Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

September 13, 2017

Langur Project Penang

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Calling for citizen observation on wildlife crossing!

呼唤民众的关注- 道路生态学!(中文翻译以下)


LPP is an outreach research project on the ecology, behaviour and road ecology of Trachypithecus obscurus for the development of a sustainable langur conservation in Penang.

LPP is currently working on the first road ecology project, “Road Ecology and Canopy Bridges for Arboreal Wildlife to Cope with Habitat Fragmentation in Penang” in Penang, to investigate the impact of roads toward the movement of langurs and other arboreal wildlife. Today, we are in phase 1 of the study, which is to identify the wildlife crossing hotspots.

Based on our up to 20 months of langur observation in Teluk Bahang, a particular troop of langurs there spent up to 15-20% of their time by the coastal line to forage. In order to move to the coastal beach area, the langurs would have to seek for connectivity trees (preferable choice, 72%), cable wires to cross (second option, 26%) from forested area to coastal line, which is divided by an asphalt road. Worst, they sometimes run across the road (2%), as there is no connected trees or cable wires. LPP has encountered and handled six langur road kill incidents since August 2016, and an electrocution incident of a Sunda slow loris.

Of cause, the above data is only applied to one single troop of langur and in Teluk Bahang region only, where we are currently still collecting data in other study sites to compare the arboreal wildlife road crossing behaviours. Besides the spectacled langurs, we have observed black giant squirrels, plantain squirrels, long-tailed macaques, Sunda colugo, other small rodents, and reptiles, often forage by the road and coastal line.

NOW, WE NEED YOU, PENANGITES’ HELP! – To gather more observation on wildlife crossing incidents. When you are driving around Penang and you see the above species of wildlife forage by the road, moving by the road, crossing the road, attempt to cross the road, OR any road kill incident- kindly drop us a private message on our Facebook page on 1) date, time & location 2) type of observation 3) species of wildlife 4) any photos or videos, additional note.

All the above information is able to help LPP in gathering all possible wildlife crossing hotspot area for our road ecology study, where we will be marking down potential coordinates for future work and monitoring to mitigate the impact of habitat fragmentation (roads) toward the ecology and behaviour of arboreal wildlife. More details on our road ecology study:


PLEASE SHARE THIS AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE! Let’s all do our part in conserving and voicing out for the wildlife residents in Penang!




September 8, 2017

Penang International Green Carnival 2017

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Penang International Green Carnival is the biggest platform for environmental education

in Northern Malaysia that presents green solutions, strategies and practices.

We reach out to more than 100,000 people through our pre-event and on-ground

activities with the participation of industries, communities and government.

Come together to raise environmental awareness, motivate people

to tackle climate change and create a net impact on fighting climate change.




September 3, 2017

eRezeki Workshop for working online

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Link : eRezeki  Workshop PWDC

September 1, 2017

Triathlon Public Talk – Where to start

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Silent Awareness Walk

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August 22, 2017

Free Eye & Dental Screening

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July 21, 2017

Human Trafficking : Increase Awareness Then What Next ?

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July 8, 2017

Penang Monthly Online – Free Reads

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July Issue

Past Issues


Penang Monthly, the voice of Penang.

Penang Monthly endeavours to be the mouthpiece of Penang and an inspiring read for the curious Malaysian. A publication of Penang Institute, it aims to supply Penangites with information about significant issues in order to promote public participation, thus encouraging discussions about the various aspects of Penang’s fates and fortunes.

At the same time, we seek to profile Penang personalities who have contributed, sometimes in very unassuming but critical ways, to the reputation and wellbeing of the state, and to put the spotlight on ordinary Penangites who otherwise go unnoticed, but who nevertheless define the culture of the state in essential ways.

As Penang evolves, we would like to highlight its importance as a generator of culture, education, industry and cosmopolitan values – not just in our features, but also in in-depth analyses of the culture economy. We aspire to emphasise present trends in the arts, industry, politics and economics which affect the immediate future of the state and country.

On top of that, apart from our monthly socio-economic data section, we also provide a quarterly economic review, offering reliable socioeconomic data for the benefit of decision makers in government and the private sector.

An all-round read indeed.


More about Penang Institute:

Penang Institute is the public policy think tank of the state government of Penang. As a policy advisory body to the state government, Penang Institute seeks to spur bold thinking in the key areas of economics, socio-politics and sustainable development. Besides working closely with the state government, we collaborate with other international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme and other non- governmental organisations.

