Penang to Host Officiation Ceremony for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009

Dato’ Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry is scheduled to officiate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 campaign for northern corridor at Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), this Thursday, 19 NOV 2009.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009, co-founded by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and Make Your Mark in the United Kingdom will see nearly 10,000 activities organized by thousands of partners from at least 88 countries, including at least 500 activites towards promoting entrepreneurship in Malaysia – which put Malaysia on #3 spot in the world, or top-most in Asia in term or number of activities pledged.

Endorses include President Barack Obama via in person video speech by US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and various business and government personalities around the world. In Malaysia, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Higher Education is the patron since 2008, and has rallied educational institutions to participate in this campaign. Saifuddin has remarked on pushing towards creation of Entrepreneurship Unit in his ministry.

Interested entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial aspirants are welcome to join this event, free for all students, and limited to two free participants for each organization – private or government. Speakers will include Mr Dhaksinamoory Balakrishnan, often called “Dash”, CEO of Warisan Global, Malaysian host for GEW.

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For more information about GEW 2009, refer

The seven principles to success

10 Januari – Mahasiswa perlu menghayati 7 prinsip utama dalam menjayakan universiti setelah dipilih sebagai universiti APEX pertama negara ini. Ketujuh-tujuh prinsip tersebut ialah Masa Hadapan, Kelainan, Kelestarian, Kemanusiaan, Kesejagatan, Perubahan dan Pengorbanan.

Dalam ucapannya kepada lebih 300 orang pemimpin pelajar yang menghadiri Kursus Kepimpinan di dewan kuliah U, USM, Naib Canselor, Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak menjelaskan bahawa kejayaan USM sebagai sebuah Universiti APEX dapat dicapai melalui penghayatan dan pengisian terhadap ketujuh-tujuh prinsip tersebut.

Read the entire “TUJUH PRINSIP KEJAYAAN UNIVERSITI APEX” article at Berita USM.

Penang’s First

It’s time for Penangites to be proud of its history on being many of the firsts in Malaysia, and some in South East Asia too…

  • Religion – 1734+
  1. Masjid Jamek Batu Uban is possibly the oldest mosque in Penang and the oldest surviving mosque in Malaysia if present claims on the structure to have been built as early as in 1734 are verified. The builder was named to be Laksamana/Nakhoda Intan Nam Tunku Patis Batang or also known as Haji Mohammad Salleh a seafarer from Acheh, Northern Sumatera (now part of Indonesia). This will make it much older than the more popular Kapitan Keling Mosque (also in Penang – 1801) and Kampung Laut Mosque (in Tumpat, Kelantan – 1730s, but moved from its original site to Kampung Nilam Puri in 1960s). If such claims are proven to be correct, the history taught in Malaysian school books all these past few decades would have to be changed, specifically on the part that claims that British Sir Francis Light established the first civilized settlement on the island of Penang which might turn out to be 42 years later.
  2. St George ‘s Anglican Church on Farquhar Street, established in 1816, is the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia and the only building from Penang that was declared one of the 50 National Treasures by the Malaysian Government.

