Bring back Penang magic and glory


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Dec 2004

THE STAR today announces its campaign “Stand Up For Penang” aimed at reviving the past glory and magic of the island (and Seberang Perai). 

What do Penangites – all over the world – love about Penang that is currently missing or fallen into a state of benign neglect? 

First, it’s possibly the island’s charm; its leisurely, yet purposeful, pace of life. Then, there is its history as a vibrant trading and cosmopolitan hub; Third, it’s the range of food, unrivalled in Malaysia. Also, Penang is a centre of excellence shown by so many Penangites in top and diverse positions in Malaysia and all over the world. The list goes on. 

In our “Stand Up For Penang” campaign, The Star will work with everyone who loves Penang – the government, the corporations, hotels, historians, conservation groups, NGOs, schools, trishaw peddlars, hawkers and overseas Penangites – to try and bring the old glory back to this island of peace, beauty and heritage. 

Supporting this campaign will be our media partners. 

We also want those who love Penang (and those who don’t like Penang for whatever reason) to give us their input. Write or e-mail to us your views and suggestions. 

For a start, The Star will be launching the following projects in the course of 2005: 

  • A Clean-Up Penang Week; 

  • My Penang – prominent Penang personalities all over the world write why they love Penang and how they want to promote Penang; 

  • Food Paradise Fest – promotion of Penang food, including inviting food writers from our Asia News Network partners to visit Penang to sample its delights; and 

  • Penang Peranakan Heritage – highlighting the diversity, beauty and colour of Penang’s cultural heritage. 

    The Star, which was born in Penang 33 years ago, and you will make a difference. Let’s Stand Up For Penang. 

    Click to go to Stand Up For Penang website 

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