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First of, let me just say …..

Happy Heritage Day 2011.

Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story. Written by David Palmer and Michael Joll.

Yesterday I was in Gopeng for the launching of David Palmer’s book titled Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story. Have been working on the book for the past few months and am very glad to see it published and launched. The book is published by Muzium Gopeng who are also offically opening their “Heritage House”. The event was officiated by the Minister of Tourism YB Dato’ Sri Ng Yen Yen.

Dato Ng Yen Yen holding the book with the author David Palmer on the left.

Hard covered, 352 pages, and featuring a wealth of original illustrations, maps, tables and never before seen photographs. Priced at RM100 / GBP20 (excluding packing and postage). You can order by email from Mrs Mai Palmer – mataniph@yahoo.com . Or just go over to http://www.osbornechappelstory99.wordpress.com

Heritage House in Gopeng

The Heritage House is located at 6, Jalan Sungai Itek, 31600 Gopeng. Tel : 05-3597828. “It is the latest building in Gopeng to be restored with the aim of transporting visitors back in time to have a glimpse of how life was when the Kinta Valley had the richest tin mines in the world.” – source Foong Thim Leng ~ Starmetro. Visit to Heritage House is by appointment only and there’s also a “homestay programme”. Beside the Opening of Heritage House and the launching of “Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story”, Muzium Gopeng is also celebrating their 2nd Anniversary as well as World Heritage Day. The town that once was the base for “Sup Yee Kongsi” (Osborne & Chappel) is moving towards Heritage Eco-Tourism. Well done Gopeng. To all, cheers. HAPPY HERITAGE DAY 2011. “It is not the HONOR that you take with you but the HERITAGE you leave behind.” – Branch Rickey greenbitch/witch


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Green is a color I really need to stare at now cause staring too much at the monitar is not good. Staring at green is supposed to be good for the eye. How much is that true ? I don’t know. Anyway, speaking or typing about Green reminded me of the event I’ve  circled on my calendar and would like to share with you all. It’s not always that you get events happening anywhere near or around Ipoh. Well…. good news… Project Revive will be having their Green Living Activities at Teluk Batik Lumut.


Date :  11th and 12th June, 2010

Day :  Friday and Saturday

Time :  8am to 9pm

Activities :  Beach Clean Up, Throwing in Mudballs, Plant A Tree Campaingn, Dive & Clean,  Painting selected items, etc, we will be ending up with a “Thank You”” party with food, music, games, karaoke, lucky draws and maybe even live music.

You can read about their programmes here.

For those of you who’s free and would like to give back something to mother Earth, get your green tee on and start out to Lumut. as they always say….the MORE the MERRIER. Keep the date free and bring your family and drag all you friends there. Have a fun &  green day.



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The International Day for Monuments and Sites (informally known as the World Heritage Day) was created on 18th April, 1982, by ICOMOS and later approved at the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. Check out more in my last year blog.

This year 2010 the theme is AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE. To know more about Agricultural Heritage go here.

Heritage Trail Map 1 by Kinta Heritage Sdn Bhd

As for me, I’ll probably checkout Ipoh Heritage Walk that going to be taken place on April 25. The tour, commencing at the Ipoh Town Hall at 8.00 a.m., a total of 24 heritage buildings located within the perimeter of Club Road (Jalan Dato’ Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab), Post Office Road (Jalan Dewan), Clayton Road (Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam) and Belfield Street (Jalan Sultan Yussuf) will be visited. Read more here.

Whatever you be doing, take a moment to appreciate our heritage. Once gone, can never get it back again.


green bitch/witch 😉

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Perak Heritage Society or better known as PHS has recently joined the rest of us in going digital ~ blogging about things that are close to their heart – HERITAGE.

With so many of us turning to new and modern looking stuffs, changing of styles and fashion and totally forgetting our very own heritage. Take time to look back at how simpler life was. Appreciate the beauty around us, whether it’s the scenery, building, people, culture etc, because once gone you might NEVER be able to see it again. Enjoy the moment because it is PRECIOUS.

“It is not the honor that you take
with you, but the
heritage you leave behind.”
~ Branch Rickey

So what are you waiting for, do your part. To know more about PHS, please click here.

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On September 3, 1899 a girl was born with the name Sybil Medan Daly( Medan because she was born in Medan). She grow up and was a trained nurse and midwife, married to Dr. Abdon Clement Kathigasu in 1919. She was better known as Sybil Kathigasu. They operated a clinic at No. 141 Brewster Road (now Jalan Sultan Idris Shah) in Ipoh from 1926 until the Japanese invaded Malaya.

papanmapThe spot mark yellow is Sybil’s Clinic in Papan.

The family escaped to the nearby town of Papan days before Japanese forces occupied Ipoh.  They lived at No. 74, Main Street Papan.

The family took refuge outside Ipoh because Ipoh was bombed. They turned into Papan as they heard planes flying above. They met a friend and moved immediately into No.74.


TheClinic, No 74, Main Street Papan.

She secretly listened to BBC broadcast. The family quietly supplied medicines, medical services and information to the resistance forces until they were arrested in 1943.


Despite being iterrogated and tortured by the Japanese military police, Sybil persisted in her efforts and was thrown in Batu Gajah jail.

Sybil did not persist in her effort once she was jailed. She refused to cooperate with the Kempeitai. she refused to admit that she helped the anti-Japanese willingly. She claimed she was forced into it. She took on all the responsibility for helping them in order that her husband and adopted son William Pillay may be let off lightly.

After Malaya was liberated in August 1945, Kathigasu was flown to Britain for medical treatment. There, she began writing her memoirs.

Sybil received the George Medal for Gallantry several months before her death . She was the first Malayan woman to be awarded  the medal for bravery.

Dawn(Sybil’s daughter) was the brave little soldier who received a citation for her bravery. It is mentioned in Ho Tak Ming’s DOCTORS EXTRAORDINAIRE.

Sybil Kathigasu died on 12 June 1948 in Britain and her body was buried in Lanark, Scotland. Her body was later returned to Ipoh and buried at the Roman Cathalic cemetery beside St Michael’s Church.

A road in the City of  Ipoh was named after Sybil Kathigasu after independence to commemorate her bravery.

The road named after Sybil is in Fair Park, Ipoh. Road name: Jalan Sybil Kathigasu.

Today, the shop house at 74, Main Road, Papan, serves as a memorial to Sybil Kathigasu is a private project of Law Siak Hong, currently the President of Perak Heritage Society.

To know more about the life of Sybil Kathigasu, read No Dram of Mercy by Neville Spearman.

(The original edition of NO DRAM OF MERCY, published by Neville Spearman, is long out of print. The second edition, by Oxford Uni Press, Singapore, 1983, is also out of print.The only version still available is published in 2005 by Prometheus Enterprise, KL. Also published by Prometheus, a Chinese tanslation of the book is a work of literature well worth a read.There is another book, as you know: Faces of Courage, which incorporates the whole text of No Dram Of Mercy.

There’s also a Singapore TV drama series titled The Price of Peace about her life.

Recently, Malaysia’s Actor Studio had a play SYBIL, world premiere in KL on 12 June 2008

Here is a woman of great courage and a great role model to all female of all ages. She is the real deal to GIRL POWER!!

To read more please go here. For those of you who wishes to visit the Papan Clinic you can contact

Law Siak Hong 017-5061875.
To see more photos of Sybil’s clinic here.

You are a true heroine of our time.

green bitch;)

Source : Wikipedia

A special thanks to Law Siak Hong for the additional information.

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This blog is NOT about the politics in Perak. But instead I am more interested in the TREE. Yes, the rain tree that was used by the Perak Assemblyman to hold an emergency meeting on the 03.03.2009.

Feedback from some of the country top leaders is to ridicule the tree assembly. Truth be told, I was frustrated by everything that has been happening here. Being an ordinary folk who lived here for more than 15 years, this town is now the laughing stock not because of what happened beneath the “rain tree” but the “comedy of error”. This blog pay Tribute to this beautiful tree for doing what others cannot do for the people of Perak ~ Shelter from INJUSTICE.

I was not present at the eventful day but saw it in TV. Yesterday, I had to attend some business in the area and decided to photograph the Rain Tree that inspired many Malaysian and given us back a little hope of democracy. That tree remind us that the situation may be helpless but not hopeless. At the end of the historic day, the tree was given the name ~ Tree of Democracy.

Here, I would like to call upon all tree lovers, greenie, nature lover, environmentalist, naturalist etc to pay tribute to this beautiful tree. Why ? Because it is an inspiration to all. My way of venting out my frustration is to make a little poster as my tribute to this tree. Anyone who ridicule the tree do not understand the importance of tree in our “Asian values”. read more about tree here.


peace to all,
green w.i.t.c.h. (Woman in total control of herself)

Since 8th of March is Woman’s Day, would like to wish all woman out there a very Happy Woman’s Day. Be strong and congratulation to Bar Council’s Chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan for been selected as a winner of the International Women of Courage Award for ‘championing the rule of law’.

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Wow….. this is the 2nd time I’m writing this article. Why you ask ? The keyboard got screwed up big time and erased the whole article and it got saved – automatically before I can undo it. Hai…. alright… let get back to the matter at hand. Today is the summer solstice and it’s supposed to be the longest day in the year. Exciting times we are living in, Malaysia’s politic is ever changing, now with the “Calm before the storm” comes monday when the parliment meet. Well, closer to home…. Ipoh-lah. Things are also happening…., there’s talk about bringing back the shine and glitter to the town that tin built – IPOH. Discovered this news and would like to share with you all. Taken from NST online


Tambun a ghost town tomorrow
By : Brenda Lim

IPOH: Some 4,000 people living in Tambun will have to evacuate their homes tomorrow while a bomb disposal unit destroys a live 1,000-pound bomb found in Sungai Pinji last week.

Areas within a 500m radius of the bomb site will have to be cleared as a precaution, as the explosive device cannot be moved and must be detonated on the spot, said Ipoh district police chief ACP Azisman Alias.

