Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

November 4, 2017

George Town 3 days Festivals from November – December 2017

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The George Town Literary Festival is the largest international literary festival in Malaysia which is supported and funded by the State Government of Penang. Held annually in the World UNESCO Heritage site of George Town, the GTLF is one of the last bastions of free speech in Malaysia and has a specific focus on world literature. The festival invites local and international writers, poets and performers to engage in topics and themes that are crucial to the world we live in. The GTLF believes in the power of free speech and expression, and is committed to being one of the most urgent, vital and provocative literary festivals in the region.

In a world ruled by demagogues, we are reminded of a time when the immortals – the gods – ruled, where myth and legends pervaded our understanding of the world and the cosmos, where human beings were human and the gods immortal. Monsters lived in their midst and it was one of the reasons the gods went to war, to wage battle against fearsome beasts who threatened all manner of destruction. But there were also men who became monsters, who turned against all that was good and all that was human. ‘Monsters & (Im)Mortals’ looks at light and dark; of genius and madness, reality and fantasy, the element of the shadow in literature and of divine tragedy. Link : George Town Literary Festival 


The In-Between Arts Festival 2017 will be a showcase that unfolds the diversity of culture and religious celebrations in Penang. A creative collision of art and culture presentation that includes performances, traditional trades, traditional games, local food & beverages as well as a pop-up market where bits from each of the activities will reflect genuine culture of the city. The festival will take visitors in exploring the spellbinding beauty of Armenian Park, the cultural anchor that best expresses the atmosphere. For three days, visitors can learn offerings of the most authentic cultural elements and community events at one place. Get “culture-overloaded” at IbAF2017 where you’ll see, learn and be hands-on with some of Penang’s most precious culture and traditional practices. Link : In-Between Arts Festival


The Penang Island Jazz Festival which began in 2004 is an independent festival organized by The Capricorn Connection started out as a two day event with 12 groups from 6 countries has expanded into four days and has featured over 100 groups from over 25 countries to date. Besides the outdoor main “Jazz By The Beach” stage featuring local and international performers, the festival, which is held annually on the first weekend of December on the island of Penang Malaysia has a number of other supporting musical activities such as workshops, forum, exhibitions, drum circle, charity dinner and fringe stages. The festival attracts a regional audience and has established itself to be one of the more highly anticipated and important musical festivals in the South East Asian Region.   Link for Programme & Tickets


Jenulang Fest – Orang Asli Event

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Please note that this festival

has been postphoned to January 2018.

Contact the organiser for updates.


For the first time ever, Penang will be hosting an Orang Asli cultural and mini settlement event.

Tons of cultural and fun activities awaiting you in Fort Cornwallis.

You don’t have to leave Penang to experience the unique cultures of Orang Asli.



• Mini traditional village of Orang Asli (whole day)

• Cultural performances from different tribes of Orang Asli (7.00 PM onwards)

• Talks and forums on Orang Asli’s struggle and survival. (2.00 PM onwards)

• Film screenings on the life and stories of Orang Asli of Malaysia (3.00 PM onwards)

• Recreational games of Orang Asli including the famous sumpit that you can try yourself (whole day)

• Cooking demonstrations and sampling of traditional food (whole day)

• Orang Asli products and crafts up for sale (whole day)


Bring your family and spend the weekend in Fort Cornwallis with Jenulang Fest this 18th November.

Admission to Fort Cornwallis will be FREE the whole day, so do come!

See you at Jenulang Fest!


If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact JENULANG FEST organiser via email:

penggerakkomunitimuda@gmail.com or call 0164972135 Mr Chew.

Thank you and have a nice day.

The Rise of China – Penang Institute

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Penang Institute is proud to host a public lecture entitled “The Rise of China and the Question of the Confucian World Order” which is scheduled as follows:

Date    : 17 November 2017 (Friday)
Time   : 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM; Door Opens 5.30pm
Venue : Conference Hall 1, Penang Institute, No. 10, Jalan Brown, George Town.