We also engage the public by promoting and highlighting various local, national and regional issues through facilitating conferences, lectures, workshops and public seminars.

Keep us up and running!

Penang Institute is a non-profit organisation, relying mainly on research grants and donations. To keep us up and running, and to continuously give you the latest scoop on economic and cultural trends every month, you can make a contribution to Penang Institute. Please contact enquiry@penanginstitute.org for more information.

July 7, 2017

George Town World Heritage Celebration

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Today is George Town World Heritage Day

Visit this link above to find out about Penang’s Heritage

Read some info below



The Historic City of George Town is located on the north-eastern cape of Penang Island.

From the heart of the colonial quarter with the city’s first administrative buildings, the original states laid out by the colonial administrators branch out into the city – a city spectacularly filled with godowns and the trading posts of the earliest merchant settlers, banks and shop houses, clan homes and communal clusters, and the iconic houses of worship representing the respective faiths of the many different settlers that came to call George Town home. The George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site is divided into two sections, the Core Area and Buffer Zone.


The Core Area covers and area of 109.38 hectares, and contains more than 1,700 buildings. It is bounded by a coastline along the north and east, and by Love Lane to the north-west and Gat Lebuh Melayu, Lorong Carnarvon and Lebuh Carnarvon to the south-west corner.


The Core Area is protected by 150.04 hectare of Buffer Zone bounded by the sea, Jalan Transfer on the west and Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong and gat Jalan Prangin on the south-west.

George Town, the Historic City 

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1798 map of early Penang by Captain H. B. Popham

George Town and Melaka are jointly inscribed as the Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca, and together, the two cities stand as testimony to the centuries of maritime trade that shaped this country and a had a significant influence on the region.

The Historic City of George Town was the first British port town along the Straits of Malacca. Founded in 1786 by Francis Light in the name of the East India Company, it is situated at the cape of the northeastern tip of the island, between the hills and the sea. Never intended to be a settlement colony, the development of George Town during the first century after its founding can be attributed to the courageous and entrepreneurial spirit of early migrant communities who found in George Town a place to make a living and begin a new life.

The site comprises a rich collection of historic buildings, vernacular, administrative and religious, constructed by the European trading settlers under the British East India Company, and later the British colonists, and migrants from various parts of the India-China trading route. These early settlers formed their own neighbourhoods or quarters, centred on certain streets or intersections. The European or colonial quarter was to the north, close to Fort Cornwallis, the administrative centre, and clustered around St. George’s Anglican Church on Farquhar Street. The early Chinese, Indian and Malay settlements grew out of the grid of early George Town, and the names of the streets of George Town today stand as testimony to the original communities and to the multicultural history and development of the city.

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Campbell Street circa 19th century, Courtesy of Malcolm Wade

“Melaka and George Town, Malaysia, are remarkable examples of historic colonial towns on the Straits of Malacca that demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from their former function as trading ports linking East and West. These are the most complete surviving historic city centres on the Straits of Malacca with a multi-cultural living heritage originating from the trade routes from Great Britain and Europe through the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the Malay Archipelago to China. Both towns bear testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted. They reflect the coming together of cultural elements from the Malay Archipelago, India and China with those of Europe, to create a unique architecture, culture and townscape.” – UNESCO

George Town meets three of UNESCO’s Outstanding Universal Values to make it recognised as a site of historical importance to the world. To learn more about this, click here to link to UNESCO page, or here for GTWHI-produced video on the OUVs.

Visit UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE  to find out about heritage sites

around the world and other websites related to world heritage.


June 23, 2017

Giving Books a Second Chance

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Did you know that our Book Adoption Centre (BAC) in Taman Sri Nibong has already passed its one year mark?

Book-sorting with the help of volunteers in April last year
We started this project in March 2016 because we wanted to save books that were sent for recycling to the Tzu Chi Recycling & Education Centre (Tzu Chi REC).

