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58th Anniversary Dinner cum Book Launching on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at CRC Restaurant, Victoria Green, Penang on Saturday, 6th September 2014

Chairman’s Message

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 and far.

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 and contributions.

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.

Thank you.
Khoo Kay Hock, P.K.T.
Chairman, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

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