The Rise of China and the Question of the Confucian World Order

Professor Joyce Liu will address the question of epistemic imperialism and discursive coloniality in Confucianism as perceived in the context of East Asia. She will put into perspective contemporary tension of power reshuffling between Pax Americana and Pax Sinica in order to discuss the meaning of the renaissance of Confucianism in China in recent decades. It would be difficult to think the possibility of epidemic decoloniality either in East Asia or in the global context unless we unmask the lure of Confucianism which regains its great impact in the age of neo-liberalist capitalism in the 21st century.

Joyce C. H. Liu

Joyce C.H. Liu is Professor of Critical Theory, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature in the
Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. She is currently the Chair of the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies that she founded in 2002. She is also the Director of the International Institute for Cultural Studies of the University System of Taiwan. She has served as the chief editor of the only journal of cultural studies in Taiwan, Routers: A Journal of Cultural Studies, since 2011.

She has been a critic of East-Asian modernity and internal coloniality, particularly through re-reading Chinese intellectual history of the twentieth century and the contemporary geo-politics in inter-Asian societies. Her works concentrate on the question of aesthetics, ethics, and politics, ranging from contemporary critical theories to Chinese political thoughts, to questions of border politics, unequal citizenship, internal coloniality, and visual studies.

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Diabetes Awareness Campaign at Tesco Extra

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October 18, 2017

Aliran Young Writers’ Workshop

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For more info and online registration, please visit the Aliran website below :

Young Writers’ Workshop

Happy Deepavali from TSNRA

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October 10, 2017

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Quote by one of my favourite writers,  JRR Tolkien, who wrote ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’.

There are plenty of things even the most ardent fans don’t know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who was born in 1892.

Here are 10 of them.


As a linguist and expert on Old English and Old Norse literature, Tolkien was a professor at Oxford University from 1925 until 1959. He was also a tireless instructor, teaching between 70 and 136 lectures a year (his contract only called for 36). But the best part is the way he taught those classes. Although quiet and unassuming in public, Tolkien wasn’t the typical stodgy, reserved stereotype of an Oxford don in the classroom. He went to parties dressed as a polar bear, chased a neighbor dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior, and was known to hand shopkeepers his false teeth as payment. As one of his students put it, “He could turn a lecture room into a mead hall.”


Tolkien saw himself as a scholar first and a writer second. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were largely Tolkien’s attempt to construct a body of myth, and their success caught him largely unaware. In fact, he spent years rejecting, criticizing, and shredding adaptations of his work that he didn’t believe captured its epic scope and noble purpose. He was also utterly skeptical of most LOTR fans, who he believed were incapable of really appreciating the work, and he probably would have been horrified by movie fandom dressing up like Legolas.


To Tolkien, writing fantasy fiction was simply a hobby. The works he considered most important were his scholarly works, which included Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics, a modern translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and A Middle English Vocabulary.


At age 16, Tolkien fell in love with Edith Bratt, three years his senior. His guardian, a Catholic priest, was horrified that his ward was seeing a Protestant and ordered the boy to have no contact with Edith until he turned 21. Tolkien obeyed, pining after Edith for years until that fateful birthday, when he met with her under a railroad viaduct. She broke off her engagement to another man, converted to Catholicism, and the two were married for the rest of their lives. At Tolkien’s instructions, their shared gravestone has the names “Beren” and “Luthien” engraved on it, a reference to a famous pair of star-crossed lovers from the fictional world he created.


Tolkien’s fellow Oxford don C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) is often identified as his best friend and closest confidant. But the truth is, the pair had a much more troubled relationship. At first, the two authors were very close. In fact, Tolkien’s wife Edith was reportedly jealous of their friendship. And it was Tolkien who convinced Lewis to return to Christianity. But their relationship cooled over what Tolkien perceived as Lewis’s anti-Catholic leanings and scandalous personal life (he had been romancing an American divorcee at the time). Although they would never be as close as they were before, Tolkien regretted the separation. After Lewis died, Tolkien wrote in a letter to his daughter that, “So far I have felt … like an old tree that is losing all its leaves one by one: this feels like an axe-blow near the roots.”


