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This is KL’s real founder

So says Abdur-Razzaq Lubis in his new book on the entrepreneur Sutan Puasa. SOME authors have a long list of things they would like their readers to take away from their book. Not this man. Independent…

Zooming in on living heritage

Guests inquiring about the ‘Traditional Trades of Penang’ book after its launching at The Star Pitt St. in George Town. TRADITIONAL trades that are often overlooked in Penang have been beautifully captured and documented in…

Uncertain fate for Penang’s magnificent colonial mansions

Say “Penang heritage” and most of us will think of George Town’s shophouses and Chinese mansions (such as the well known Blue Mansion). But there is more: up to the 1950’s, a number of…

Sharing his love of charming colonial buildings

Magnificent heritage: Dr Lim (left) showing off his book on Penang’s grand houses at the launch. PENANG’S colonial buildings have been immortalised in a book titled ‘The Penang House and the Straits Architect 1887-1941’ by…

Sustainability and environmentalism: perspectives from the youth

It is very rare that the youth get a chance to voice out their concern, even rarer with regards to a topic as important as sustainability and environmentalism. Last week, I represented #PowerShiftMsia to attend…

The challenge of designing culturally

At the crossroads of globalisation and urbanisation, how can we continue to evoke identity through allusions in modern design and construction? In his seminal book “Leaves of the Same Tree: Trade and Ethnicity in the…

Punca identiti Melayu sukar diterapkan dalam seni bina

RAIS (tiga dari kanan) merasmikan buku ‘Resilience of Tradition’ di UM. – Foto Owee Ah Chun Identiti Melayu sukar untuk diterapkan dalam seni bina Malaysia berikutan kurangnya generasi muda Melayu yang tahu mengenai seni dan…

Ipohworld’s World review of “Perak Postcards 1890-1940”

Once the premier state of the Federated Malay States, Perak pioneered tin mining, rubber, roads and railways in Malaya. In the early twentieth century, Europeans and Asians venturing into this frontier country bought picture…

Perak Postcards, 1890s-1940s

Regular readers of the Echo will know that I often voice my concern over the lack of interest in Perak’s heritage, tangible or intangible. We seem to be losing our trees, limestone hills, culture,…

Through the wheels of time

THE nostalgia hits many locals on busy Penang Road. G.T.M.T. stood for George Town Municipal Transport. This doubledecker trolleybus was photographed on Duke Street next to Dewan Sri Pinang. From the Chulia Street-Penang Road junction towards…

French book on Penang launched in Paris

A book on Penang entitled Penang: la Porte des Secrets (Penang – Through Gilded Doors) as well as an exhibition of photographs on the Malaysian island were launched today, 18 October 2006 in Paris. The book,…

My Day in the Sun talk at Universiti Malaya

My Day in the Sun Speaker Dr MARK YOI SUN SOO Date Time 29 Jul 2013 10:30 AM – 29 Jul 2013 12:30 PM Venue Bilik Mesyuarat Dekan II, FSSS, UM Language Mandarin In My Days in the Sun,…

Penning a memoir

MANY of us have hazy memories of our childhood which fade even more as years pass, but this is not the case with Dr Mark Soo Yoi Sun. Even at the ripe old age of…

Mark Soo’s Book Launched

A book launch, jointly hosted by Perak Academy and Areca Books in honour of Mark Yoi Sun Soo’s debut book, was held at Symphony Suites, Ipoh recently. Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan was given the…

A book on trees in Penang

Where heritage is concerned, the shady trees of Penang rarely garner much attention unlike historical buildings, artefacts and documents. To appreciate the value of our trees, a group of researchers with backgrounds in ecology and…

A tribute to Penang’s SGGS

EVEN before the Spice Girls sang about “girl power”, the girls of St George’s Girls’ School (SGGS) were already paving the way for women to shatter the glass ceiling. Oon Beng Hong (nee Lim), the…

Pages from the past

DRIVING into Seberang Perai is almost like entering a different state altogether. The casuarina trees that pepper the coast of Penang as you head towards the iconic bridge fades into the silhouette of the…

Sejarah Kota Medan: Sutan Puasa dari Mandailing Pendiri Kota Kuala Lumpur dan Guru Patimpus adalah Pendiri Kota Medan

