Tribute to living heritage


Kwongtuck Sundries, which was established since 1836, are branding their products on digital platforms, and fully utilising e-wallet and delivery services to promote their business.

WITH no celebratory activities for the 13th George Town Heritage Day, the George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) has decided to use the allocation as one-time award money for 22 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Each of them will receive RM5,000.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the special initiative was to thank the artisans, masters and advocators for their lifelong commitments, persistence in mastering the skills, continuous dedication on knowledge transmission to the next generations, and for their outstanding efforts and initiatives to promote cultural heritage activities in Penang.

Nonis: Awarded for Merit on Cultural Heritage AdvocacyNonis: Awarded for Merit on Cultural Heritage Advocacy

He said the GTWHI had planned for celebratory activities to be carried out yesterday but could not execute the plan due to the movement control order (MCO).

“Therefore, the GTWHI directors have decided to use the remaining allocation as one-time award money for the 22 recipients.

“The move is also coherent with the Penang2030 theme and strategic initiatives, in particular to increase liveability, enhance quality of life, and diversify the arts and cultural sectors, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday.In April this year, GTWHI announced the recipients of the GTWHI Heritage Recognition and Awards 2020 for their contributions to the Outstanding Universal Value of George Town Unesco World Heritage Site.

The six recipients for the Mastery of Skills category are Chor Teik Heng, Chua Saw Tin, Jimah Chin, Khoo Tiang Shing, Lee Teik Chye and Teoh Huah Guan.

Noo Wan: Awarded for Dedication on Knowledge TransmissionNoo Wan: Awarded for Dedication on Knowledge Transmission

The 10 recipients for the Dedication on Knowledge Transmission category are Anthony Chan Guan Fook, Cheah Cheng Seang, Chong Yit Leong, May Lim Seiw Seng@Lim Ah Mui, Noo Wan@Wandee Aroonratana, Omar Md Hashim, Ooi See Han, Tang Ah Wa@Tang Chin Yong, Toh Ai Hwa and Yeap Chin Boon.

Cheah Swee Huat, Eustace Anthony Nonis and Tong Poh Kheng are the three recipients for Merit on Cultural Heritage Advocacy category while Kuan Cheng Phoey, Lam Pin Lik and Law Boon Wah@Don Law received the Merit on Outstanding Efforts and Dedication.

Yesterday was a public holiday for Penang as George Town celebrated its 13th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Cheah: Awarded for Merit on Cultural Heritage AdvocacyCheah: Awarded for Merit on Cultural Heritage Advocacy

Chow said Penang as the cultural hub of Malaysia had demonstrated that people were capable of adapting to and embracing change.

“This is an extraordinary time with extraordinary challenges. Yet we see people of different ethnicities and cultural and religious backgrounds adapting to their traditional practices and daily life.

“Cultural activities and religious ceremonies have turned home-based, with digital platforms being brought in to maintain a sense of community togetherness, ” he said.

Chow singled out local businesses, including long-term trades such as Hameediyah Restaurant (established since 1907) and Kwongtuck Sundries (established since 1836) as examples that had branded their products on digital platforms.

Tang: Awarded for Dedication on Knowledge TransmissionTang: Awarded for Dedication on Knowledge Transmission

“They also fully utilise e-wallet and delivery services to promote their businesses.

“These businesses may have been established more than 100 years ago but they remain competitive today because they are able to embrace change for tomorrow, ” said Chow.

Meanwhile, on the activities to be conducted for the Heritage Day celebrations, GTWHI general manager Dr Ang Ming Chee said GTWHI through George Town Festival 2021 would showcase online programmes including audio-immersive theatre, digital theatre, a concert, short film and docudrama screenings, sharing sessions and workshops from July 10 to 18.

Chua: Awarded for Mastery of SkillsChua: Awarded for Mastery of Skills

“Adaptations were also made for the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2021 through the 7/7 Heritage Day Sales Campaign initiative to promote products from George Town and Penang to a wider market.

“The #GeorgeTownHeritage Photo Contest was also launched to raise awareness on the diversity of George Town’s cultural heritage through photographs and stories from the public, ” she said.

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