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Outrage over Sia Boey again

GEORGE TOWN: The controversy surrounding the development of Sia Boey (old Prangin market) and the Prangin Canal has again sparked anger among heritage activists, this time with allegations that excavation works were being carried out illegally at the site.

Unesco listing both a boon and bane for George Town

ARRIVING by land and sea, thousands of tourists flock to Penang’s century-old clan jetties every day. These were once a collection of ramshackle huts on stilts – the oldest examples of Chinese settlements in Malaysia – on the verge of being demolished by property developers. But they are now filled with colourful homes peddling souvenirs, snacks and lodgings to the cultural traveller.

Lay-ing his mark on heritage protection

GEORGE TOWN: New Zealander Mark Lay is driven by his love for heritage.

City legacy being chipped away

GEORGE TOWN: A heritage activist has questioned if the local council and state government are serious about enforcing the Special Area Plan (SAP) for the George Town World Heritage Site.

Heritage activist keeps his cool during Q&A session

GEORGE TOWN: Feelings ran high at a heritage talk at the George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) office here.

Singapore developer still on buying spree

GEORGE TOWN: Singaporean real estate hunters with a taste for prewar properties in Penang are still on buying sprees, says an NGO.

Sia Boey train station vital for Komtar rebirth

GEORGE TOWN: Without the interchange train station that the state government intends to build at Sia Boey, plans to revitalise the 40-year-old Komtar may be impeded.

Move to protect Sia Boey praised

GEORGE TOWN: Several heritage conservationists here have lauded the National Heritage Department’s intention to protect Sia Boey (Old Prangin Market) under the Heritage Act 2005.

‘Letter to Unesco not politically motivated

GEORGE TOWN: The decision to submit a letter to Unesco’s World Heritage Centre (WHC) in Paris about the proposed Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) is not politically-motivated, said Penang Forum member Dr Lim Mah Hui.

Discovery of artefacts at Sia Boey may derail state’s original plan

BUILDING a light rail transit (LRT) interchange station on top of the Sia Boey archaeology site is like building one inside Fort Cornwallis, says George Town Heritage Action co-founder Mark Lay.