156th Anniversary Dinner on 1st September 2012
The Board of Trustees of Hokkien
Kongsi, Penang welcomes all of you to celebrate our 156th Anniversary
Dinner with us this evening.
Last year at our 155th Anniversary Dinner, the present State Government
returned the Title Deed of the land opposite the Snake Temple after it
was acquired in 1974. That was indeed a milestone in the history
of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang. We had to wait for 37 long
years. Once again, we would like to say a big Thank You to YB
Tuan Chow Kon Yeow for putting an end to our misery.
Today we are happy to inform you that the State Government has
intervened, yet again, and will be giving us the title deed to the
present site of Chooi Bee Keong at Tanjung Tokong, opposite the
Bomba. This is in exchange for our land, which was acquired by
MPPP for road widening in 1979. We are very glad to inform you
that it is due to the untiring efforts of YB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow
that MPPP has finally agreed to give us this title deed after 33 long
years. Truth be told, we had to file a civil suit against MPPP
and we will be withdrawing our claim, now that this matter has been
We are glad to inform you that Hokkien Kongsi, Penang has set up our
Website and Facebook, the addresses of which have been put at your
tables for your information.
We have engaged Researcher, Mr. Tan Kim Hong, to research the history
of the five Hokkien Clans namely Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh and the
five temples, namely
Bee Keong at Tg Tokong,
Hong Beow at Jalan C. Y Choy,
Keong/Siew Thean Keong at Jalan Dato’
Leong Keong aka Tai Tay Yah at Jelutong
Hin Keong aka Snake Temple.
A coffee table book will be produced to document this history.
We are pleased to announce that we have progressed into the Digital Age
by digitizing all our documents for easy reference.
We are taking steps to integrate heritage with technology so that we
will stay relevant in the years to come. I have been repeatedly
told by someone close to me, to move forward into the Digital Age or
you will be a living dinosaur. I have taken her advice because
dinosaurs have become extinct and Hokkien Kongsi does not want to go in
Enjoy your dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing this happy
occasion with us.
Khoo Kay Hock, P.K.T.
Chairman, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang