Archive | September 2014

“Talking Books” at Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

“Talking Books” is a related event of “The Book of the Month” programme by Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated, Penang to introduce heritage-related books.  As The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang was recently launched on Saturday, 6th September 2014 by the Chief Minister of Penang, Tuan Lim Guan Eng, they invited the two authors of The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang, Mr. Tan Kim Hong and Mr. Ooi Bok Kim to give a presentation on Saturday, 27th September at 2.00 p.m. The Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang was also invited to attend the presentation and also to promote and sell The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to the guests.  It was open to the public on a first-come basis as the place can only hold 50 to 60 guests.

At Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) for "Talking Books" presentation on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

At Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) for “Talking Books” presentation on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Interested guests looking at The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Interested guests looking at The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ooi Bok Kim having a quiet discussion while waiting for the presentation to begin.

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ooi Bok Kim having a quiet discussion while waiting for the presentation to begin.

Guests waiting for the "Talking Books" session to begin.

Guests waiting for the “Talking Books” session to begin.

The MC introducing the speakers to the guests.

MC Ms. Leong Kit Yeng introducing the speakers to the guests.

Tan Kim Hong giving his presentation.

Tan Kim Hong giving his presentation.

Guests at the "Talking Books" presentation.

Guests at the “Talking Books” presentation.

Ooi Bok Kim giving his take on the architectural aspect of the 5 Hokkien Community Temples of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Ooi Bok Kim giving his take on the architectural aspect of the 5 Hokkien Community Temples of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Presentation of souvenirs to the 2 speakers from the boss of Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated.

Presentation of souvenirs to the 2 speakers from the General Manager, Ms. Lim Chooi Ping of Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI).

Group Photo at the end of the Book Talk.  (phoro courtesy of Tan Ai Boay).

Group Photo at the end of the Book Talk. (phoro courtesy of Tan Ai Boay).

 

 

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The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Hi Readers,

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang which is available at our 5 Temples.

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Our 200-page hard cover books priced at Rm100/- each on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang are available at the following places:-

 

Books are sold at Sian Chye Tong, 395 Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang

Books are sold at Sian Chye Tong, 395 Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang.

Khoo Kongsi Gift Shop at No.15 Cannon Square (opposite Ticketing Office)

Khoo Kongsi Gift Shop at No.15 Cannon Square (opposite Ticketing Office) on the left of the entrance leading to the courtyard.

Toon Boon Tong Gift Shop, 6 Cannon Street, Penang

Toon Boon Tong Gift Shop, 6 Cannon Street, Penang.  See Sim Kuang Nien and his staff for The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Art Gallery of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang

Art Gallery of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang

Snake Temple (Hock Hin Keong), Sungei Kluang, Penang

Hock Hin Keong (Snake Temple), Sungei Kluang, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple), Jelutong, Penang

Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple), Jelutong, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Kim Hoe Keong/Siew Thean Keong, Jalan Dato' Keramat, Penang

Kim Hoe Keong/Siew Thean Keong, Jalan Dato’ Keramat, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C.Y. Choy

Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C.Y. Choy (photo by Peter Ho)

 

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

 

Please note that all proceeds from the sale of our books are for repairs, renovation, upkeep and maintenance of the above 5 Temples.  We will be undertaking a major renovation of Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple) in Jelutong, Penang soon.

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Book Launching cum 158th Anniversary Dinner of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang held our 158th Anniversary Dinner at CRC Restaurant, Victoria Green, Penang on Saturday, 6th September 2014.  It was a double celebration for us this time as we also had our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang launched by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang.  This book documents the migration of our forefathers to Penang during the 18th and 19th Centuries. They settled in Penang and formed the Big Five Clanhouses namely Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh.

These 5 iconic kongsis together with our 5 Hokkien Community Temples depict our unique cultural heritage from Fujian, China.  For more information please visit http://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/ where you can see beautiful photos taken by our Webmaster, Mr. Peter Ho.

The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang was authored by historian, Mr. Tan Kim Hong with Mr. Ooi Bok Kim giving his architectural insight in Chapter 6.  It was a milestone in the history of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Book Launching cum 158th Anniversary Dinner of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Book Launching cum 158th Anniversary Dinner of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on Saturday, 6th September 2014.

Group photo of the Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Group photo of the Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Centre Photo -Reception Table manned by Cheah Hock Cheok and his All Clan Youths.  Guests waiting for the arrival of State Dignitaries.

