Gol terbaik dunia 2016 bersejarah di Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang

Terbaharu, Faiz Subri, 29, pemain bolasepak negeri Pulau Pinang, telah sah memenangi anugerah Puskas FIFA, yang pertama kali dimenangi oleh pemain Asia.

Tonton klip majlis penerimaan anugerah tersebut yang telah ditonton oleh lebih 400,000 orang (setakat hari kedua):

#penangtop !

Faiz ditemani isteri dan dua anak serta Timbalan Presiden FAM di majlis pengumuman bersejarah buat Malaysia ini di Zurich, Switzerland.

#faizsubri13

Infografik oleh BERNAMA tentang Anugerah Puskas FIFA yang mula diperkenalkan pada 2009 – dimenangi pertamanya oleh pemain Portugal Christiano Ronaldo.

Untuk analisis dan laporan panjang kajian tentang gol terulung tersebut, boleh baca di http://fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2016/m=12/news=the-physics-behind-subri-s-swerve-2860614.html

Sumber fakta dan media dari FIFA, Daily Mirror, Yahoo Sports, The Star Online dan NST Online.

Pelancongan di Pulau Pinang merudum?

Kalau sebut saja “Pulau Pinang” atau “Penang”, apa yang terus menerjah di minda kebanyakan orang ialah negeri di utara Semenanjung Malaysia sebagai destinasi pelancongan yang agak menarik, dan untuk yang pernah datang atau tinggal di situ, sebagai lokasi yang dirindui, baik oleh orang tempatan di Malaysia mahupun orang dari luar negara.

Perkara ini jelas disokong oleh analisa melalui Google Insight, biarpun media-media tempatan lewat ini lebih banyak mengutarakan topik-topik berkisar politik mahupun perniagaan atau industri tertentu yang mana tak dapat juga dipisahkan jauh dari ekonomi berdasarkan pelancongan atau imigrasi kumpulan orang-orang dari beberapa negara – sama ada untuk berkerja, berniaga ataupun sekadar bersiar-siar yang mana topik-topik carian utama adalah didominasikan hal-hal perhotelan, peta dan restoran serta Jambatan Pulau Pinang yang terkenal.


(Ini berbeza misalnya dengan negeri-negeri lain di utara Semenanjung – Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan dan Terengganu yang mana carian-carian tertumpu berkisar politik dan kerajaan, keagamaan, pekerjaan, pendidikan, hiburan dan sukan, dan sebagainya, yakni isu-isu setempat).

Malah, orang Pulau Pinang sendiri amat gemar melancong (selain orang Kedah, Sabah dan Melaka):

Bagaimanapun, tahukah anda bahawa Pulau Pinang semakin kehilangan pelancong asing, mahupun minat ramai orang sebagai destinasi percutian pilihan? Google Insight misalnya menunjukkan tahap carian yang amendatar selama enam tahun sejak tahun 2004


Begitu juga dengan laporan yang diwartakan di laman rasmi Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang yang mana jelas menunjukkan penurunan ketara pelancong asing, berjumlah lebih 750,000 orang setahun atau lebih sepertiga bagi tempoh enam tahun dari 2001 hingga 2006. Jumlah ketibaan pelawat luar di Pelabuhan Swettenham dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Bayan Lepas juga merosot lebih 150,000 orang ataupun lebih 20% dalam tempoh yang sama:

Malah kebanyakan orang di Malaysia sendiri lebih gemar melancong ke destinasi luar negara seperti Macau dan Taiwan. Destinasi tempatan pula seperti Melaka, Terengganu dan Sabah/Borneo juga lebih menjadi pilihan berbanding Pulau Pinang:


Untuk orang tempatan, pastinya kehadiran orang luar dari Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, China dan negara-negara Arab lebih disedari walaupun, secara tradisinya kita seolah-olah diberi gambaran bahawa lebih banyak pelancong asing dari Eropah, Australia atau Jepun yang meminati Pulau Pinang sebagai destinasi percutian.