Tzu Chi Recycling & Education Centre in Taman Sri Nibong, Penang
where our BAC is located.
The BAC is a community project based on the idea that good books should have second lives. We’re saving them from being recycled as scrap paper and giving book-lovers an opportunity to read and contribute to charity.
Check out these milestones from our one-year journey:
  • BAC has generated RM12,000+ for Tzu Chi’s dialysis centres in Penang.
  • One generous contributor donated RM1,000 when he adopted books.
  • We were interviewed by Sin Chew newspaper – the full page article was published on 10 March this year, giving us the publicity that we need to help our books find new homes and new owners!
  • Our Facebook group has grown to almost 700 members within a year.
  • We’ve saved thousands of books from being recycled as scrap paper and given the gift of reading to hundreds of new owners!
  • Charity organisations and schools in Penang and outside of Penang have benefited when kind-hearted individuals adopted books for them. They include Jit Sin High School, House of Hope & SK Kwang Hwa.
  • A school teacher from Cameron Highlands also came to adopt books for her school library.
  • Many book lovers now a place they can come to get good reads for themselves and their children (yes, we have many good quality children’s books too)
  • Promoted BAC at Occupy Beach Street on 26 June. We couldn’t bring many books but we did get people interested in visiting BAC.
  • A Muslim lady who visited our BAC was so happy to find and adopt a Quran
  • BAC has attracted visitors from as far as Sungai Petani and Alor Setar.
  • We’ve made it possible for lower-income students to get access to PMR and SPM workbooks and reference books (we have lots of reference books too)
You may be wondering: why didn’t we call it a library instead? A library is a place where you can borrow books and later, return them. We didn’t want to be a library – we wanted books to go out to the world where they would enchant their readers and give readers a chance to donate. That’s why we called it a Book Adoption Centre. We wanted book lovers to “adopt” these books for a small donation. And if others such as rural schools or orphanages are in need of books, you can also sponsor them a bundle of books!

Brother Alan of Tzu Chi being interviewed by the reporter
from Sin Chew about the origins of BAC.
The donations from BAC go towards the Tzu Chi dialysis centres in Penang where lower-income Penangites regardless of their backgrounds can get free dialysis treatments. So this means when you adopt books from our BAC, you are helping to fund dialysis treatments for kidney patients. You are helping to fund free dialysis treatments for Malaysians who cannot afford the costly private treatments.

Books with yellow stickers are books that have been sorted.
Yellow refers to academic or reference or general knowledge books.
Our proceeds go back to Tzu Chi for two reasons.
First, our source of books come from Tzu Chi REC. Now that we have our BAC, Tzu Chi volunteers know that if they see books in the pile of recyclables contributed by the public, they will kindly put aside these books for us. On hearing that we have a BAC, two other Tzu Chi RECs (Taman Lumba Kuda and Butterworth) have been keeping their books for us too.

Sorting books that come from other Tzu Chi RECs
in Taman Lumba Kuda and Butterworth.
Second, our BAC resides inside the Taman Sri Nibong Tzu Chi REC. The Tzu Chi team has kindly provided us three cubicles to arrange, store and display the books that our volunteers have sorted. The Tzu Chi team has also helped us fix up ceiling fans and shelving for books.

Promoting BAC at Occupy Beach Street in June last year.
Two volunteers, EY Siew and Eddie Lam, together with Brother Alan from Tzu Chi, are also helping to reach out to more book lovers in other states by posting books to them. EY will promote these Chinese books on Facebook groups and to date, there has been such an overwhelming response towards the book adoption as the readers know they are also doing charity when they adopt books.

EY Siew is in charge of the Mandarin books section as he reads Chinese.
On a weekly basis, EY, Eddie and Alan will take turns to pack and courier the adopted books to adopters from KL, Melaka, Johor, Pahang and more. Book adopters will bank their donation into Tzu Chi bank accounts while bearing the cost of the courier services.

Besides English books, we also have lots of Chinese books
as well as Malay books.

Sin Chew helped us promote BAC in this full page write-up published
on 10 March 2017.
Besides these volunteers, we’d also like to thank the entire Tzu Chi REC team as well as the regulars who have helped us this whole year. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s teamwork and help!

We need volunteers to help us arrange books on weekends.
Help us if you’re free.
More exciting plans are in store as we have plans to make BAC more conducive for children and adults with proper reading facilities.
How You Can Help

Join us as a volunteer and help us grow BAC and the love of reading!
Tell your friends about our dedicated Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSN…)
where we keep everyone updated on books that come in! Tell friends to bring their old books to BAC. Don’t throw them away! Tell teachers about BAC so that they can help lower-income students get reference books. Adopt books for a school, library, orphanage or for poor families with children. Help sort and arrange books on weekends. Even 1 hour of your time would do! Share this document on your FB page.
TSN BAC @ Tzu-Chi Recycle & Education Center, Lebuh Bukit Kecil 1, Taman Sri Nibong, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang. >>>> Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UH7M5mMwMEQ2
Opening hours: As BAC is located within Tzu Chi REC, it is open when Tzu Chi REC is open which is Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
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