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Leong Sin Nam Memorial Celebration


The Kaying Association held their 73rd Leong Sin Nam Memorial Celebration recently. The annual celebration is to remember the life and services of Leong Sin Nam to the Chinese community in Perak and the country.

Leong Sin Nam memorialEach year the ceremony begins with a visit to the tomb of Towkay Leong Sin Nam at the Cantonese cemetery located off Jalan Lapangan Terbang, followed by a Hakka dinner held later at the Kaying Association Hall. This year the ceremony was led by Kaying Association Deputy President Dato’ Hew Choy Kon. The immediate family of Leong Sin Nam together with members of the Kaying Association and staff and pupils of the SJK (C) Min Tet were present at the ceremony.

Leong Sin Nam MemorialThis year for the first time the memorial included an exhibition of Towkay Leong Sin Nam and also a lecture “Snoring – the dangers and myths” which was presented by Dr Leong Oon Keong the grandson of Leong Sin Nam. According to Dr Leong the lectures will be included in future memorials and will be held outside Ipoh at locations where Leong Sin Nam had played a part in supporting the Tung Meng Hui (TMH) activities.

Ipoh TMH, was co-founded by Towkay Leong in 1907 to support the cause of Dr Sun Yat Sen.

Leong Sin Nam MemorialLeong Sin Nam was also a philanthropist and donated to many educational, charitable and social institutions. He, together with other members of the Perak Kaying Association set up the Min Tet Primary School in Ipoh in 1912. In later years he would donate his bungalow located at No. 17 Gopeng Road from where the Perak Girls High School started before shifting to its current premises at Kampar Road.

For all his noble contributions he was recognised and awarded medals from Sun Yat Sen of China, the Malayan Certificate of Honour (1932) and in 1937 the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), the second non-British subject of this award. Leong Sin Nam passed away on January 19, 1940.


Painting Demonstration


SeKeping Kong Heng, Gallery Old TownFor a change, visitors to the famous Old Town food enclave, where Kong Heng, Thean Hup and Concubine Lane are located, had a new activity of interest. Instead of just going for the food, they had a chance to participate in a most memorable event when Ipoh’s public art gallery, Gallery Old Town, hosted a ‘Top Artists, Art Painting Demonstration’.

A total of 16 artists gathered at the gallery from 10am till 3pm sketching and painting using watercolours. Their subject of focus was SeKeping Kong Heng and the surrounding area. Famous artist Khor Seow Hooi, who was one of the twelve artists, coordinated the organising of the event on behalf of Gallery Old Town.

According to Khor, a total of 12 artists were invited to participate in the event. However, on the day itself, another four artists from Taiping showed up upon hearing about it. All the artists are members of four art societies, Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS), Perak Art Society (PAS), Penang Water Colour Society (PWCS) and Persatuan Seni Negeri Sembilan (PSNS).

SeKeping Kong Heng, Gallery Old TownWhen asked what the artists found unique and interesting about Ipoh, Ch’ng KIah Kien from Penang said that the old buildings in Ipoh have a different heritage feeling about them compared to Penang.

SeKeping Kong Heng, Gallery Old TownCalvin Chua from KL described Ipoh as “having a character of its own, the lifestyle is relaxed and easygoing”, his encounters with locals were always pleasant and friendly and of course the food is always nice.

SeKeping Kong Heng, Gallery Old Town SeKeping Kong Heng, Gallery Old TownKhor chipped in, adding that, this was the active group that regularly did outdoor paintings and were ever ready for a get-together. The event that day also saw a lot of young visitors who stopped to view the artists at work. This prompted PAS Chairman Wong Kean Choon to comment that a similar event should be held again to encourage an interest in art.


The Passionate Perakean – Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik


Parti Gerakan Rakyat MalaysiaThe late Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik was born in Tapah and studied at St Michael’s Institution (SMI). He graduated as a doctor from the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1964.

Back home he served at the Taiping government hospital before setting up his clinic at Chemor. For his poor patients he provided free service while for the sick children he would play the clown for them, earning him the sobriquet of ‘the mad doctor’ from both the mothers and children.

That was the late Tun Lim Keng Yaik, a man of principle who was focused and passionate about whatever he set his mind to. Dr Lim entered politics in 1968 by joining the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). He contested in the Pekan Baru state seat in Perak in 1969 on an Alliance ticket but lost.

