Unsung Patriot: Memoirs of Wong Pow Nee

RM60

Peter Wong & Koay Su Lyn
2014. Bumblogger Connexion Marketers
Softcover, 22.8 cm x 15.3 cm, 336 pages
100+ photographs in black/white
ISBN  9789671300602

Product Description

By Peter Wong Tet Phin and Koay Su Lyn

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs of Wong Pow Nee is a record of Pow Nee’s impeccable journey in writing national history – rising from humble beginnings as a farmer and school teacher to public office as the first Chief Minister of Penang from 1957 to 1969.

Apart from rare insights and accounts of Pow Nee’s early services and personal life, this book seeks to fill in the gaps of Penang’s post-independence developmental history, while highlighting Pow Nee’s personal struggles and major contributions during his turbulent tenure as Chief Minister. Literally and little known, Pow Nee paved the way for the birth of Penang’s industrialisation, typically on the mainland portion of the state, which later turned out a huge success under his successor, Dr. Lim Chong Eu. All of these are significant events in Penang’s modern history that mark the state’s impressive transformation from ‘swamps to semiconductors’.

Also, in uncovering the bits and pieces of national history, this book equally sheds light on Pow Nee’s ambassadorial role to Rome and his involvement in the Cobbold Commission of 1962, tasked with the responsibility of gathering opinions from East Malaysia for the formation of Malaysia. Although these formed a relatively small part of Malaysia’s rich history, Pow Nee had nevertheless played a significant role in the nation’s building process as a whole including that of Penang.

All in all, the book strives to document and share the story of the unsung patriot, who made history and faded from the scene of public life, quietly with a sense of humility, after having devoted his time and service to the nation and Penang. The end of his journey proved even more remarkable – on the very same day he made history – the morning of 31st August 2002.

Editorial Reviews

“… apart from rare insights and accounts of Pow Nee’s early services and personal life, the book seeks to provide interesting untold details on Penang’s post-developmental history during his tenure.” – Malaysian Insider

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1      CHILDHOOD YEARS

Parentage and ancestry

Chapter 2       EDUCATION EARLY YEARS

FROM JIT SIN TO ST. XAVIER’S

A TRIBUTE TO ST.XAVIER’S

POST-EDUCATION CAREER

Chapter 3       THE ADVENT OF WORLD WAR TWO

POW NEE AND THE ST. ANNE’S CHURCH, BUKIT MERTAJAM

ROMANCE IN TIMES OF WAR

THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF BUKIT MERTAJAM

THE DEMISE OF AH HONG

Chapter 4       POW NEE’S RETURN TO TEACHING

THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY

THE ROMANCE OF 1948

NEW VILLAGES AND THE ROLE PLAYED BY MCA

TEMPLER AND THE TURNING POINT

THE NEW CHURCH

THE END OF THE EMERGENCY CELEBRATIONS IN BUKIT MERTAJAM

Chapter 5       THE BUKIT MERTAJAM TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS OF 1953

THE ELECTIONS OF 1955 LEADING TO INDEPEDENCE ON 31ST AUGUST 1957

31ST AUGUST 1957: BECOMING FIRST CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

Chapter 6       THE COBBOLD COMMISSION AND THE FORMATION OF MALAYSIA

THE FORMATION OF MALAYSIA

THE INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION

THE PROCLAMATION OF MALAYSIA

Chapter 7       SUMMARY OF POW NEE’S NUMEROUS EX-OFFICIO APPOINTMENTS

Chapter 8       POW NEE’S ENDURING LEGACY IN THE SCOUT MOVEMENT

Chapter 9       THE FIRST MALAYSIA JAMBOREE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th 1966 – OPENING CEREMONY

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th 1966 –   “GOVERNOR’S DAY”

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th 1966 – “PRIME MINISTER’S DAY”

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th 1966 – CLOSING CEREMONY

Chapter 10     THE TURBULENT YEARS

DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS IN PENANG

LOW COST HOUSING UNDER POW NEE’S STATE GOVERNMENT

THE PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND IN A CRUMBLING STATE

THE PENANG MASTER PLAN OF 1964

ITS CIRCUMSTANTIAL FAILURE

IN THE FACE OF THE STORM

THE PENANG TODAY 1969

REFLECTIONS OF THE PENANG TODAY 1969 BOOKLET – ECONOMIC PROSPECTS OF THE ‘70s BY PETER WONG

PENANG’S RIOTS

THE GENERAL ELECTIONS OF 1969

ELECTION LOSS AND MAY 13TH 1969

Chapter 11     DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO ROME AS MALAYSIA’S FIRST AMBASSADOR TO ITALY

THE MALAYSIAN EMBASSY IN ROME

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE VATICAN

RELATIONS WITH THE DE LA SALLE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

Chapter 12     THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN TO SIMPLE LIFE

REMEMBERING THE TUNKU

A FRUITFUL VISIT BY MCA LEADERS

Chapter 13     DEATH AND OBITUARIES

 

Additional Information

Weight 600 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.8 cm