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Maintenance key to addressing environmental issues, says activist June 1, 2017 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

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 launch of his book Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist, the Penang-born activist said Malaysians were very good at constructing new things, but terrible at keeping them maintained. “Everyone thinks planting trees is great. But they forget that trees…

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The unwavering eco-activist – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

The unwavering eco-activist by Elena Koshy, NST Pressing the doorbell to the headquarters of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem), I’m mentally going over my notes and questions. The gate opens and the first thing I do is trip over it, narrowly escaping an undignified tumble on the floor. Nervousness brings out the clumsy in me. After being given perfunctory directions to his room (“Go up the stairs and turn to your…

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This man has been fighting to save Malaysia’s environment for half a century – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

This man has been fighting to save Malaysia’s environment for half a century by Terence Toh, The Star For most of his adult life, Gurmit Singh K.S. has campaigned tirelessly for the nation’s green soul. He’s written books and papers about pressing issues. He’s formed two prominent local environmental organisations – the Environmental Protection Society, Malaysia (EPSM) and the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia – and been involved in many of the country’s major…

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A Journey Through Thaipusam March 21, 2017 – Posted in: In The News

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 the Malaysian Indian diaspora, talks about his journey of spiritual transformation and social scientific enlightenment. He recounts his earliest days in Malaysia in the 1970s, and his profound encounter with Hinduism, which began his life-long love affair with the country. Dr…

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THE ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM MALAYSIA (JAN 28 – MARCH 28, 2016) Photo Exhibition ‘The Chulia in Penang’ March 9, 2016 – Posted in: In The News

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 won ICASS 2015 Colleagues’ Choice Award. The exhibition runs from January 28 until March 28, 2016 at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Early 20th-century photograph showing George Town, now part of the Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca World…

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EXHIBITION BASED ON AWARD-WINNING BOOK BRINGS YOU THE ‘CHULIA’ PEOPLE – Posted in: In The News

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 19th century. These Tamil-speaking Muslims settled down in Penang and built mosques, cemeteries, water tanks and conducted celebratory processions. Kapitan Keling Cauder Mohudden, a descendant of the Merican family, ordered the construction of Masjid Kapitan Keling in 1801. This mosque soon became…

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THE CHULIA IN PENANG – Posted in: In The News

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 birth of a book 18 years after; and a related lecture in conjunction with an an exhibition at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. The book itself has won the ICAS 2015 Colleagues’ Choice Award. Kapitan Keling Mosque was founded…

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Regal landmark – Posted in: In The News

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 was just down the road, 6-year-old Siti Marina Mohd Maidin and her father preferred to go to George Town to visit the Kapitan Keling Mosque situated off Chulia Street. Sheltered from the hustle and bustle of George Town, she…

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Old Trees, the Living Heritage in Penang December 9, 2015 – Posted in: In The News

    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 plant trees in 1802, and introduced a variety of tropical trees in Penang, today these century-old trees that are older than some prewar old buildings turn out to be a living heritage. Despite living in…

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Historic town revisited in photo and art exhibition August 17, 2015 – Posted in: In The News

by Jeremy Tan STEP back in time and see how mainland Penang evolved over the centuries in the 100 Images of Province Wellesley Exhibition in Seberang Prai. The event, held in an old shophouse unit at 19, Jalan Jeti Lama in the historic town, is part of the inaugural Butterworth Fringe Festival this weekend. Open from 11am to 10pm daily and running until Sunday, its exhibits include old photographs, maps and paintings dating from the…

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