Kurangkah memberangsangkan?

Apa perlu hanya menuding jadi meletakkan tanggungjawab kepada pihak kerajaan atau mana-mana pihak tertentu termasuk penduduk Pulau Pinang sendiri? Atau mungkin kita hanya perlu merubah tumpuan kepada perkembangan terkini, khususnya untuk pengusaha-pengusaha tempatan?

Pertama, kita tahu tentang ketibaan ramai pekerja asing, yakni, industri-industri yang memerlukan pekerja murah akan terus berkembang khasnya di bidang pembuatan dan khidmat hospitaliti – makanan dan penginapan.

Kedua, laporan terkini juga menyerlahkan perkembangan positif di bidang pelancongan perubatan (medical tourism) atau mungkin juga di bidang pendidikan. Laporan The Star misalnya menyatakan bidang pelancongan perubatan di Malaysia meningkat tiga kali ganda sejak 2003 kepada 341,288 orang menyumbang kepada kutipan lebih RM300 juta dan catatan peningkatan 16% pada tahun 2008. Lebih dua pertiga ‘pelancong’ terbabit adalah dari Indonesia, dan selebihnya ramai dari Singapura (10%), Jepun (5%) dan Eropah (3%). Laporan tersebut juga menyatakan Pulau Pinang, Melaka dan Johor sebagai destinasi pilihan, (The Star: Malaysian medical tourism growing, http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/2/14/business/3245091&sec=business ) yang mana Pulau Pinang mencatatkan lebih 50,000 pelancong perubatan pada tahun terbaru. Untuk senarai hospital berkaitan, rujuk http://www.tourismpenang.gov.my/medical_tourism.html

Ketiga, berdasarkan carian di Google, pengusaha tempatan perlu menumpukan hospitaliti lebih khususnya untuk pelancong domestik dari Lembah Kelang (Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor) serta Johor. Ini supaya lebih ramai pelancong ‘cuti-cuti Malaysia’ orang tempatan datang menjenguk Pulau Pinang. Kalaupun penumpuan adalah untuk menarik pelancong dari negara luar, lebihkan untuk orang dari Singapura, Australia, Hong Kong dan Thailand.

FAKTA BIASA? Macam mana tu?

Tumpukan penginapan bajet, tarikan pelancongan keindahan alam khususnya pantai, taman dan trek hutan, dan makanan yang sedap tapi tidak terlalu mahal! Tak perlu terlalu lebih berbelanja untuk pertunjukan budaya kononnya untuk pelancong luar!!

Kalaupun nak dibuat pertujukan kebudayaan dan keseniaan, fikir tentang orang Malaysia sendiri, yakni budaya dan seni tempatan yang boleh disertai sekali ataupun, seni/kebudayaan luar supaya pelancong tempatan tak perlu berbelanja besar ke luar negara, tapi menikmati hiburan seakan-akan luar dalam negara sendiri!

FOKUS di Pulau Pinang:

1. PANTAI:

  • Batu Feringgi
  • Pantai Monyet
  • Pantai Kerachut
  • Tanjong Bungah
  • Pantai Pasir Panjang

2. BUKIT:

  • Bukit Bendera
  • Bukit Jambul
  • Bukit Relau (Anjung Indah)
  • Bukit Mertajam

3. HUTAN LIPUR

  • Hutan Lipur Cherok To’Kun
  • Hutan Lipur Bukit Panchor
  • Taman Negara Teluk Bahang

4. PULAU PERANGINAN/RIADAH:

  • Pulau Aman
  • Pulau Rimau
  • Pulau Jerejak


5. LAIN-LAIN (WARISAN/KEBUDAYAAN):

  • Kota Cornwallis
  • Meriam Sri Rambai
  • Menara Jam Peringatan Victoria
  • Rumah Kongsi Suku Khoo
  • Kuil Taoist Dewa Mercy, Pulau Pinang
  • Gereja St George, Anglican, Pulau Pinang
  • Kuil Hindu Maha Mariamman
  • Masjid Kapitan Kling
  • Kuil Kek Lok Si
  • Menara KOMTAR
  • Kuil Kek Lok Si
  • Kuil Ular
  • Empangan Mengkuang
  • Air Hitam Dalam
  • Ampang Jajar Sungai Krian
  • Taman Rekreasi Taman Robina
  • Taman Bandar, Ampang Jajar
  • Taman Burung
  • Perkampungan Tradisional di Bayan Lepas, Balik Pulau, Nibong Tebal, Tasek Gelugor dan sebagainya.