Dato’ Azumu Tak, currently the Permanent Chairman for UMNO Ipoh Barat Division, knew Lim then. “I used to be his interpreter. For ten days during the campaign period, Lim would stand on the (soap) box (kotak sabun) speaking in English and I would translate. I would go to the MCA office to teach him simple Malay and later on when Lim became a Member of Parliament he would always introduce me as his ‘Malay teacher’”, he reminisced. Azumu described Lim as an outspoken politician, “If he disagreed with an issue he would freely speak his mind but he was a very fair person who spoke up for his Chinese community,” he added.

In 1971, Lim was made the Chairman of MCA Perak only to be expelled in 1973 for going against the MCA Chairman then, the late Tun Tan Siew Sin. He subsequently joined Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan) the same year. In 1974, he was made Perak Gerakan Head, the party’s Deputy President in 1976 and Gerakan President in 1980. Lim held the President’s post till he retired in 2007 and was succeeded by its current President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

Lim became a state Exco when he won the Jalong state seat in 1978 and an MP when he won the Beruas Parliamentary seat by a handsome margin in 1986. Lim last contested at the 2004 General Election retaining his Beruas seat with a clear majority of 4564 votes. He retired from his Cabinet post shortly before the 2008 General Election. In the Malaysian Cabinet, Lim was made the Minister of Primary Industries from 1986 till 2004 and then appointed the Minister of Energy, Water and Communications.

In the ‘70s when Lim became an MP, Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery, then Brother Director of SMI, received a call from the Cabinet Secretary asking after Lim’s school records. Brother Vincent, considering that Lim was a “safe investment” gave him a clean bill of conduct.

Dato’ Chang Ko Youn, currently the Deputy President of Gerakan, described Lim as a well known figure in Malaysia who was highly respected by all races on both sides of the divide. Chang joined Gerakan in 1983 after returning from overseas. Gerakan then, was an established non race-based party under the leadership of Lim and it was just what Chang was looking for.

According to Chang, Gerakan first started in Penang under Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and was strong in Penang and Perak. However, when Lim took over the Presidency in 1980, due to his strong organizational skills, he brought the party to the rest of the country. “Lim had a lot of ideas and the ability to make things happen,” said Chang and an example was what he did for the palm oil industry when he was the Minister for Primary Industries.

Indeed it was during Lim’s time that the Malaysian products of timber and palm oil was developed and transformed through value-added products such as rubber wood furniture, enabling it to be competitive and sustainable to penetrate global markets.

Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, CEO of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Plantations Bhd, was the Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and served under Lim for 13 years. According to Lee, in the mid ‘90s, Malaysia’s output of palm oil was 3-4 million tonnes. Today it is 19 million tonnes while Indonesia’s output is 26 million tonnes.

Lee mentioned Indonesia because even in the ‘90s, Lim had anticipated the exponential growth of the palm oil industry and encouraged Malaysian plantation owners to expand overseas and for Indonesian owners to expand their production base.

Lim’s strategy to market palm oil to the world was multi pronged. He streamlined and structured the local industry and formed MPOB. He created POPCA or the Palm Oil Promotion Credit Arrangement scheme and did extensive research on palm oil. He then marketed it to the world and promoted it to scientists, nutritionists and decision makers through conferences worldwide.

His extensive knowledge on the positive qualities of palm oil stood him in good stead when going against the powerful soyabean lobby where he effectively proved that palm oil was a healthier product. Lim encouraged the players to see the world as a market and playground where several local companies have now maintained refineries and distribution centres overseas.

For all of his rough and tough attitude, Lim was “a man who never bore any malice” said DAP Perak Chairman Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham, “in fact he was always very witty”. Ngeh recalled that he and DAP Chairman Lim Kit Siang bumped into Lim in 2010 at the Tropicana KL. Lim offered to buy them lunch to settle any political animosity. When the bill came up to RM200, Lim smilingly told them “aiya you are very cheap to settle” and they all had a good laugh.

That was Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, politically respected, always passionate about what he did and stood his ground for what is right, not forgetting his witty style of address, or as Brother Vincent described it, “a forthright style of expression but invariably getting the message across”.


Rotary Club of Ipoh Scholarships


Rotary Club of Ipoh ScholarshipsIn 1971, the Rotary Club of lpoh set up the Secondary Schools Scholarship Fund for secondary schools in Kinta District, Perak by entrusting a sum of money to this fund which would be matched on a Ringgit for Ringgit basis by the Club. The interest received from the combined sum would be given back every year to the participating schools in the form of scholarships.

