the past and in contemporary times, had and continues to celebrate multiculturalism. Peaceful and harmonious ties between the various ethnic communities have long been the hallmark of George Town and Penang. Hopefully, it will act as a catalyst that will stimulate more historical writing about the city and Penang, and about Penang’s significance in the regional and international context.

About the Author:

Ooi Keat Gin FRHist, PhD, is an award-winning author with specialization in the socioeconomic and sociocultural history of Southeast Asia. Currently, he is professor of history and coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Research Unit (APRU-USM) in the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia and founding-editor-in-chief, International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (IJAPS) (www.usm.my/ijaps/).

His major works are, as editor: Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia, From Angkor Wat to East Timor, 3 vols. (ABC-CLIO, 2004); and The Works of Nicholas Tarling on Southeast Asia. Critical Concepts in Asian Studies, 7 vols. (Routledge, 2012). Recently completed is the final volume of a trilogy on the history of Borneo, viz. Borneo in the Cold War, 1950-1990 (Routledge, in press) to accompany previous volumes, The Japanese Occupation of Borneo, 1941-1945 (Routledge, 2011), and Post-war Borneo, 1945-1950: Nationalism, Empire, and State-building (Routledge, 2013. Another recent book-length (commissioned) work is Historical Dictionary of Malaysia, 2nd ed. (Historical Dictionary Series) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

Penang Dementia Day

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WHO : Dementia Info

MAYO Clinic : Dementia

Differences between Dementia and Alzheimer

7 stages of Alzheimer

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 in Penang

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The Star : Event in Penang promises to be a fun occasion for families

Experience Penang Facebook link here

CNN Travel : More than just mooncakes: A guide to Mid-Autumn Festival

September 6, 2019

Women in the House : Does it matter?

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Demands remain mere noise unless they are raised in Parliament to be transformed into legislation and practices. Studies have shown that women representatives in Parliament are more likely to speak for and act for women compared to male representatives. Some argue from their experiences and gender roles and have introduced more women-friendly policies. However, there is also evidence showing that when there are more women in Parliament, at a certain point, they tend to fail in raising issues or in making policies that are women-friendly. This has invited concerns and criticism from women groups. Furthermore, there are also studies which show that less women in legislatures does not mean that women-friendly policies are not introduced. Current trends show more men raising women issues in more pronounced ways than women representatives; and at the same time, less women are showing interest in debating women-related issues. This forum discusses whether women representatives still matter in the parliament.


YB Kasthuriraani Patto, Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan


1. YB Chong Eng, Penang EXCO for Women & Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness, and Religions Other Than Islam

2. YB Steven Sim, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports and Member of the Board of Directors, Penang Institute.

3. Dr Ummu Atiyah Ahmad Zakuan, Senior Lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia

Tech Talk for Girls

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Girls with dreams becomes a woman with vision. For the first time ever,

Network of Organizations for Women (NOW) Penang is bringing these

bright and young talents to center stage to inspire young girls of their age

at Tech Talk for Girls. 

So bring along your daughter (and sons too)

to listen to the inspiring line up of speakers

that had trail blazed the path in science, technology and innovation (STEM).

Registration is free and refreshments provided. Exciting activities awaits!


Register now! 


World Suicide Prevention Day Forum 2019

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Welcome to the official World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 website created by the

International Association (IASP). We invite you to browse our site to find WSPD banners,

the World Suicide Prevention Day brochure in various languages, Light a Candle postcards,

#WSPD facts and figures and resources. You can also learn about IASP’s Cycle

Around the Globe event that is increasing in popularity every year.

Read about the wide range of activities being carried throughout the world.


Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge.

Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally

for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths,

which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.


World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD

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