Those living and working in Taman Tambun, Taman Tambun Jaya, Kampung Baru Tambun and Kampung Malay Reserve are advised to lock their premises and clear the area by 8.30am, he said.

“They can return when the area is declared safe, which is at about 1pm or 2pm,” he said here yesterday.

For those who do not have transport, the police will arrange for buses to fetch them at designated spots and ferry them to two waiting areas, namely the Tambun mosque and the Royal Malay Regiment base, he added.
“Make plans to leave the area, so that you will not be caught in the Saturday morning rush,” he said.

Roadblocks will be set up along Jalan Tambun, Jalan Ampang Baru 6 and the road leading to Taman Tambun Permai, with police barring entry into the area from as early as 7am, he said.

Leaftets will be distributed to inform the residents, while police on patrol will also inform affected residents that they must comply with the evacuation order.

“If we have to, we will use force to ensure that the residents leave the area.

“We don’t want to take any risks,” he said.

With the latest technique in bomb disposal, it is very likely that the process will not cause any loss of life or property, he said.

The bomb was believed to have been dropped from the air during the Japanese occupation in World War 2.

This is the first large-scale operation to destroy a 1,000-pound bomb in Ipoh, with more than 200 policemen involved in the operation, he said.

There you have it. World War 2 bomb was found by a fisherman and they are gonna destroy it today. Happening or not man ? Speaking of WW2, would like to mention about another history in the making event that will be taking place in Ipoh this coming 25th to 27th June. The play titled “SYBIL”. Don’t know who she is ? Well, than you have better go and see the play. She is a true heroine of our time. Read the article below taken from Star online.

Paying tribute to Sybil Kathigasu


NOT many people know the tale of Sybil Kathigasu, the gallant nurse who suffered during the Japanese Occupation to save her fellow Malayans from torture.As many Perak folk know, Sybil’s story is one of sadness and pride. She bravely fronted the resistance movement in her own daring way and thus subjected herself to arrest, torture and war scars that ultimately led to her demise in 1948.Her spine-chilling tale will, for the first time, be re-enacted in a 100-minute play directed by Datuk Faridah Merican.

Tale of gallantry: Law and organising chairman Audrey Poh showing a poster on the play.

Perak Heritage Society president Law Siak Hong said that the society mentioned Sybil’s story to Faridah some time ago, hoping that the heroine’s story could be told in a drama.

“Sybil far surpassed the women of her time. She was probably the only Malayan woman to have been accorded the Hero’s Medal from the British Government in 1947,” he said.

Sybil, who was born in Medan in 1899, arrived in Papan, Perak, where her famed clinic still lies, with her husband Dr A.C. Kathigasu in late December 1941.

“Barely five days after that, a bomb ripped through Ipoh. Sybil endured 20 months of fear and defiance.

“She quietly aided the resistance movement and tended to wounded guerrillas,” Law said.

He added that Sybil was later arrested along with her husband on suspicion of aiding the resistance.

“She was tortured terribly by the Kempetai (Japanese secret police) officers and interrogated. Later, she was thrown into the Batu Gajah Prison and was only released after the war was over,” he said.

Law said that Sybil’s noble acts needed to be remembered by all and that the play would be one way for the public to learn about her life.

He added the play would be based on an adaptation by U-En Ng of Sybil’s own book No Dram of Mercy.

Law said that the play would be a fundraiser and proceeds would help to kickstart the society’s project to document Perak heritage.

“We are using this fundraiser to raise at least RM50,000 through ticket sales as well as individual donations or sponsorships,” he said.

Sybil, the play, will be staged at the Actors Studio, Bangsar Shopping Centre, at 8.30pm from June 12 to June 14, June 17 to June 21, and at 3pm on June 15 and June 22.

In Ipoh, the show will be staged at Taman Budaya Negeri on June 25 and June 26 at 8.30pm.

Tickets are available at RM40 and RM20 (students). For enquiries, call 03-20940400/1400.

The final fundraising show will be held at Taman Budaya Negeri on June 27 at 8.30pm.

Admission is by invitation and reserved seats are available at RM60. Limited free seating is available at RM40 for adults and RM20 for students.

For invitations, call the society at


the Perak Academy at 05-5478949 and the Perak Society of Performing Arts at 05-5487814

Ipoh is no more a dead town although Tambun will be a ghost town for afew hours today to make way for the bomb disposal unit to destroy the 1,000 pounds WW2 bomb. With so many events taking place in  and around Ipoh, slowly….. hopefully….. Ipoh will become a happening town again. SYBIL the play based on the book “No dram of Mercy” tell the tale of a woman who is a true heroine of our time. Do you care ? You can be a part of this Ipoh happening by making yourself available on the 27th June night for the fundraising show in assisting the Perak Heritage Society to help educate and develope a more caring heritage Perakians. After all, caring about our heritage is a responsibility of all Perakian, whether borned, raised or migrated here. Please care about our past because ” I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past.” With that said, here is the poster of Sybil, the play. To know more about the event, please call the number listed in the above article.

Every new day brings a new dawn and new happening or events. Hopefully, there will be more to bring some excitement to Ipoh. HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND AND BE GREEN(not with envy but environmentally conscious).

green angel

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