Centre Photo -Reception Table manned by Cheah Hock Cheok and his All Clan Youths. Guests waiting for the arrival of State Dignitaries.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law and Y.B. Teh Lai Heng taking a group photo with the Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at the main entrance of CRC Restaurant, Victoria Green, Penang.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law and Y.B. Teh Lai Heng taking a group photo with the Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at the main entrance of CRC Restaurant, Victoria Green, Penang.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being greeted upon arrival by Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; signing Guest Book and greeting guests before seating at the Main Table.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being greeted upon arrival by Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; signing Guest Book and greeting guests before seating at the Main Table.  Inset Photo middle left – Our Webmaster, Peter Ho with our Trustee Yeoh Seng Hoe while waiting for the arrival of the State dignitaries.

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang giving  his welcome speech.

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang giving his welcome speech.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng interacting with the guests.  They responded to his banter with actions and laughter.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng interacting with the guests during his speech. They responded to his banter with actions and laughter.

Highlight of the Evening - The official launching of The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Highlight of the Evening – The official launching of The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng. 

After launching of book, friends and youths from All Clan helped to sell The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

After launching of book, friends and youths from All Clan helped to sell The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Guests and hosts having a good time at the dinner.

Guests and hosts having a good time at the dinner.

Trustees and VIPs cutting the 158th Anniversary Cake.

Trustees and VIPs cutting the 158th Anniversary Cake.

Is everybody having a good time?  YES.

Is everybody having a good time? YES.  Including the Chairman and Supt. Lah Fah Hin.

Entertainment Time.

Entertainment Time.

It is the time to drink and be merry.

It is the time to drink and be merry.

Presentation of plaque by Chairman to Cheah Cheng Ean for being conferred Darjah Johan Negeri by TYT Governor of Penang.

Presentation of plaque by Chairman to Cheah Cheng Ean for being conferred Darjah Johan Negeri by TYT Governor of Penang.

What a night for Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

What a night for Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Thank you Michael Chuan for taking photos for us.

 

 

 

 

Press Conference by Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow on 3rd September 2014

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

LAND AT JALAN TANJONG TOKONG, PENANG FOR CHOOI BEE KEONG TEMPLE
The Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang are glad to inform you that the State Government of Penang has managed to resolve a long-standing matter for us. We had a problem with the exchange of land with Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang regarding our land in Jalan Tanjong Tokong, which was acquired for the expansion of the road. MPPP signed an Agreement with Hokkien Kongsi, Penang in 1979, undertaking to give us the land of the present site of our temple, Chooi Bee Keong. This was not done  for 35 years.

We are pleased to say that we were called to see Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 10.30 a.m. for the presentation of the title deed to this piece of land.  A press conference was held in the Conference Room, chaired by Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow.  He was pleased to be able to resolve this matter for us and close the file on this outstanding land issue once and for all.

When Pakatan Rakyat took over the administration of the State Government in Year 2008, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang went to see him in Year 2010 for assistance with regard to our land opposite Snake Temple in Sungei Kluang, Penang.  When our land was acquired in 1974 for the highway, we were only paid for the area acquired (approximately 6,000 sq ft) and the balance of 25,000 sq ft was supposed to be exchanged for the present road in front of Snake Temple.  Nothing was done after the highway was built and neither did we get back the balance of our land for over 30 years.

We went to see Y.B. Chow for help in this long-standing matter and he arranged for the balance lot to be returned to us in Year 2011, after 37 long years. Needless to say we were very happy to have this title deed returned to us at our 155th Anniversary Dinner on 11th March 2011, which is documented in our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.  This book was recently launched by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng on Saturday, 6th September 2014 at CRC Restaurant, Victoria Green, Penang.

Now we can finally close the files on these 2 land issues.  A big thank you to Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow, Penang State Executive Councillor for Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation for your invaluable assistance.

 

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow talking to press members.

Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow talking to press members.

Presentation of Title Deed to the land of Chooi Bee Keong in Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Presentation of Title Deed to the land of Chooi Bee Keong in Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Penang by Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow to Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang (from left to right Yeoh Seng Hoe, Khoo Kee Chooi, Lim Poh Hock, Tan Kok Chye, Khoo Kay Hock, Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow, Tan Lye Hock, Tan Joo Chye, Cheah Cheng Ean & Cheah Phee Guan)

The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang - Page 184 showing Y. B. Chow returning the Title Deed of the balance of our land opposite Snake Temple at our 155th Anniversary Dinner on 11th March 2014.

Book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang – Page 184 showing Y. B. Chow returning the Title Deed of the balance of our land opposite Snake Temple at our 155th Anniversary Dinner on 11th March 2014.

Page 185 of The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang showing Title Deed of our land opposite Snake Temple, Penang

Page 185 of The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang showing Title Deed of our land opposite Snake Temple, Penang.

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang which is available at our 5 Temples.

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang which is available at our 5 Temples.