Abdur-Razzaq Lubis telah membuktikan bahwa Kota Kuala Lumpur didirikan oleh Sutan Puasa bermarga Lubis yang bermigrasi dari Mandailing. Lalu saya teringat pendiri kota Medan yang secara historis disebutkan didirikan oleh Guru Patimpus bermarga Sembiring yang…

Pendiri Kuala Lumpur

This article first appeared on 16 April 2018 in Harian Waspada. The original layout has been modified to fit your…

Pendiri Kota Kuala Lumpur

Kontroversi tentang sejarah Kuala Lumpur sudah berlangsung lama Abdur-Razaq Lubis melalui bukunya Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur menyelesaikannya dengan data akurat Pendiri Kuala Lumpur bukan Kapten Cina Ketiga Yap Ah Loy dan juga bukan Raja…

Sutan Puasa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur?

KUALA LUMPUR: Memperbetulkan sejarah amat sukar dan itulah yang berlaku dalam isu berkaitan pembuktian siapa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur. Dakwaan ia diasaskan Sutan Puasa, usahawan perlombongan dan pedagang timah berketurunan Mandailing dari Sumatera, Indonesia bukan…

Media articles on the book Sutan Puasa, Founder of Kuala Lumpur

Sutan Puasa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur? (Malaysiakini / Malaysian Access / Kosmo Online) Was Kuala Lumpur founded by Sutan Puasa? (New Straits Times) Yap Ah Loy May Not Have Been the Founder Of Kuala Lumpur, According…

Tokoh di sebalik pembukaan KL

SHEILA (kanan) bersama Abdur-Razzaq menunjukkan buku bertajuk Sutan Puasa: Founder Of Kuala Lumpur pada majlis pelancaran buku tersebut di Menara Ilham, Kuala Lumpur pada 7 April lalu. NAMA Raja Abdullah Raja Jaafar seperti yang tercatat…

Sejarah KL wajar dikaji semula

Bukti baharu Sutan Puasa pengasas Kuala Lumpur, Yap Ah Loy membangunkan ibu negara Ketua Kluster Institut Kajian Etnik Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Teo Kok Seong (Pic: utusan.com.my) KUALA LUMPUR – Pakar-pakar sejarah tempatan…

Suara hati waris Sutan Puasa

Dalam keluarga kami, Sutan puasa dianggap sebagai hero tetapi kami tidak dapat memberitahu perkara itu kepada orang lain kerana tidak mempunyai rujukan dan ia mungkin tidak akan dipercayai. Waris Sutan Puasa Adam Shah Azlan BOLEH dikatakan…

Book on Sutan Puasa as founder of KL set to trigger debate

KUALA LUMPUR: A book titled ‘Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur is set to trigger a debate over who is the actual founder of Kuala Lumpur. Moderator, Mohd Fazli Ibrahim (centre) together with Panelist, Abdur-Razzaq Lubis…

Yap Ah Loy May Not Have Been the Founder Of Kuala Lumpur, According to This New Book

Source: Tally Press & Astro Awani Any Malaysian who has studied history would remember learning about how our capital city, Kuala Lumpur came to be. From its beginnings as a tin mining hub to its…

Was Kuala Lumpur founded by Sutan Puasa?

Was Mandailing merchant, Sutan Puasa, the founder of Kuala Lumpur? Was Kuala Lumpur founded by Mandailing merchant, Sutan Puasa? (NSTP file pic.) The statement made by Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim in several…

Sutan Puasa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur?

Betulkah Sutan Puasa, seorang saudagar Mandailing, pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur? Kenyataan Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim pada beberapa wacana intelektual tahun lepas bahawa “pengasas Kuala Lumpur ialah Sutan Puasa, dari Mandailing”, menimbulkan…

Al-Fatiha: Edi Nasution

I have never personally met Edi Muhammad Yunus Nasution, better known as Edi Nasution, a Mandailing scholar and ethnomusicologist, even though I edited and wrote the foreword to his Tulila: Muzik Bujukan Mandailing (Areca…

Magic in the Malay World

The difference between divination and the divine is a fine one. Naim Marjani, a traditional kuda kepang maker, demonstrating how a puppet is made. Kuda Kepang is rooted in ancient Javanese rituals and traditions still…

Dedication and Personal Choices ‘are the key’ to a Healthy Environment

If there’s a key lesson in conservation, it’s this: you need to keep at it. So says Gurmit Singh, a veteran Malaysian environmentalist who has just published his Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist. “Everyone thinks planting trees is…