SEKALI LAGI, fikirkan tentang pelancong Malaysia, bukan pelancong asing! Misalnya, perbanyakkan kempen dan iklan dalam bahasa Melayu, Cina dan Tamil misalnya, bukan sentiasa asyik dalam bahasa Inggeris sahaja.

Kalau tak mau dengar cadangan orang tempatan sendiri, cuba dengar apa penulis New York Times kata semasa memilih Pulau Pinang sebagai destinasi kedua mesti-lawat tahun 2009. (The Star: NY Times readers choose Penang as No 2 must-visit destination for 2009) – Jangan nak roboh saja kalau tak ada perlaksanaan segera untuk gerai-gerai yang betul akan mengambil hati dan minat pelancong Malaysia! (Kalau asyik nak cantik saja kononnya untuk menarik pelancong negara luar, makanan semua nanti naik harga – sebab kos gerai termasuk gerai MPPP/MPSP naik lebih lima kali dalam masa dua dekad ini, justeru harga makanan pun, dan pelancong Malaysia pun bakal makin kurang drastik tak mai!!)

Setuju? Tak Setuju? Nyatakan pendapat anda…

10 Questions with Chief Minister of Penang State

1. Administering the state must be a steep learning curve. How has the journey been so far and what is the biggest challenge? – Johnny Wong, Kepong

Administering an entire government with nearly 10,000 personnel, including both local government councils, definitely has been a steep learning curve. But as long as we are clear on our vision, mission and the governing strategy, we can fulfil the yearning for change and reforms. Our vision is to transform Penang into an international city that is a location of choice for investors, a destination of choice for tourists, and a habitat of choice for those who desire sustainable living. Our mission is establishing a people-centric government that does the three Es – enables the people with education and knowledge, empowers them with rights, freedoms and opportunities, and enriches them with a share in the economic fruits of success. Our governing strategy is to realise both our vision and mission through governance based on CAT (competency, accountability and transparency). An efficient, clean and world-class civil service is a prerequisite to transforming Penang into a high-income economy.

The biggest challenge is changing the mindset in the civil service to accept CAT as our core governing strategy, which emphasises education over propaganda, competency over political background, and excellence over indoctrination. We have to prove that a clean government can perform better than a corrupt one. Everyone is evaluated not on his skin colour, religion, gender or political background, but on performance. The public must be served fairly and treated equally.

2. How do you juggle your many roles in government, party and family? – Sarah Ibrahim, Muar

Multi-tasking works when there is teamwork with congruent goals, excellent back-up from my colleagues and staff, problem resolution gleaned from experience and trust, as well as good time management. But I must admit that I do not spend enough quantity and quality time with my growing children.

3. The Penang government is fighting hard for financial autonomy. How does that limit your aspirations for the state? – Angie, Malacca

Penang never had financial autonomy. From 2001 to 2008, Penang paid to the Federal Government RM25.67bil in the form of taxes and customs duties, but only received RM794mil in federal grants. In other words, Penang got back only 3% of what it contributed between 2001 and 2008.

We have no choice but to go back to basics. Penang’s past successes was grounded in developing our human resources and talents, relying on the private sector and private investments to drive economic growth and development, and providing good governance. That is why we have set up a 200-acre Education Hub in Balik Pulau, supported the expansion of an incubator doing R&D in Penang Skills & Development Corp, and focused on CAT governance. I have tremendous faith in the energy, expertise and entrepreneurship of Penangites.

