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Anniversary Dinner cum Book Launching on The Story of Hokkien
Kongsi, Penang at CRC Restaurant, Victoria Green, Penang on Saturday,
6th September 2014
Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
Yang Berhormat Tuan Danny Law Heng Kiang
Yang Berhormat Tuan Teh Lai Heng
Dato Seri, Datin Seri, Dato-Dato, Datin-Datin, Ladies and Gentlemen
Welcome to our 158th Anniversary Dinner. It is a double
celebration for us today as we are also launching our book on The Story
of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.
After a lot of hard work and determination, we have finally finished
our book, which was authored by Tan Kim Hong, with Ooi Bok Kim giving
us his architectural insight in Chapter 6. We are so happy to
have with us today, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, who has kindly consented
to do us the honour of launching our book.
This book documents the migration of our forefathers to Penang
commencing in the 18th Century. They settled here and formed the
Goh Tai Seh Kongs is, namely Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh. They
left us a rich legacy in the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown, which has
become the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, attracting visitors from near
These 5 iconic kongs is together with our 5 Hokkien community temples
depict our unique cultural heritage from Fujian, China. Of
course, the jewel in our crown is our Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple in Sungei
Kluang, which was the main tourist attraction during the Year of the
Snake in 2013. We saw an unprecedented turnout of visitors during
our Ban Ka Lan Festival, which was also graced by Y.A.B Tuan Lim Guan
Eng and other State dignitaries.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for taking
time from your busy schedule to come and witness this milestone in the
history of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.
My thanks also to:-
The Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang for all your support
The Management Committee; our Co-ordinator, Cheah Cheng Ean and my
wife, Rita, for helping me to organize this evening’s dinner.
My fellow trustees in Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi - Khoo Kee Chooi and
Khoo Kay Cheng - for helping with the Mandarin translation, not
forgetting our support staff who has chipped in to help too.
Dato’ Tan Leh Sah and her staff at Phoenix Press who has gone the extra
mile to help us by amending and correcting our printing files, wherever
necessary, to make the finished book look great.
Last but not least, my thanks to my wife, Rita, who is instrumental in
making sure this book is printed and ready for launching today.
Her untiring efforts during the past 5 months, coupled with sheer
tenacity and perseverance, have finally made this book a reality.
In fact we only received the book from the printers yesterday.
Khoo Kay Hock,
Chairman, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang