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The Little children on the bike mural is repaired

The Little children on the bike mural is repaired

Thank Thomas, the artist assigned to repair the George Town most iconic mural.

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Quaint charm of shophouses

Quaint charm of shophouses

THE intricate details found in each shophouse can tell heritage enthusiasts which century the shophouse was built and to whom its influence is owed. Architect and author Tan Yeow Wooi, who specialises in heritage restoration and conservation, said shophouses were urban terrace buildings that had multiple functions from family homes to places of trade. “There […]

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George Town Festival opens with a sold-out ‘100% Penang’ show

George Town Festival opens with a sold-out ‘100% Penang’ show

Who can speak more than five languages? Who has lied on their tax return? Who thinks our local government is corrupt? One hundred Penangites answered these and many other thought-provoking questions on stage during a one and a half hour performance in the grand opening of the sixth edition of the George Town Festival (GTF) […]

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Visitors at Chew Jetty bite off more than they can chew

Visitors at Chew Jetty bite off more than they can chew

by jolynn francis CHEW Jetty residents are fuming mad with local tourists who display a lack of civic mindedness when visiting the iconic area in George Town. Ong Chiew Kee, 60, who has been living there for the past 30 years, said most of the time, it is the local tourists who disregard the importance […]

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Penang to ban foreign cooks at hawker outlets from January

Penang to ban foreign cooks at hawker outlets from January

The DAP-led Penang government is to ban foreigners from working as the main cooks at hawker food outlets starting Jan 1, 2015. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state executive council made the decision after 86 per cent of respondents in a survey supported the proposal. He said the requirement for street hawkers to […]

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Foreigners buying up Penang’s heritage properties

Foreigners buying up Penang’s heritage properties

Gerakan tells the state government to impose controls to protect the right of the locals. GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has urged the Penang government to stop foreigners and non-Penangite Malaysians from buying heritage properties in the state. Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong suggested this as a first step towards a general control to protect the […]

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Penang’s Soonstead Mansion saved from demolition

Penang’s Soonstead Mansion saved from demolition

An online petition and calls from the public to save Soonstead Mansion has stopped its owner from going ahead with plans to demolish parts of the grand building to build an 11-storey hotel. Local government and traffic management committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) received a letter from the […]

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Lonely Planet picks Penang as top food destination in 2004

Lonely Planet picks Penang as top food destination in 2004

The largest travel guide book publisher in the world, Lonely Planet, has listed Penang as the top culinary hotspot in the world for 2014. The island takes first place over other ‘foodie’ destinations such as Victoria in Australia, Lake District in United Kingdom, Puglia in Italy and Oaxaca in Mexico. Lonely Planet editor, Robin Barton […]

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The Guardian UK picks top 40 holiday hotspots in 2014

The Guardian UK picks top 40 holiday hotspots in 2014

Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2014 Start planning your 2014 travels with the help of our top 40 destination round-up. Some are hosting major events, others are under-the-radar places only just starting to attract tourists, but all of them are inspiring or exciting right now 8. George Town, Malaysia Once George Town was named […]

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 Malaysia George Town cleared of swiflet farms ahead of Unesco review

Malaysia George Town cleared of swiflet farms ahead of Unesco review

BY LOOI SUE-CHERN The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) has cleared George Town city of all swiflet breeding operations threatening pre-war building structures, ahead of a review by Unesco, which conferred the city a heritage status in 2008. State local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said swiftlet breeding was risking George Town’s Unesco heritage status, […]

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