4. Penang is still filthy due to lack of stringent monitoring and enforcement by local councils. Can Penang sustain its tourism industry given the polluted sea water and indiscriminate land clearing along Batu Ferringhi? – Josephine, Penang

We are continuing the efforts to clean up Penang, and these have gained the recognition of a Minister, who commented that Penang is now cleaner. But it is not easy to clean up the excesses or change the mindset of the past 51 years in a single stroke. Such efforts are complicated by past approvals for hillside development. Understanding the concerns of the local community, my government has not given a single approval for hillside development at Batu Ferringhi despite pressure from developers.

5. Do you feel it’s fair that Khazanah Nasional Bhd is managing the funds allocated by the Federal Government to conserve Penang’s heritage sites?Oh, Malacca

This has been a sore point as George Town and Malacca were jointly listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites and should be accorded fair and equal treatment as promised by the previous prime minister. But what we have seen is the Heritage Department getting RM30mil for Malacca whereas Khazanah gets RM20mil for Penang, despite George Town being 50% larger and having 250% more heritage shophouses. Khazanah’s RM20mil has nothing to do with heritage and was submitted before the conferment of World Heritage status. We should not discriminate against George Town and must take cognisance that a World Heritage status is an honour that must be preserved, protected and promoted.

6. The Indian community was disappointed with your handling of the Lorong Buah Pala issue and there are concerns that you washed your hands off before exhausting all legal avenues to help the residents. As it was the last traditional Indian village in Penang, are there plans to set up an “Indian heritage village” as some Penangites have suggested? – Jimmei Morinae, Prai

The Penang government has never washed its hands off the issue. That is why Lorong Buah Pala will remain on the same piece of land when the 24 double-storey terrace houses for the affected residents are completed. Unfortunately, there are several residents who have placed their trust in people who are offering a RM75,000 apartment instead of my government’s RM600,000 double-storey house. We are willing to consider all proposals, provided they comply with the law and Federal Court rulings.

7. You have adopted CAT in running the state. Do you agree that the monitoring should start from procurement of contracts through open tender system and evaluating the qualified bidders with proven track records? To what extent is this being done? – Sheng, Batu Pahat

Penang is the first government to implement not only an electronic open tender system but also a two-week objection period to allow a review if there are valid complaints from competitors. To further reduce financial temptations, we have cut out the “middle men” by disbursing the money into the accounts.

Previously, one may need “political cables” to win contracts. Now all we need is a simple computer cable.

To protect and encourage whistleblowers, an Integrity Award of RM10,000 was introduced for civil servants.

We have reaped benefits from our reforms by having surplus budgets for 2008 and 2009 despite projected deficits of RM35mil and RM39mil respectively. For 2008, we recorded a surplus of RM88mil.

8. The number of Malaysians migrating in 2008 has more than doubled from that in 2007. Do you think this will get worst, and why? What ought to be done? – Karen Yeoh, Kuala Lumpur

The brain drain is our country’s most acute problem and it must be resolved if we are to transit ourselves into a high-income economy. The brain drain will only worsen if the country continues to treat our best and brightest with indifference bordering on disdain. To arrest the decline, we have to focus on merit and higher productivity.

Then only should Malaysia offer higher pay to not only retain but also attract human talent. By imposing glass ceilings unrelated to performance, we are inflicting damage to ourselves and serving as a recruiting pool for neighbouring countries such as Singapore. There must also be greater diversity of views as a source of strength and sustainable development.

9. Apart from your family members, who stood by you in the most difficult times of your political career? – Yap Koon Roy, Malacca

My family members, especially my wife and parents, have been as solid as a rock in terms of emotional support. But I have also being sustained by my fervent belief in justice, freedom and truth, and nourished by my faith in God. When we walk the talk, we never walk alone because God is always there. Suffering is unfortunately at times a necessary path to understanding the pearls of wisdom that allows us to treasure the “free” air we breathe and the simple joys of being with our loved ones that we take for granted.

10. Your administration aims to transform Penang into an international city. How are you going to achieve that when the officers in your administration don’t have the “international city mindset”? – Penangite & ex-Singapore civil servant

Training a world-class civil service cannot be achieved overnight. To inculcate a culture of excellence will not be easy after 18 years of mediocrity and inertia. I have faith in the capabilities of my civil service if it is allowed to realise its potential. To succeed, government leaders must lead by example through prudent budgeting, integrity in leadership, and a thirst for learning and mastering English and new knowledge. Everyone realises that not only do we have to be the best, but that those who perform will rise speedily through the ranks.

The Penang government will commit to promotions based not on skin colour, gender or political affiliation, but on performance and integrity. Let the word go forth that Penang has not only the best Malay, Chinese and Indian male and female professionals, but also welcomes our best Iban and Kadazan brothers and sisters.

SOURCE: The Star – Your 10 questions

Eid Mubarak from Penang City!

It’s Eid al-Fitri again, so, Selamat Hari Raya for all Malaysians and all Muslims around the world!

As usual, despite the flu cautions, “open house” tradition in Malaysia continue to be held throughout the nation.

Here’s a long list published by The Star for open houses in throughout Pulau Pinang starting with Balik Pulau and Kepala Batas:-

(Some cancellations were announced though, and even Chief Minister of Penang has been told to rest due to catching the cold yesterday)

Three months, 600+ cities, all flocking to Penang City!

Over 11,000 visitors have visited Penang City‘s group of websites (*.PP.my) during the first quarter of 2009, from 1st of January until 31st of March ’09. The sites have also been experiencing gradual increases in visits to surpass 200 visitors per day during many of most recent days.

The visitors came from over 600 cities in 90 countries via nearly 1,000 (computer) network locations:-

  1. Over 80% of the visitors are from Malaysia, followed by United States (6.6%), Singapore (2.3%), United Kingdom (1%), Indonesia (1%), Australia, Canada, Thailand, Japan and Germany.

  2. From Malaysia peninsular, the most visitors come from the home state of Pulau Pinang (‘cities’ of George Town, Prai & Butterworth – 34%), followed by Malaysian towns and cities of Kuala Lumpur (23.5%), Petaling Jaya (9%), Ipoh (8%) and ‘Montara’ (Mont Kiara?), Kulim and Johor Bahru with 2% visitors each. Singapore also contributed 2% of the visits, at the 9th place.

  3. A total 1,357 pages were viewed a total of 18,281 times!
  4. Slightly over a third of visits were to respective home pages.
  5. 82.9% of the visits, are by new visitors, signifying potential growth of the traffic.

  6. The biggest traffic contributors were the search engines (over 70%), eg. Google (46%) and Yahoo (21.5%). Other contributing referring sites include MSN, Facebook and Google Images (Search) at about 1% each. PID Balik Pulau‘s website also contributed 1.5% of the visits.
  7. Over 60% of Penang City’s visitors use Microsoft Internet Explorer, while a third of the visitors prefer Mozilla Firefox. Chrome, Safari and Opera are following at the bottom with 2% or less each. Over 60% of the visitors also use broadband connection in the form of DSL, T1 or Cable.

  8. TM Berhad continues to be the biggest Internet service provider in Malaysia, having fasalitated over 50% of the visits (including via its Celcom mobile broadband services) to PP.my. Other major ISPs bringing the traffic include Core IP Network Development (PenangFon & MetroFon), Maxis Communications Bhd, USM Pulau Pinang and Jaring.

  9. All these growing visits have pushed the popularity of PP.my to be in the top 1-million globally and top 12,000 in Malaysia, among over 150-million active domains as of today.

