Down memory lane in Penang with Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai

Wong talking about his book, Penang’s History, My Story last year. Proceeds from the sales of the book’s first print run were donated to Kenosis Home and the Penang Heritage Trust. Photo: Filepic

Walking down the streets of George Town is an experience like no other.

Not only do they offer interesting sights and delicious food, many of them have amazing stories to tell. From Lebuh Armenian, with its thriving market and beautiful murals, to once-seedy Campbell Street, formerly a red-light district, many of these streets are rich in culture and history.

Those interested in knowing more about the evocative streets of Penang should head to the book-sharing event by the author of Penang’s History, My Story, Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

The session is held in conjunction with BookFest@Malaysia 2015, a nine-day bookfair at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre organised by Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd and beginning on July 11. Wong will appear in the afternoon on the opening day of the fest (see details below).

Penang’s History, My Story uses street names in George Town as a means of exploring the stories of a particular area, diving into the island’s rich cultural and historical heritage along the way.

It takes readers on a captivating walk down memory lane, through a collection of fascinating essays.

The essays appeared as a similarly named newspaper column that was published from Jan 5, 2013, to Jan 4, 2014, in the Metro section of The Star; additional features were written by Wong’s Penangite colleagues especially for the book.


Penang’s History, My Story is also nominated in the non-fiction category of this year’s Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards, which will be presented in a ceremony during BookFest@Malaysia on July 11.

A born and bred Penangite, Wong is the managing director and CEO of Star Media Group Bhd [formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd]. He was chairman of the Asia News Network, the largest Asian umbrella group of over 18 news media organisations and is currently a board member of the Paris-based World Editors Forum.

Wong has won Malaysia’s best journalist award for his work on Islamic radicalism and terrorism. He is a member of the Council of Governance of the National Innovation Agency in the Prime Minister’s Department and is a trustee of the Global Movement of Moderates.

The Penang’s History, My Story book-sharing session will take place at The Stage@Hall 5 of the KLCC from 2pm to 2.45pm on July 11. For more information, call Xingpei at 03-9179 6135 or e-mail

BookFest@Malaysia 2015 will be on daily, 10am to 10pm, from July 11 to 19 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Admission is with purchase of the BookFest catalogue at RM2.50 per entry or RM10 for multiple entries over the nine days. Catalogues are now available at all Popular and Harris bookstore outlets nationwide and will also be sold at the event’s entrance. Entrance is free for students who are 18 years old and below and for senior citizens aged 60 and above. For more information, visit

Star Media Group Bhd [formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd] is a media partner of BookFest@Malaysia 2015.

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