The MCA entered the Malaysia Book of Records by releasing the most number of Japanese carps at the Taiping Lake Garden. I was invited by one of the sponsors to attend the event held on 13 October 2002. I wonder what has happened to all those carps? Fished away by the many “illegal fishermen” at the Lake Garden or eaten up by the Kingfishers there?
In 2001, the American magazine, the Utne Reader, published an article titled “7 Urban Wonders” and George Town, Penang was included as one of the world’s most liveable cities with a soul. The magazine needed a photo to truly depict the way of life in George Town and the editor commissioned me to take a few for her to choose. She picked the one shown above. The article mentioned that the shophouses did business downstairs while the people lived upstairs and hence the term “shophouse” which means the premises were a shop as well as a house. Some businesses also spilled on to the street. When George Town applied to be listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, this article was one of the many documents submitted to UNESCO. The old residents of George Town were/are the soul of the city and it is unthinkable if they are all gone. We might be able to preserve all those heritage buildings but can George Town retain its soul?
I think a good way to start this blog would be to highlight a news clip from 41 years ago where I was personally involved. Younger people may not have heard of the Penang based newspaper called the The National Echo which was previously known as the Straits Echo. In 1978/79 I contributed a few articles to the weekly motoring section of The National Echo. I wrote under the pseudonym (K.S.) and the pic shows an article of mine published on Friday, May 5, 1978 ………….. 41 years ago. (I will try to upload a pdf copy of the article later). The National Echo ceased publication in 1986 but its predecessor (Straits Echo) was founded in 1903 which makes it one of the oldest newspapers in the country. This is old news but ……………..