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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

August 1, 2019

Realising the Blue Economy Benefits in Penang

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The Latest ISSUES


Realising Blue Economy Benefits in Penang


By Gareth Johnstone (Director General, WorldFish)

and Negin Vaghefi (Senior Analyst, Penang Institute)


The full list of ISSUES published by Penang Institute is available on our website.

We are confident that these briefs will deepen discussions on matters of relevance

to Penang, Malaysia and the region.

DOWNLOAD or READ the latest issue HERE

July 15, 2019


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Link : WWF Malaysia


WWF is one of the world’s largest conservation organizations. It was conceived on the 29th April 1961.

Its first office opened in September 1961 in the Swiss town of Morges.

The central secretariat for the network – called WWF International – is now located in Gland, Switzerland.

WWF is an independent foundation registered under Swiss law.

The organization has offices in more than 80 countries around the world.

It employs around 2,500 full time staff …and values the support of more than 5 million people.

Over the 50 years since it was founded, WWF invested almost US$10 billion in more than 13,000 projects.


WWF-Malaysia is a national conservation trust affiliated to the WWF global network.

Working to promote harmony between human beings and nature for four decades, the organisation to date runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental protection and nature conservation work in Malaysia.

WWF-Malaysia has come a long way since its coming into being on the 13th of January 1972. In the early days we had solely focused on wildlife conservation such as saving endangered species like the tigers and turtles, today our work has extended to encompass marine and forest conservation as well; from to protecting our highlands and forests, and also our rivers and seas.

We now also undertake scientific field research, public awareness campaigns, business and industry engagement, environmental education as well as policy advocacy. WWF-Malaysia works hand in hand with local communities to improve their livelihoods while enabling their participation in conservation as well as training and supporting other environmental protection organisations in Malaysia.

We are privileged to have more than 70,000 supporters who interact with us on Facebook; about 52,000 individual supporters who fund 34 critical projects; and even more financial backing from the corporations.

With your continued support, we stand the best chance of saving our biodiversity as well as achieving the sustainable management of our natural resources, to safeguard our good quality of life, and that of our children and future generations. WWF-Malaysia thanks you for your valuable support.

Who We Are

Established as a national conservation trust on 13 January 1972, WWF-Malaysia began as a humble two person-organisation. Today, we have close to 200 people working for us – from Kedah to Sabah. Also known as Tabung Alam Malaysia, we are governed by a Board of Trustees.

Learn more about usour history and our people.

” In the face of massive, unprecedented threats to the natural world – especially climate change and unsustainable resource management – WWF will focus on truly global conservation priorities which can achieve real and lasting change. “

– James P Leape, Director General, WWF International

July 6, 2019

George Town Festivals 2019

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George Town Heritage Celebration

6-8 July 2019

( download e-booklet HERE )


George Town Festival

13-28 July 2019

Returning for its tenth edition in 2019, George Town Festival will be delivering an entirely new way of experiencing arts to everyone. This year, the Festival embodies the idea of making arts accessible to all, regardless of age or background.

From traditional auditoriums to halls, shop house walls, historic buildings, cafes and kopitiams (traditional coffee shops), a vast amount of visual art, theatre, music, dance, comedy, film, photography and more will be showcased throughout the 16 days to make sure that there is something for everyone.

The Festival will start with a miraculous night – ‘When Night Falls, a two-day event which will bring together an eclectic array of illuminated artworks from across the globe. Areas around Esplanade where it is a waterfront location in the heart of George Town will be transformed into a glowing playground with showcases of lights and rays as well as projection mapping.

The second weekend with the themeArt in the City’ will bring visitors shuttle through the diversity and transition of various arts aspects in George Town World Heritage Site. The two-day event gathers artists from near and far to organise arts-related events with the utilisation of intriguing venues, happening all at once in the city.

The grand finale of George Town Festival 2019, ‘The Extravaganza’ will cast all the artists from local and overseas in performing arts ranging from contemporary, traditional to novelty performances to form an enormous art bash that worth a universal celebration.

The weekdays on the fortnight will see various forms of thought-provoking artistic activities such as performances, film screening, workshop, sharing session, talk and more to celebrate the blossom of wondrous arts.

With such a vast array of programmes, George Town Festival 2019 is a place to see, learn and experience the transformational nature of arts, cultures and heritage in a brand new way.

View programmes and download

Festival e-booklet HERE



June 11, 2019

TAR Public Lectures : Entrepreneurship – Creating the future you want

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