Penang Trail Blazers salutes Penangites who have inspired and delighted us with their selfless acts of giving and sharing and for their achievements of distinctions in their fields of endeavor.

In sports, fashion and the arts, due to the celebrity factor of these arenas, Penangites of distinction are known the world over: Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, Datuk Nicol David, Datuk Jimmy Choo and Tan Sri Dato’ Amar P. Ramlee are giants in their field. They blazed trails of their own to the top and are an inspiration to all and we salute them.

In the arenas of personal triumphs that inspire, and of charity and compassionate sharing, Penang’s Trail Blazers are less published.

There are stories and personalities here that we look forward to bring forth to Penang Trail Blazers Hall of Fame and may their stories inspire us to blaze our own trails.

Dato’ Oon Choo Eng

Directing, driving and supporting the important private and national-type schools, sports associations and not-for-profit healthcare facilities in Malaysia are men and women who selflessly devote their personal time and resources. Most do so by being advisors to and being on the board of directors and many assume the post after decades of hard work at their own businesses or professions. At the time others retire to a time of leisure, they work passionately to serve society. Read More

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr P Ramlee

P. Ramlee was born on March 22 1929 as Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh in a house his father and uncle built at Caunter Hall Road, Penang. His father was a sailor from Lho’ Seumawe, Acheh, Indonesia, who came to Penang in 1925 and his mother was Che Mah binti Husein of Kubang Buaya, Butterworth. Caunter Hall Road was re-named Jalan P. Ramlee to honor one of Penang’s most iconic sons. Read More

Dato' Vincent Loh

Dato’ Vincent Loh was Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LKT Group of Companies (a public listed company) located in Malaysia. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Design and Manufacturing from Loughborough University of Technology, England. Upon his return from England, he joined LKT and initiated the company’s semiconductor automation business that complemented the company’s existing precision engineering business and successfully grew the company and eventually public listing LKT on Malaysia’s main board. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Dato’ Vincent is an enthusiastic sportsman and a strong advocate of education.  As part of  LKT’s  Corporate Social Responsibility program, LKT was the major sponsor of the Everest Friendship project in 2006 together with the local business community. The proceeds from this fund raising project, which totaled RM300,000, went to the Kwang Hwa School (Penang) building fund. Read More

Dato’ Dr. Anwar Fazal

There are very few people who have such a diversity of skills that they are endeared with the term: “The Multiversity”. One such person is a Penangite: Dato’ (Dr.) Anwar Fazal. Someone once read 21 dimensions of this personality; Athlete, Student Activist, Teacher, Librarian, Consumer Activist, Health Activist, Environment Activist, UN Official, Private Secretary, Peace Activist, Anti Corruption Crusader, Poet, Global Days of Action Creator, Meteorologist, Professor, Foreword Writer, Swimmer, Book Rescuer, Walker, Logoist and Visionary. Read More

Dato’ Seri Chet Singh a/l Karam Singh

During his school days, Dato’ Seri Chet thought his thin and tall physique would make him excel in sports. He tried out cricket, hockey and a few other sports but he quickly ascertained that sports is not his cup of tea. He was only good enough for the second or third team and although he eventually made it to the first team for cricket, he took his mother’s advice and went into sports administration instead. While in the university, he got elected into the University of Malaya Athletic Committee as Assistant Secretary and ended being the President. In 1961/62, he set up a hockey club called De’ Recreio, and the team was so good it managed to become champion in the first division of the Selangor Hockey League. Read More

Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Lim Chong Eu

The Founder and Architect of modern Penang, Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Lim Chong Eu (1919 to 2010) is a towering Malaysian. Going by only the title of Dr. in all the twenty-one years as the Chief Minister of Penang (1969 to 1990) and with his vision, intelligence, integrity and will, Tun Lim developed Penang from its days as a backwater State in the 1960’s into a thriving electronics and semiconductor manufacturing powerhouse. Read More

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

He stood only 5 feet 2 inches tall but Dr Wu Lien-Teh was a dynamo of a man who towered above many of his contemporaries in his area of expertise: medicine. His dedication and contribution toward the advancement of medicine and his advancement of social and cultural causes earned him doctorates from many universities. Read More

Dato’ Seri Dr T.P. Devaraj

Born in 1924, Dr. Devaraj attended the Anglo Chinese School in Ipoh and continued his tertiary education at the University of Malaya in Singapore. He obtained his MBBS degree in 1952. He earned his MRCPE from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1959 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCPE) of Edinburgh in 1971. In 1995, he obtained his Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University. Read More