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June 2018

Hotel Bali

By |2018-06-29T16:33:18+08:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town|Tags: |


Heard of Hotel Bali? It was located at Jalan Ali Pitchay. This picture was taken from their business card. On the back of the card is the following description: “Stylishly furnished modern hotel; all rooms with telephones and bathrooms; ample parking space; air conditioned bar and restaurant with beautiful waitresses in attendance; excellent Chinese and European food; special monthly rate available; moderate charge prompt service.”

Ever been to Hotel Bali?

50th Anniversary of the Perak Chinese Physicians & Druggist Association

By |2018-06-27T09:37:13+08:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs|

This photograph was courtesy of Lian Kim Keong, whose father (2nd from left) was a practicing chinese physician

Held at the town hall, this photograph was taken on the 50th anniversary of the Perak Chinese Physicians & Druggist Association between 1970 and 1980. Dr. Ho Kai Cheong, the founder of Ho Yan Hor tea can be seen in the photograph (8th from right).

To see more photographs from the 50th anniversary celebrations, click here.

ANY Gift House?

By |2018-06-22T15:56:58+08:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: famous brands, Ipoh Town, Memories|Tags: , , |


Here’s another one from the Yeoh Family album. I know…it’s a funeral procession (no, we’re not feeling morbid today). What caught my eye was the signboard on the extreme right – ANY Co Gift House. I’ve certainly never heard of it (perhaps too young to remember… 😉 ). Do any of YOU remember this shop?

Famous Names (7)

By |2018-06-18T16:07:52+08:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|


Picture from Winson Saw, Penang

The picture is not that clear, but I’m sure you can more or less see what our featured celebrity looks like. Born in 1884, he joined the Malayan Civil Service as a cadet in 1907. In 1932 he was appointed British Resident of Selangor and the following year as British Resident of Perak, a post he held until 1939 when he returned to London as Head of the Malay States Information Agency. He is none other than Sir Geoffrey Edmund Cator, CMG.

And yes, the famed Cator Avenue was named after him 🙂

Table Tennis Winners

By |2018-06-13T15:36:16+08:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Events, games, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , |


picture courtesy of: Haji Musa & family

Yes, those in the leading car in this parade were the Perak State Table Tennis Team. Incidentally, the team won the National Table Tennis Championship back in 1967. The winners went on parade through Hugh Low Street – passing the premises of the Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation. The President of the Perak Association, Towkay Chong Kok Lim (later Tan Sri) was said to be in the leading car. Does anyone remember this parade?

Sports Day, at the Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School

By |2018-06-11T15:25:12+08:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People, Sports|Tags: , , |

Yes, you read it right – Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School. Maybe you’re more familiar with its current name – Methodist Girls’ School (MGS).

Anyway, here is a nostalgic photograph taken during the sports day. The guest of honour is none other than Mrs Florence Kesselring.


photo courtesy of: Ann Hamon (nee Kesselring)

Perak Academy Talk

By |2018-06-07T09:59:12+08:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Ipoh Town, Perak Academy Talk|



GE14 marked an end to half a century of a “one-party state” paradigm, which started with a Malay Tsunami (not a Chinese Tsunami!) in 1969.  Tun Razak’s “one-party state” paradigm came with two heavy drawbacks.   First, UMNO/BN’s unchecked power bred corruption and abuse of power, which culminated in the 1MDB global scandal.   Second, by attempting to eliminate Malay opposition parties, UMNO unwittingly radicalized PAS.


The 2018 Malaysian Tsunami swept away UMNO’s synthesising the state of the party.   But are we seeing a “two-party system” now?   Even if we can have a “two-party system”, will it benefit Malaysia?    Will the elimination of UMNO reduce or worsen communalism in Malaysia?   Should Pakatan Harapan make a conscious effort to choose and nurture its loyal opposition?


Be prepared to have many of your established ideas and conventional wisdom challenged and examined by a speaker who is known for counter-intuitive ideas and unconventional analysis.


Interested? Contact FT Lum for reservation, latest by 11 June 2018

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