Three of A Shukor Rahman’s earlier books namely Flying Colours of Tanjung (2010), 101 Stories of Old Penang (2015) and More Penang Stories (2016) proved to be highly successful. Can the latest, 69 Stories at Old Penang, be the ultimate book on Penang heritage?
Among the stories are: Students visit a brothel, Penang’s only gay pub, Early prostitution in Penang, Penang’s pornographic trade, Courting couples favoured outdoor spots, Rose Chan’s conviction in Australia, Pursuing ‘Abdulla 37’, and the Japanese kept comfort women during the Occupation.
Other stories include Notorious Haunted Spots, Grand Chinese Funerals, Penang once a respected football force now in a right mess, An ignorance of Things Past, Colourful Penang Road has not lost her magic, the rise of Batu Kawan, Challenges to Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, and Nibong Tebal, and the story behind Love Lane.
Shukor joined the Straits Times in 1971 and became the New Straits Times London Correspondent in 1974. He became NST Bureau Chief in Kota Bharu, Alor Setar and Penang (twice). He spent a total at 10 years as Penang Bureau Chief and became Senior Specialist Writer before retiring in 2005.
“Shukor Rahman has established himself as among the greatest story-tellers of all things Penang both tangible and intangible. This is his ninth book. As a true blue journalist he has a newsy style — simple, attention-grabbing and enjoyable enough to be remembered and shared.”— Dato’ (Dr) Anwar Fazal, Chairperson at Think City.