True Blue Activist

ENVIRONMENTALIST Gurmit Singh has spent his life educating Malaysians on the real cost of preserving nature. Although he is not always successful in creating deep change, the man described as a ‘true blue activist’…

Maintenance key to addressing environmental issues, says activist

by Terence Toh, The Star “Maintenance key to addressing environmental issues”, says veteran activist Gurmit Singh. “Most of the problems pertaining to the environment in the country today stem from issues of poor maintenance.” Speaking at…

The unwavering eco-activist

The unwavering eco-activist by Elena Koshy, NST Pouring a sample of river water into a sedimentation cone for measuring silt level, to prove the high levels of pollutants contained in the Klang river, 1981 (NST) Pressing the…

This man has been fighting to save Malaysia’s environment for half a century

This man has been fighting to save Malaysia’s environment for half a century A young Gurmit (far left) and his friends on a cycling trip up Penang Hill in 1962 – nature had called to…

A Journey Through Thaipusam

A BFM 89.9 podcast interview with writer and Indologist Carl Belle by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, 16 March 2017, 21:00 In A Journey Through Thaipusam, Dr Carl Belle, a noted scholar of…

Malaysian author Khoo Salma bags prize for book on Chulia community

BY L. SUGANYA  Thursday, 9 July 2015 PETALING JAYA: Malaysian author Khoo Salma Nasution (pic) won the colleague’s choice award at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize 2015. The winners were announced on July…

THE ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM MALAYSIA (JAN 28 – MARCH 28, 2016) Photo Exhibition ‘The Chulia in Penang’

by Islamic Arts Magazine Feb 09, 2016 The exhibition is inspired by Khoo Salma Nasution nee Khoo Su Nin latest publication, The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957 that has…

EXHIBITION BASED ON AWARD-WINNING BOOK BRINGS YOU THE ‘CHULIA’ PEOPLE

by MAIRA ZAMRI FEBRUARY 1, 2016 HAILING from the Coromandel Coast of South India, the Chulia are a race of people who migrated to Penang in order to trade goods such as kain pelikat and pepper in the…

THE CHULIA IN PENANG

Khoo Salma Nasution, author and heritage advocate | Amira Salleh, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia   The author was invited by the Kapitan Keling Mosque chairman to document the history of the historical building. From there, the…

Regal landmark

BY ANEETA SUNDARARAJ Penang’s Kapitan Keling Mosque evokes a sense of pride and belonging, writes Aneeta Sundararaj IN the early 1990s, a little girl and her parents lived in Air Itam, Penang. Although the State Mosque…

Old Trees, the Living Heritage in Penang

    会呼吸的古迹 老树世纪遮荫 Old Trees, the Living Heritage in Penang 一座美丽的城市, 通常种满绿树。 槟城树多, 泰半过百岁。 英殖民政府1802年开始种树, 将多种热带树木引进移植, 成就今日绿叶成荫。 两百年过去, 老树继续茁壮参天。 它们比一些战前老房子还老, 它们是会呼吸的古迹。 只不过,尽管天天见面, 人们不知树有树名, 忽略了槟城老树是东南亚区域里 长得特多特好的。 Penang is a beautiful city full of trees.  Since British colonial government started to…

Historic town revisited in photo and art exhibition

by Jeremy Tan An old photo of the Prai River harbour and Bukit Mertajam Rice Mill on display at the 100 Images of Province Wellesley Exhibition that is part of the Butterworth Fringe Festival. STEP back…

Abandoned shophouses come alive during Butterworth Fringe Festival (VIDEO)

by Opalyn Mok GEORGE TOWN, Aug 16 — With paint peeling off their walls, the tired looking pre-war shophouses stood forlorn and abandoned in rows behind the main road of Jalan Bagan Luar. Other than a…

The Chulia in Penang wins ICAS Colleagues’ Choice Award

The Colleagues’ Choice Award presented to Khoo Salma Nasution by Prof Purnendra Jain of Adelaide University     The Chulia in Penang wins ICAS Colleagues’ Choice Award 2015   Areca Books is delighted to announce that The Chulia in Penang:…

English books to inspire students

Big plus for students: (From left) Khoo Salma sharing a light moment with Abdur- Razzaq, Mohd Radzi and Mary Hughes during the books presentation ceremony at the Penang Education Department in Jalan Bukit Gambier. ARECA…

In memoriam: Malcolm Wade (1933–2015)

