PROCEEDS from the sale of a book on Penang’s history have been channelled to the Penang Heritage Trust and Kenosis Home.
The organisations received a cheque for RM36,500 each from Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, who wrote the book titled Penang History, My Story.
Penang Heritage Trust president Khoo Salma Nasution and Kenosis Home co-founder Pastor Richard Lee were present at the cheque presentation ceremony in Menara Star, Petaling Jaya to receive the contribution.
Khoo Salma said she was grateful for the donation.
“It is a generous contribution (and it will go) towards the preservation of Penang’s heritage,” she said.
She stressed that it was important for the nation and Penang’s heritage to be preserved.
“Heritage is important for cultural identity and social memory. The next generation has to know their origins and what their ancestors achieved, to have a sense of Malaysian identity,” she said.
Lee said he was happy that the home, a drug rehabilitation centre for men, was chosen as a beneficiary.
“I know that one of the causes close to Wong’s heart is helping the destitute, so Kenosis is thankful to be one of the recipients of the donation,” he added.
Wong said his motivation for writing Penang History, My Story was his love for Penang.
Furthermore, he said, the memories of Penang from others who lived there should be preserved for the benefit of future generations.
The books are sold at MPH and Popular bookstores.
The Star’s corporate clients contributed by buying copies of the book.