Penang Last Week (Ending 21 FEB 2009)


AsiaOne
Gerakan Calls For Security Measures For Karpal
Bernama, Malaysia – Feb 21, 2009
Karpal has lodged a report at the Penang police headquarters over a letter containing two live bullets which he received in his postbox at 144A,
Karpal gets death threat and live bullets in mail Malaysia Star
Karpal gets death threat and live bullets in mail The Malaysian Insider
Malaysian Indian leader gets bullets in mail SINDH TODAY
New Straits TimesTimes of India
all 25 news articles »

Malaysia Star
Toppled crane causes traffic nightmare in Penang
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 19, 2009
By TUNKU SHAHARIAH, K. KASTURI DEWI and WINNIE YEOH GEORGE TOWN: A 30-tonne hydraulic crane toppled over at the 3rd kilometre of the Penang Bridge,
Huge jams after crane on bridge topples over New Straits Times
all 4 news articles »
Penang wages war on beach bistros
New Straits Times, Malaysia – Feb 19, 2009
Penang Island Municipal Council secretary Tan Cheng Chui said the action was necessary as most of the structures had been built on state land without
Penang To Reintroduce Barter Trade To Diversify Economic Activities
Bernama, Malaysia – Feb 18, 2009
PULAU PINANG, Feb 19 (Bernama) — The Penang government wants to reintroduce the barter trade system to diversify economic activities in the state as a step

Inquirer.net
All aboard a royal ride
Inquirer.net, Philippines – Feb 21, 2009
A typical three to five-night cruise would take passengers to Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Phuket in Thailand.

Sun2Surf
Intel To Continue Operations In Penang
Bernama, Malaysia – Feb 19, 2009
PENANG, Feb 19 (Bernama) — Leading US chip manufacturer Intel Corporation will continue to operate in Penang, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.
Penang Proposes Retrenchment Scheme For Workers Sin Chew Jit Poh
19-02-2009: Penang CM: Another US$12b stimulus needed The Edge Daily
RM800-Per-Month Proposal for Axed Workers istockAnalyst.com (press release)
Malaysia StarThe Sun Daily
all 19 news articles »

Overturned Crane Causes Massive Traffic Jam In Penang Bridge
Bernama, Malaysia – Feb 18, 2009
PENANG, Feb 19 (Bernama) — Traffic along the Penang bridge, heading towards the mainland, came to a standstill when a crane, used in the widening works,
Toppled crane causes massive jam on Penang Bridge Malaysia Star
Fretting over job losses The Sun Daily
all 4 news articles »

Poser over state footballer’s death
New Straits Times, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
KUCHING: The death of an 18-year-old Sarawak Under-19 football player in Penang last year is still a mystery, with no conclusive proof of how he died.
Sarawak player’s death due to bike accident Malaysia Star
Sarawak thrown a lifeline New Straits Times
all 3 news articles »
Penang Youth Council gets RM150,000
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 17, 2009
THE Penang Youth Council has received a RM150,000 allocation from the state government to support its activities for the year. State Youth, Sports, Women,
Accord Penang Free School heritage status too
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 17, 2009
Penang Free School, founded in 1816, is the oldest school in South-East Asia. Secondly, I would also like to take this opportunity to seek clarification
Guan Eng: We’ll help developers speed up projects
The Sun Daily, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
GEORGE TOWN (Feb 20, 2009): The Penang government is looking into new measures to help developers speed up implementation of their projects here so as to
Guan Eng’s proposal just not realistic New Straits Times
all 7 news articles »

Life And Style: New Portal To Promote Penang
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia – Feb 18, 2009
iGeorgeTown Penang has launched iGT Connect, its free e-newsletter which is published twice a month. Linking readers to current items published on the
18-02-2009: iGeorgeTown Penang e-newsletter launched The Edge Daily
all 2 news articles »


Malaysia Star
Choosing the road less travelled
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
“I grew up in Penang in a different time. When I was in Penang Free School in the mid-1960s, I did things which gave me a sense of the cultural and social

