Chamber building lighted up nightly till month-end to mark centennial


The PCCC building all lighted up to celebrate its 100th year of establishment in Light Street, Penang. — Photos: GARY CHEN/The Star

THROUGHOUT August, the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s (PCCC) building opposite Fort Cornwallis in Light Street, George Town, will be illuminated at night to celebrate the chamber’s 100th year operation in the building.

The lights will be turned on from 8pm to 10.30pm nightly this month to attract shutterbugs, touristsand the locals to appreciate itshistorical architecture.

PCCC president Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng said although the chamber moved into the building in 1918, it was established in 1903.

“In 1917, the chamber bought a small section of the block at the rear, and moved in to operate in 1918.

Choot (blue batik, centre) and PCCC members posing for a photograph outside the building during the celebration.
Choot (blue batik, centre) and PCCC members posing for a photograph outside the building during the celebration.

“Hence, this year signifies our 100th year of establishment in this building and 115th year of the chamber’s founding.

“We hope to celebrate this occasion with the people by decorating it with lights,” he said during the recent lighting-up ceremony.

Designed by local architect Chew Eng Eam, the building features an open-air verandah on the rooftop overlooking the greens of the Esplanade.

The chamber acquired the entire block only in 1928.

A photo contest titled ‘Centennial Charm of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce Building’ is also ongoing with RM12,500 cash prizes to be won.

Contestants are required to use their skills and creativity to showcase the unique architecture of the building.

Closing date of the competition is Wednesday.

The prizes will be presented on Aug 18.

 

Lion dance troupes performing outside the building during the lighting up ceremony.
Lion dance troupes performing outside the building during the lighting up ceremony.

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