Well, the extra-curricular, after-school sort. Wherever Tolkien went, he was intimately involved in the formation of literary and scholarly clubs. As a professor at Leeds University, for example, he formed the Viking Club. And during his stint at Oxford, he formed the Inklings, a literary discussion group.


Tolkien was a veteran of the First World War, and served as a second lieutenant in the 11th (Service) Battalion of the British Expeditionary Force in France. He was also present for some of the most bloody trench fighting of the war, including the Battle of the Somme. The deprivations of Frodo and Sam on their road to Mordor may have had their origins in Tolkien’s time in the trenches, during which he contracted a chronic fever from the lice that infested him and was forced to return home. He would later say that all but one of his close friends died in the war, giving him a keen awareness of its tragedy that shines through in his writing.


A philologist by trade, Tolkien kept his mind exercised by inventing new languages, many of which (like the Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin) he used extensively in his writing. He even wrote songs and poems in his fictional languages. In addition, Tolkien worked to reconstruct and write in extinct languages like Medieval Welsh and Lombardic. His poem “BagmÄ“ BlomÄ” (“Flower of the Trees”) might be the first original work written in the Gothic language in over a millennium.


Most authors have to be content with the works they produce during their lifetime, but not Tolkien. His scribblings and random notes, along with manuscripts he never bothered to publish, have been edited, revised, compiled, redacted, and published in dozens of volumes after his death, most of them produced by his son Christopher. While Tolkien’s most famous posthumous publication is The Silmarillion, other works include The History of Middle Earth, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Hurin, and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.


Tolkien’s academic writings on Old Norse and Germanic history, language, and culture were extremely popular among the Nazi elite, who were obsessed with recreating ancient Germanic civilization. But Tolkien was disgusted by Hitler and the Nazi party, and made no secret of the fact. He considered forbidding a German translation of The Hobbit after the German publisher, in accordance with Nazi law, asked him to certify that he was an “Aryan.” Instead, he wrote a scathing letter asserting, among other things, his regret that he had no Jewish ancestors. His feelings are also evidenced in a letter he wrote to his son: “I have in this War a burning private grudge—which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I was at 22: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler … Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light.”

October 7, 2017

The 1st Penang Medical Expo 2017

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For more info, please visit link below :

PMEX 2017 

Telling Stories : The Making of History, Society and Territory in Malaysia

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Telling Stories :
The Making of History, Society and Territory in Malaysia

Dear Sir/Madam,

Penang Institute and Khazanah Nasional are proud to host Telling Stories: The Making of History, Society and Territory in Malaysia“, a seminar featuring Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin.

        Date        : 30 October 2017 (Monday)
        Time       : 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Registration starts at 5:30pm)
        Venue     : Multipurpose Hall, Bangunan UAB, Penang

A History of Malaysia, written by Barbara Andaya and Leonard Andaya, was published in 1982 and translated into Malay in 1984. The second edition was published in 2001 and the third edition in 2017. For more than 30 years it has been the history book Malaysianists, both local and abroad, have referred to and accepted as a benchmark.

An excellent publication such as this often invites detailed factual and conceptual historical questions unanswered in the book, as is the case with Richard O. Winstedt’s Malaya and Its History (1948) and many others on the history of Malaya or Malaysia. They only “tell stories”.

The answers to the questions are found in the “history of history” or the “making’ of history, society and territory in Malaysia”. It is, in turn, grounded in what is known as “colonial knowledge” – those forms and bodies of knowledge that enabled European colonisers, with the collaboration of the colonised indigenous elites, to achieve domination over their subjects around the globe. In other words, European colonialism began with “an epistemological conquest” before the economic and physical conquest, namely through the process of “define and rule” before “divide and rule”.

Arguably, modern postcolonial Malaysia continues, until today, to survive and thrive, deeply embedded in the colonial knowledge framework.


Shamsul Amri Baharuddin is one of the only four Distinguished Professors in Malaysia to date. Currently, he is Deputy Chair, National Council of Professors, Malaysia and the Pro-Tem Chair, Academy of Social Science & Humanities, Malaysia. Recently, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as a Member, of the National Science Council, Malaysia. He also sits on the International Advisory Panel, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, and the Advisory Panel of PNB Research Institute (PNBRI). He is the leading architect of Malaysia’s National Unity Blueprint 2015.