Penang shift venue of coming home games
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 16, 2009
GEORGE TOWN: Super League side Penang are forced to shift the venue of their upcoming home matches to the State Stadium in Batu Kawan.
Hockey: Coach Rajan to rope in players who shine in MHL
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
The Juniors are not involved in the MHL and are currently in Penang on a nine-day training stint. They will move to Johor Baru on March 3.
Penang Curry at Cafe de Laos
Philadelphia Citypaper, PA – Feb 18, 2009
Every Wednesday, Meal Ticket pokes around the food blog world to see what’s simmering. -Lew Bryson of Seen Through a Glass pushes back at Gov.
Penang Library Must Pay Compensation – Cuepacs
Bernama, Malaysia – Feb 16, 2009
PENANG, Feb 16 (Bernama) — The Penang Public Library Commission has been urged to pay compensation to contract employees whose contracts were not renewed
SP Setia confident of achieving targeted revenue from Penang
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 15, 2009
“The group is confident of achieving its target of RM180mil in revenue from the sale of its properties in Penang for the fiscal year ending October 2009,”
Former Test stars Akhtar, Rizwan shine for Pakistan side
Bangkok Post, Thailand – Feb 20, 2009
The other teams which shone yesterday were: Penang SC , Malviya CC, Chandigarh, Chittagong, Tamil Nadu, Angad CC and RBSC. RBSC gave the tournament an
Bahrain post tough win in Sri Lanka friendly Gulf Daily News
all 2 news articles »
Ramdan moves into last eight
New Straits Times, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
Ramdan, who wants to emulate his father Misbun as an established international, defeated H’ng Ken Wai of Penang 21-16, 21-15 and will play Sunny Gnow Chee

Malaysia Star
Penang Hawker Food – Window Sherbet (Ais Tingkap)
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Feb 16, 2009
In Penang we always go for ice kacang and cendol as our desert. Recently, I have posted coconut jelly in my blog and it created awareness among my readers.

Malaysia Star
Aussie Tourist Numbers To Malaysia On The Increase
Bernama, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
Carlton club executives and players who recently spent a few days in Penang are most impressed with Malaysia. “The club’s website features glowing reports
Finding the right strategies Malaysia Star
Branding Malaysia Malaysia Star
all 9 news articles »

Peranakan pleasures
New Straits Times, Malaysia – Feb 20, 2009
There’sa distinct difference between the Nyonya food of Penang and that of Malacca and Singapore due to the proximity of the latter to Indonesia and Penang

From Paris to Penang, With Love

By WINNIE YEOH

GEORGE TOWN: It was a dream come true and a mission accomplished for Yang Swee How when his girlfriend Toh Sze Wooi accepted his marriage proposal under the Eiffel Tower in Paris last September.

Yang and Toh who had been courting for six years, had known each other for nine years since they were students of Tunku Abdul Rahman College

From Paris with love : Yang (left) and Toh tie the knot.

“It meant the world to me when she said ‘yes’ to my proposal,” said Yang, a postgraduate student pursuing a PhD in micro engineering in Britain.

Toh, who always wanted to visit Paris, said it was double joy when Yang proposed to her at the tower.

Although Paris is touted as the perfect place to get married for young couples like Yang and Toh, both of them, aged 27, still decided to register their marriage at home and on Valentine’s Day.

They were among 25 couples who tied the knot at the Penang Chinese Town Hall during a mass marriage registration ceremony.

For Rachel Yeoh, 22, and 26-year-old Ryan Lee, who married in another mass wedding at the Penang Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society with 59 other couples, it was hate at first sight when they met at a school camp seven years ago.

“I was a Girl Guide from Convent Light Street and he was a Scout from Penang Free School at the camp where he constantly bullied and picked on me, giving me chores like picking up rubbish and cleaning the camp area,” said Yeoh, a university student.

Love, however, blossomed when they met at other group outings when Lee, a sales consultant, showed his “loving and considerate” side.

‘Besties’ couples: (From left) Khoo, Lee, Yeoh and Tung plan to hold their wedding dinner in June and go on honeymoon together to Europe.

