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Penning a memoir May 31, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

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 80 this year, the radiologist had a twinkle in his eyes when he narrated events when he was a four-year-old boy roaming the streets of Kampar. It is this astounding memory and a wish to tell the story of his…

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Mark Soo’s Book Launched – Posted in: In The News

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 Sun, the book is a memoir detailing Mark’s first 40 years of his life where he spent alternating between Hong Kong and Kampar, Malaya where his father’s family herbal medicine business was located. Mark witnessed firsthand the devastation of the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945)…

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A book on trees in Penang May 24, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

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 botany have teamed up to produce a book entitled ‘Heritage Trees of Penang’. The three collaborators — Simon Gardner, Pindar Sidisunthorn and Lai Ee May — have received a RM40,000 grant from the George Town Grants Programme, to be used…

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A tribute to Penang’s SGGS May 21, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

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 country’s first female lawyer, studied at the school just before World War I, and was the first Straits Chinese woman to have been called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in London in 1926. Her story was just one…

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Pages from the past May 3, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

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 hills that cradle the island. Warehouses, large but low concrete buildings, and blocks of shophouses greet you in Seberang Perai, the strip of land often referred to as “the mainland” by Penangites. It is a world apart from the giant trees…

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Sejarah Kota Medan: Sutan Puasa dari Mandailing Pendiri Kota Kuala Lumpur dan Guru Patimpus adalah Pendiri Kota Medan April 23, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

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 bermigrasi dari Karo. Dengan pembuktian oleh Abdur-Razzaq Lubis bahwa Kota Kuala Lumpur didirikan oleh Sutan Puasa maka dengan sendirinya akan menyandingkan nama pendiri Kota Medan. Secara epistemologi di Asia Tenggara hanya Kota Medan dan Kota Kuala Lumpur yang secara eksplisit…

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Pendiri Kota Kuala Lumpur – Posted in: In The News

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 Abdullah keturunan bangsawan dari Bugis itu Pendiri Kuala Lumpur adalah Sutan Puasa Lubis, seorang bangsawan dari Mandailing Penggunaan kata “founder” dalam sejarah yang dituliskan oleh pihak Barat adalah sesuatu yang amat bermasalah. Tak dapat tidak, kata itu telah amat…

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Sutan Puasa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur? – Posted in: In The News

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 sesuatu yang mudah diterima. Ini kerana selama ini, ahli sejarah Malaysia berpendapat Yap Ah Loy, seorang Kapitan Cina, adalah pengasas bandar raya ini yang asalnya kawasan perlombongan bijih timah. Membetulkan fakta berkenaan sama dengan kesukaran menyanggah kajian yang merumuskan Pulau…

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