Malcolm Wade passed away in England on 3 March 2015, a day before his 82nd birthday. He was a former chairman of The Malaya Study Group (1975–1978). The Malaya Study Group promotes the understanding…

Cherishing her father’s legacy

By S. ISTA KYRA | nst_ipoh@yahoo.com ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE: Ruth Iversen Rollit is working on a book about her father, Berthel Michael Iversen, who designed many of Ipoh’s landmarks IPOH: RUTH Iversen Rollit, daughter of Danish architect…

In memoriam: Tenas Effendy (1936–2015)

Tenas Effendy (b. 1936) passed away in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on 28 February 2015 at the age of 79. Tenas Effendy is the non-de-plume of Tengku Nasaruddin Said Effendy; teacher, writer, poet, culturalist,…

Remembering days of fun in the sun

Sometimes, we have to look through another’s eyes to see something special in the ordinary. Reading the memoirs of John Michael Broome Hughes, especially the section devoted to his time in this country, one…

Recalling a Thai Malaysian Legacy

The history of Phuket and this region, is the late Khaw Sim Bee Na Ranong, better known on Phuket as Praya Rassada. He was the high commissioner of Phuket and the Southwestern region of…

The kampung house revisited

Article by Farah Fazanna Zulzaha   Guests to the Rumah: An Ode to Malay House book launch took the time to enjoy the illustrations by London-based illustrator Ahmad Harun.   A BOOK of poems dedicated to traditional Malay…

Book brings memories of living in a kampung

Letter by S. Sundareson, Petaling Jaya   I REFER to the article “The kampong house revisited” (The Star, March 25). The launch of the book “Rumah – An Ode to the Malay house” brings back fond memories…

Book by cultural icon pays tribute to the traditional Malay dwelling

Article by Farah Fazanna Zulzaha Lat (left) and Areca Books founding partner Abdur- Razzaq Lubis sharing a moment to read Tenas Effendy’s newly launched book of poems.   A BOOK of poems dedicated to traditional Malay houses…

Missionary couple’s contributions are well-recorded in Penang

Article by Wong Chun Wai The newly refurbished church in Farquhar Street is one of the country’s 50 national treasures. IT IS easily the most beautiful church in Penang but more than that, St George’s Church,…

Conservative Crusader: Law Siak Hong defends Perak’s Heritage

Article by Kenny Mah IPOH, Jan 24 — Initially conceived by a band of citizens concerned about the conservation of Ipoh’s historical sites, the Perak Heritage Society (PHS) now promotes public awareness and preservation of…

US newspaper features Malaysian doctor’s photography

Article by Winnie Yeoh Veteran shutter bug: A file picture of Ooi attending the official launch of ‘Portraits of Penang: Little India’ in Georgetown. GEORGE TOWN: A local doctor has been featured in an article in…

Snapshots of Globalization’s First Wave

Article by Sunil S. Amrith Every weekend in 1979, Ooi Cheng Ghee took his Leica camera out to the docks of Penang, an island off the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Mr. Ooi, a local…

If walls could speak

Article by Christina Chin Typical of architecture of its time, in the 18th century, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion features a mix of features, such as the Scottish cast iron columns and railings that surround an…

Ipoh Echo – Mark Soo’s Book Launched

Article written by Lena A book launch, jointly hosted by Perak Academy and Areca Books in honour of Mark Yoi Sun Soo’s debut book, was held at Symphony Suites, Ipoh recently. Entitled “My Days in the…

Penning a Memoir: Dr Soo narrates life after years of labour

Article written by Cheryl Hew, Photos by Saiful Bahri Dr Mark Soo, a renowned radiologist was interviewed by The Star during the launching of his memoir, My Days in the Sun. He spoke of  his…

Penang as a Presidency

Article written by Kat Fatland   Article originally published on Penang International – Volume 7  – April – May…

A review of “Penang, the Fourth Presidency of India”

by Looi Sue-Chern IMPORTANCE: Penang was more than just one of the Straits Settlement states under British rule, learns Looi Sue-Chern from an Australian author researching the history of Melbourne Driven by his ancestral links, Australian…

Napoleon’s Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell interviews Marcus Langdon on his new book, "Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India"

“Going back in Time”: A Review for Planter’s Bungalow

Call it a consummate passion or, simply, a labour of love, but for the past five years, retirees Datuk Peter Jenkins and his wife Waveney have travelled through hundreds of miles of English, Scottish…