The couple’s best friends Khoo Kah King, 26, and Fiona Tung, 25, who were also in the mass wedding, planned to hold a joint wedding reception with them in June and go on the same honeymoon trip to Europe in December.

“We have been really close friends for the past six years and Lee is like a brother to me,” said businessman Khoo.

SOURCE: The Star’s “Two wed in Penang after proposal under Eiffel Tower

Malam Semarak di Ambang Tahun Baru 2009

Kawasan Rukun Tetangga Taman Desaria Sri Merpati telah menganjurkan Malam Semarak di Ambang Tahun Baru 2009. (klik di sini untuk berita lanjut)

Ma’al Hijrah 1430 Celebration @ Kepala Batas, Penang (29dec08)

Majlis Perhimpunan Ummah Sempena Sambutan Maal Hijrah 1430H Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang @ Kepala Batas

Tarikh

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29 Disember 2008

Masa

:

8.00 pagi – 11.00 malam

Tempat

:

Dewan Millenium,
Bertam, Kepala Batas,
Seberang Perai Utara.

ATURCARA MAJLIS :

8.00 pagi

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Ketibaan Dif-dif jemputan / Orang Ramai

8.30 pagi

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Ketibaan Y.B. Tuan Muhammad Fairus b. Khairuddin

Timbalan Ketua Menteri (1) Pulau Pinang

dan Y. Bhg. Puan Nurusa’adah bt. Jelani

8.35 pagi

:

Ketibaan T.Y.T. Tun Dato‘ Seri Utama ( Dr. ) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas,

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang

dan Y.A. Bhg. Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Utama Hajah Majimor bt. Shariff


:

Lagu Negaraku dan Untuk Negeri Kita

8.45 pagi

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Bacaan Doa

8.50 pagi

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Bacaan Ayat-ayat Suci Al-Quran Berqiraat Oleh:

En. Mohd Fakhrulradhi bin Kamarudin

Juara Akademi Al-Quran Musim ke-3

9.05 pagi

:

Ucapan Aluan Oleh Y.B. Tuan Muhammad Fairus b. Khairuddin,

Timbalan Ketua Menteri (1) Pulau Pinang

9.20 pagi

:

Ucaptama Oleh T.Y.T. Tun Dato‘ Seri Utama ( Dr. ) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas,

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang

9.40 pagi

:

Persembahan Puisi Islam

Oleh Kumpulan UNIC

10.00 pagi

:

Ceramah

Oleh : Y.Bhg. Dato’ Hj. Md. Hashim bin Haji Yahaya

Pensyarah Syariah Kuliah Undang-undang, UIA

Tajuk : “ Menjana Ummah Gemilang”

11.00 pagi

:

Majlis Penyampaian Anugerah & Tokoh Maal Hijrah


:

Lagu Negaraku dan Lagu Untuk Negeri Kita

11.30 pagi

:

Bersurai

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Source: Pejabat Tanah & Daerah Seberang Perai Utara

Arts & Cultural Heritage Entities/Groups in Penang

CULTURAL HERITAGE

ARTS-ED
Janet Pillai / Chen Yoke Pin
Web site: www.arts-ed-penang.org
E-mail: arts_ed_penang@yahoo.com
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: http://www.lestariheritage.net/littlepenang
E-mail: littlepenang@lestariheritage.net
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: http://www.pht.org.my
E-mail: phtrust@streamyx.com
Tel: (04) 2642631
Fax: (04) 262 8421
Address: 26A, Church Street, 10200 Penang.

ARTS

Young Theatre Penang
65, Jalan Sungai Kelian,
Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Penang.
Email: kisskiss@tm.net.my
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
Email: hk_tan@smcigt.po.my
Tan Hock Kheng (Mr)

Penang Players
PO Box 9, 10700, Penang
Tel: 04-8903009
H/P: 012-5512616
Email: penangplayers@yahoo.co.uk
Joelle Saint-Arnoult (Ms)

Noise
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
Email: pamong@pd.jaring.my
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
Email: ngc@maxis.net.my
Chong Boon Yee (Mr)