Trained as a social anthropologist in Malaysia and Australia, he was a post-doctoral fellow at ISEAS, Singapore in 1984-85 and, later, at the CNRS, Paris in 1986. Since 1973, he has researched, lectured and published extensively on the theme “economic development, culture and politics,” with an empirical focus on maritime Southeast Asia and Malaysia. He is often consulted by public and private sector interests on matters relating to risk study/issues. He frequently comments on local and international mass media, on history and current affairs of the region, such as for local newspapers, TV stations and online news and the Al-Jazeera, National Geographic Channel, Channelnews Asia (Singapore), BBC (London), ABC (Melbourne).

For successfully promoting Asian Studies globally, in 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Academic Prize, Fukuoka Cultural Award, Japan; the only other Malaysian recipient after Royal Professor Ungku Aziz (1993).

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Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng
Executive Director,
Penang Institute

Cosmopolitanism : Past, Present and Future

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Cosmopolitanism : Past, Present and Future –

Only Hope for a Peaceful World


Dear Sir/Madam,

Penang Institute is proud to host a public lecture & book launch Cosmopolitanism : Past, Present and Future – Only Hope for a Peaceful World” which is scheduled as follows:

Date        : 9 October 2017 (Monday)
Time       : 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Registration starts at 4:30pm)
Venue     : Conference Hall 1, Penang InstituteNo. 10-12, Jalan Brown, George Town, Penang

Synopsis of lecture:

Rapid globalisation, fuelled by the exponential rate at which technology is moving today, calls for greater acceptance of diversity and engagement. Human beings are not hard-wired to embrace and celebrate difference, but our educational offerings have to promote a healthier respect for this concept if peace in this world is to be achieved. Cosmopolitan ethics — the ethics of listening to the other even if we do not like what they are saying — entails respecting the other, celebrating their diversity and engaging with them with a view to address human needs on the basis of a shared humanity. Pluralism, a process where this engagement is possible, constitutes our greatest hope in a world that is experiencing traumatic upheavals. Dr Mohamed M. Keshavjee, lawyer, author and a global specialist on cross-cultural mediation, and recipient of the 2016 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award, discusses this concept in its contemporary setting.

Synopsis of Diasporic Distractions:

This book, made up of 16 short stories, captures the diasporic lives of the Indians of Africa in the 1960s when the continent witnessed the historic “winds of change” which led to decolonisation. Political independence gave rise to a crisis of expectations and this called for major readjustments with the result that ethnic minorities inevitably became compromised and marginal to the process of nation building. In this book, the author Mohamed M. Keshavjee captures the mood of this period with great wit and a touch of irony. Though focusing on the African Indians, the book is of great interest to all minorities in the world who today have to contend with rising native populism fixated on a historic past that, at best, is mythical, and a rejection of the present which is myopic and irrational. A must read by all those who find the present world dystopic and xenophobic!

Dr Mohamed M. Keshavjee

Dr Mohamed M Keshavjee is a lawyer and a specialist in international cross-cultural mediation. A second-generation South African of Indian origin who lived in Africa during the historic “wind of change” era, he witnessed the political independence of the East African countries, the post-independence years in Kenya and the Ugandan Asian expulsion of the 1970s, following which, he spent some years in the United Kingdom and Canada. In the 1980s he went to work in France with an international organisation and travelled extensively throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. During this time, he went back to university, specialised in conflict resolution and pioneered a training programme in Family and Commercial Mediation through which he trained mediators in over 25 countries. He is now settled permanently in the United Kingdom where he lectures on law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. This is his third hook. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award for his global endeavours in the field of mediation. In addition to being a member of the panel of experts for the International Social Service of Switzerland, he is also a trustee of the Darwin InternationalInstitute for the Study of Compassion in the United Kingdom.

Kindly register your interest here.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your family and friends.


Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng
Executive Director,
Penang Institute

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