Penang forgetting its history

  • Nation
  • Monday, 01 Jan 2007

PENANG: The Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) has slammed the state government for not organising any special event to celebrate the golden jubilee of George Town’s city status and the 150th anniversary of the state’s municipal status.  

SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS: Anwar showing two books published inconjunction with the Penang municipal centenary celebrations 50years ago. — H.N. LEONG/The Star

Describing it as a “mis-opportunity,” PHT trustee Datuk Anwar Fazal said a mammoth celebration was held 50 years ago to mark both occasions. 

“The centenary celebration of Penang’s municipal status was held from Jan 1 to Jan 3, 1957, and the grand occasion was attended by some 5,000 dignitaries including the sultans from several states.  

“There were chingay demonstrations, a decorated vehicle procession, wayang kulit displays and cross-channel swimming matches.  

“During the celebration, George Town was also granted city status by England’s Queen Elizabeth. 

“Sadly, we seem to have forgotten both historic events as there is nothing planned by the state to mark this occasion,” he told newsmen in front of City Hall yesterday.  

Anwar suggested that the Federal Government launch a national project for every state to publish a book on the history of its streets and places of interest. 

“These streest should each have a birth certificate to note its origin and story. If we understand our past, we will be able to plan more effectively for the future,” he said.  

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