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October 18, 2017

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).

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

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

Love Your Heart – Public Health Talk for World Heart Day

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World Heart Day 2017


September 27, 2017

World Pharmacists’ Day 2017

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World Pharmacists’ Day 2017

September 25, 2017

Relay for Life

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Our Mission

Relay for Life is a worldwide movement that aims to spread the key messages about cancer as well as raise much needed funds for cancer services. It started in USA, under the American Cancer Society, and is now held in over 20 countries around the world.

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Penang Branch initiated the Relay in Malaysia, in 2005. KL and Malacca now also hold Relays. We look forward to other Malaysian states joining in.

The Meaning of Relay

Relay brings us together as a community in our fight against cancer. It affirms that we can do things to protect ourselves and our loved ones against cancer; that we need to know more and spread knowledge to others; and that we can celebrate this fight together over the months of the Relay campaign, and of course at the final Relay event.
There are three key concepts for Relay which apply to us as individuals and as a Relay community: celebrate, remember, fight back.

We celebrate survivorship and everyone involved in fighting and supporting people in their fight against cancer – survivors, carers, families, and friends. The first lap at Relay is walked by survivors and their carers/supporters.
We remember those who have fought cancer. At Relay, we do this especially through the very special Luminaria ceremony. Hundreds of luminaria bags, dedicated to loved ones, line the track and are left burning throughout the night. It’s a spectacular sight.

We commit ourselves to fight back against cancer, through the various activities of Relay and beyond. This includes carrying the key messages (see Our Key Messages) to as many people as we possibly can, making sure people understand cancer better, how we can fight it, and where we can go for help.

Many people also ask why the ‘Relay’ at the final event. This year this will be overnight starting at about 6pm 30th September 2017 and going through till 10am 1st. October 2017. As many of you will know, in addition to all the entertainment, food, and other stalls which fill the Youth Park field, there is a track which teams and individuals take turns to walk around (Relay for Life!). The sixteen hours of ‘relaying’ symbolise the journey of a cancer patient and the non-stop fight against cancer. As we walk around the track, we can think about the initial diagnosis of a cancer patient, and then, as time goes in, the various stages of reaction and treatment that patients and carers go through. It is a long journey for many, full of conflicting emotions, ranging from hope to despair. All this can be seen in our overnight Relay – and that is why we ask teams to keep at least one person on the track at all times, to share and symbolise our support for survivors and our communal fight against cancer.

Together we can make a difference.

Together we can fight cancer!

Pesta Tanglung 2017

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Ulu Muda : Is the Northern Economic Region’s Water Security threatened?

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Penang Institute, the public policy think tank of the Penang state government is proud to host a forum entitledUlu Muda : Is the Northern Corridor Economic Region’s Water Security Being Threatened” which is scheduled as follows:

Date        : 27 September 2017 (Wednesday)
Time       : 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Registration starts at 5:00pm)
Venue     : Conference Hall 1, Penang Institute, No. 10, Jalan Brown, George Town, Penang

The 160,000-hectare Ulu Muda forest reserve in Kedah is an important water catchment area supplying raw water to Penang, Kedah and Perlis. Around 80% of Penang’s raw water supply comes from Sungai Muda, which originates in the Ulu Muda area. This river also accounts for 96% of Kedah’s water supply and 50% of Perlis’ as well. The Muda irrigation scheme in Kedah, which accounts for about 40% of total rice production in Malaysia, also relies greatly on water sourced from the Ulu Muda Reserve. The Ulu Muda region is clearly vital to the environmental well-being of the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).

However, Ulu Muda is facing serious threats. The rampant legal and illegal logging activities that are taking place there is believed to affect Muda river’s ability to supply raw water to Penang, Perlis and Kedah. Cutting down of trees in Ulu Muda will affect its ability to catch rainwater, and will seriously affect the quantity and quantity of raw water available from the Muda river. The logging activities will also have detrimental effects on the Ulu Muda’s rich biodiversity and wildlife population.

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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