Malaysia proudly hosted the 29th Southeast Asian Games or the SEA Games from 19-30 August 2017 for the first time since 2001 when Penang proudly played hosts to several of the sporting events. This time around the torch relay route passed through Penang from 3-7 July. Special needs students and football athletes hailing from the state participated in this special event.
Penang is the birthplace of many top athletes of the nation such as Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Nicol David. There have also been many other athletes who have been the pride of the state and previous winners of the SEA Games from 1959 to 2015 were also recently compiled in the book ‘Penang’s SEA Games Gold Medallists’ to commemorate the contributions of past athletes.
During the 2017 SEA Games, Penangites did not disappoint as many of them emerged winners in their respective sporting categories. Congratulations to all the athletes on their wins and thank you for making us proud.
Since its recent launch in the Malaysian cinemas, You Mean The World To Me has become a hot topic, especially amongst local Penangnites. It is a semi-autobiographical story based on the life of director Saw Teong Hin’s life (of Puteri Gunung Ledang fame). The film is a beautiful cinematic experience led by Christopher Doyle who has worked on acclaimed Hong Kong productions such as Happy Together starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung. Set in Penang and filmed entirely in Penang Hokkien, the movie exhibits a lovely plot that touches you as it unravels Saw’s complicated family history and his troubled relationship with his mother.
Besides the storyline, Penang moviegoers will surely recognise various locations of the movie set throughout the island from the recently refurbished Majestic Theatre in Georgetown to the little- known Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Balik Pulau. The film captures the essence of Penang beautifully as it alternates between the present and the past through scenes of the main character Sunny’s life. It doesn’t matter if you understand the language or not, the story that unravels throughout the 98-minute movie will surely touch you and stay with you for a long time.
If you’re in Malaysia, do make sure you support the film by watching it in cinemas. Here is a video clip of the making of You Mean The World To Me.
Dato’ Lee Chong Wei won another accolade for himself and Penang by winning the All-England Men’s Singles Badminton Championship a fourth time having outplayed China’s Shi Yuqi with a convincing 21-12, 21-10 win in Birmingham recently (March 12, 2017). Among his many other achievements, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei is also a three-time Olympic Silver Medalist and has also won the Malaysian Open title a record 11 times.
Congratulations, Dato’ Nicol David, on winning yet another title. No stranger to winning, Dato’ Nicol David, Penang’s sportswoman wonder, scored a clear 11-3, 11-4, 11-8 win over American Olivia Blatchfored in the final of the inaugural Ciudad de Floridablanca tournament in Columbia on March 11, 2017. This win was Nicol’s 81st PSA (Professional Squash Association) title in her 101st final and we look forward to many more wins from Dato’ Nicol in the years to come.
PenangTrails.com.my congratulates En. Mohd Faiz Subri on being awarded FIFA’s Puskas Award 2016.
Danny Quah is a Penangite who is very well-known and respected in his field: Economics and Academia.
Danny studied at Princeton and Harvard and has taught at institutions of learning like MIT and the London School of Economics (LSE).
Danny Quah is honored with the title of “Li Ka Shing Professor” at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS) and is well respected in his field of expertise having being an consultant to the Bank of England, World Bank and the Money Authority of Singapore. We are proud of this illustrious Penangite.
Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University
Research interests include income inequality, economic growth, and international economic relations.Mr. Quah’s current long-term research project is on an economic approach to world order, with focus on global power shift and the rise of the East, and models of global power relations.