Arnold Loh

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21 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Devotees still give abundantly despite advice to reduce coconut offerings

TONNES of coconuts were smashed in the heart of George Town as devotees lined the streets to pay homage to Lord Muruga.

Children performing the Indian stick dance during the Thaipusam celebrations in Penang
21 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Hindu devotees seek blessings at Penang Thaipusam

GEORGE TOWN: A bare-footed husband-and-wife team joined a large group of devotees in pulling the multi-tonne golden chariot during the Thaipusam celebration.

Brief Caption: Devotees presenting their offerings in a tray to the Silver Chariot which had departed from Lebuh Chulia during the procession for the Thaipusam celebration at George Town, Penang.Star Pic by : LIM BENG TATT / The Star / 20 Jan 2019.
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13 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

‘Chindian’ faces ugly side of multiracial Malaysia

BUKIT MERTAJAM: An engineer of Chinese-Indian parentage triggered a debate over Twitter after sharing how difficult it was for him to find a room for rent in Bukit Mertajam.

12 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

'Dare to stop smokers"

IF you are caught puffing on your nicotine sticks in the heritage enclave or any other gazetted no-smoking places, you will still be fined, said state Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin.

Public health assistant officer Muhammad Fahmi Asri Amir, 24, (right) giving an explanation to customer Ridzuan Yaakob, 43, (second right) and Rosmah Yassin, 43, on the No Smoking campaign at the Pelita restaurant.
10 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

A grand send-off for family matriarch

GEORGE TOWN: When someone has the rank of great-great grandmother, tallying up how many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren there are can be hard.

Final farewell: Family members saying goodbye during Leong’s (inset) funeral at Mt Erskine funeral parlour in George Town.
8 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

From eye-catching to eyesore

Wonderful tourism exploration ruined by the presence of plastic trash.

The seven kayakers passing City Hall at the Esplanade while making a clockwise circuit around Penang island of about 90km.
6 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Illegal hotels making a comeback

GEORGE TOWN: Billed by Unesco as “a living testimony to the multi-cultural heritage of Asia and Europe”, the popular George Town World Heritage Site is unfortunately seeing a resurgence of illegal hotels with questionable fire safety.

Illegal partition: Penang Island City Council enforcement officers knocking down a room at an unlicensed hotel in George Town during a recent operation.
6 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Associations: Illegal hotel issue needs to be addressed quickly

PETALING JAYA: The government has to act quickly in addressing problems about illegal hotels, says Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners executive director Shaharuddin M. Saaid.

Sort out the issue: Shaharuddin and Cheah are hoping the government takes quick action on the illegal hotels problem.
6 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Khalid: Safety standards to be further tightened and enforced

PETALING JAYA: Safety standards for budget hotels and short-term rentals will be further tightened and enforced this year, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

Tourist enclave: George Town is popular with foreign backpackers.
4 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

RM10mil for ancient secrets

SUNGAI PETANI: The race is on to uncover more secrets from the ruins of the oldest known civilisation in South-East Asia – the Sungai Batu archaeological site in Kedah.

Relic: Visitors looking at an ancient clay furnace (relau), believed to have been made between 5AD and 10AD, in the compound of a kampung house in Kampung Chemara, Jeniang and relocated to the Sungai Batu Archaeological Site at Lembah Bujang, Kedah.