  • British Outpost (1786)
    First in the then Malaya and South East Asia
  • Public/Governance Services – 1807+
    1. The Royal Malaysian Police was established when King George III awarded Penang a ‘Charter of Justice’ in 1807 to form the police force and the Court of Justice.
    2. The Municipal Council of Penang Island (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang), is the successor of the Municipal Council of George Town, which was established in 1857 as Malaysia’s first local authority.
    3. George Town, the state capital of Penang, became a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 1 January 1957, becoming the first town in the Federation of Malaya to become a city.
    4. Covering 738 km², the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai) is the largest local authority in Malaysia.
    5. The 2,562-hectare Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang gazetted in 2003 is the world’s smallest national park
  • Education (Schools) – 1816+
    1. Penang Free School founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings in 1816, is the first and oldest English School in South East Asia.
    2. The Sekolah Kebangsaan Gelugor in Penang founded in 1826 is the first Malay school to be established in Malaysia.
    3. The St Xavier’s Institution established in 1852, is the first school established in Malaysia to be administered and fully owned by the La Salle Brothers.
    4. Convent Light Street or the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, a girls’ school established by a French Sisters’ Mission in 1852, is the oldest girls’ school in South East Asia.
    5. Chung Hwa Confucian School founded by Cheong Fatt Tze in 1904, was one of the oldest formal Chinese Schools established in South-east Asia as a result of influence by the educational reforms in China in early 1900s. Mandarin is the school’s medium of instruction.
  • Media – 1837+
    1. The country’s first newspaper made its appearance in Penang in 1805 – the Prince of Wales Island Gazette. This was followed by the Penang Gazette, first published in 1837.
    2. Malaysia’s oldest Chinese newspaper still in circulation today, Kwong Wah Yit Poh or Kwong Wah Daily (光华日报) was founded on 20 December 1910 by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in Penang.
  • Entertainment/Sports – 1864+
    1. The Penang Turf Club, established in 1864, is Malaysia’s oldest horse racing and equestrian centre.
    2. The Penang Players Music and Drama Society, the oldest English amateur theatre group in Malaysia, was founded in the early 1950s by a group of expatriates residing in Penang.
  • Finance/Banking – 1875+
    1. Standard Chartered Bank, the oldest bank in Malaysia, opened its doors in 1875.
    2. Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (now known as HSBC) and UK-based Royal Bank of Scotland (then ABN AMRO) also opened among their earliest branches in Penang, in 1885 and 1888 respectively.

Arts & Cultural Heritage Entities/Groups in Penang


Janet Pillai / Chen Yoke Pin
Web site:
Tel: 04-6533060 / 012-3619113
Fax: 04- 6560461/ 04- 6576296
Project 1) Anak-Anak Kota – Innercity George Town
Project 2) MyBALIKpulau
This heritage education program is designed to complement efforts at conservation
and sustainability of local cultural assets in Penang. It creates awareness and
educates young residents on the importance of conserving their living and built
heritage (architecture, trades, crafts, customs, food etc). The creative arts (music,
dance, theatre, visual arts) are used to raise awareness.

Lestari Heritage Network
Khoo Salma
Web site:
Tel: (04) 262 0123
Fax: (04) 263 3970
Address: 120 Armenian Street 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Project – Little Penang Street Market
Little Penang is organised by a group of Penang people who care about keeping Penang
culturally vibrant. It aims to provide a regular market-place and platform for Penang-
based talents in arts and crafts, design and music.

Penang Heritage Trust
Magdeline/ Ho Sheau Fung
Web site:
Tel: (04) 2642631
Fax: (04) 262 8421
Address: 26A, Church Street, 10200 Penang.


Young Theatre Penang
65, Jalan Sungai Kelian,
Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Penang.
Janet Pillai (Ms), 8995016 / 016- 4402656

Zao Xin Chang
(Pertubuhan Dramatis Pulau Pinang)
232, Mc Nair Street, 10300 Penang
Tel: 04-6375753
Fax: 04-2633800
Tan Hock Kheng (Mr)

Penang Players
PO Box 9, 10700, Penang
Tel: 04-8903009
H/P: 012-5512616
Joelle Saint-Arnoult (Ms)

D-3-7, Taman Desa Relau, Lebuh Relau 2
11900, Bayan Lepas,Penang
Tel: 012 4123008
Jason Ong

Penang Arts Council
c/o 5 th Floor, Wisma Penang Garden,
42, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
10050 Penang.
Tel: 04-2268477
Fax: 04-2268285
Pamela Ong (Ms)

Pertubuhan Seni Gubahan Lagu Pulau Pinang (NGC)
75, Lebuh Katz, 11400 Penang.
Tel: 04-2643615
Fax: 04-6593393
H/P: 016-4529916
Chong Boon Yee (Mr)