This foundation was set up with a sum of RM52,250 from 12 participating schools in lpoh which was equally matched by the Rotary Club of lpoh. Further sums were also contributed by the Club as unmatched funds to boost up the capital sum.

From the bank interest received, together with the additional sum contributed by the Club to cover the shortfall, a total of RM13,600 was presented to deserving students from the 12 participating schools. The schools selected their students based on their scholastic ability and financial needs. The awards this year was presented by Tuan Hj Mohd Idris b Hj Ramli, the Timbalan Pengarah Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri Perak, at SMJK Yuk Choy where a roaring performance from the 24-Season Drum troupe was given.

The number of awards given to each school was determined by the amount contributed.

Dr S.S. Gill

Medication Affecting The Eyes (Part 2)

Resident Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh
Dr S.S. Gill

Eye Health

Ipoh Echo’s Eye Health Series Continues With Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. Gill Talking To Us More On Medication That Can Affect The Eyes.

Taking medication for a particular illness or ailment may be necessary for some of us at some point in our lives. Some medication can result in side effects including eye-related side effects, some more serious than others. It all depends on the type of medication and the duration of use. In this second part, Dr Gill speaks to us more about some medication that may cause eye side effects.


Amitriptyline is an effective tri-cyclic antidepressant. Patients who are on this medication may experience dry eyes. It has an effect on accommodation of the eyes, resulting in difficulty with near reading and sometimes distant vision too. This medication may also have a risk for causing a type of glaucoma called “Angle Closure Glaucoma”, particularly in persons who are at risk for this kind of glaucoma. Thankfully, most people who suffer from glaucoma have “open angle” glaucoma, and not the angle closure glaucoma variety. Open angle glaucoma patients should experience no problems when taking this medication.

Dr S.S. GillCorticosteroids

Corticosteroids is a common and effective medication that is often used to treat a variety of illnesses ranging from  arthritis, digestive problems, bronchial asthma, certain skin diseases, and even some eye conditions, as well as used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This may be given orally, injected, inhaled, given as eye drops or applied directly to affected areas of skin.

Long-term use of such steroid medication may result in early cataracts in some patients. Topical and oral corticosteroids have also been found to cause glaucoma. People who are taking corticosteroids for extended periods should have their eyes checked from time to time.


This is a medication used to treat acne (pimples). It is known to cause dryness of mucous membranes in our body and also the eyes. When someone develops dry eye symptoms, they may complain of redness, a burning sensation, and even blurred vision at times. Often, a simple prescription of lubricant eye drops or artificial tears and ointments may help.

Accutane may also lead to temporary visual disturbances and trouble with night vision for some people. When starting on Accutane, your doctor will often inform you about these potential side-effects. Do inform your doctor should you have any of these symptoms.


This drug is also used to treat acne and another skin condition called rosacea. It is similar to the oral antibiotic called tetracycline. It may cause a side effect resulting in a blue-grey or brownish pigmentation of the white of the eye (sclera). This pigmentation may be more in areas exposed to sunlight. The good thing is that discontinuation of this drug reverses the pigmentation that it causes.

In conclusion, every medication may have side effects but the decision on whether you need it is BEST DECIDED by your physician after weighing the benefits against the side effects. Also, NOT every person will develop side-effects! Always keep a tab of all medication that you may be taking. Should you need to see various doctors for various ailments, you must inform them of all the medication you are taking. This will avoid unnecessary problems with drug interactions.

For more information, call Gill Eye Specialist Centre at Hospital Fatimah (05-545 5582) or email: gilleyecentre@dr.com.

Local Property Developer Spreads Joy and Love


As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to help the less privileged in the community, leading property player, Setia Awan Holdings Sdn Bhd, recently hosted a trip to Ipoh Tambun Lost World for 40 underprivileged children of different ethnic backgrounds and ages in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Setia Awan HoldingsThe children and their caregivers from the Diamond Home, Air Tawar and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Harapan Baru Sri Manjung were treated to a delightful afternoon of laughter, cheer and fun at the water theme park as they splashed about in the pools and shared fun moments together.

“It was indeed a privilege for us at Setia Awan to see the delight in the children’s eyes as they immersed themselves in the day’s activities,” said  Dato’ Jimmy Doh, Executive Director of Setia Awan.

Besides the children from the homes, the trip also included several single mothers and their children. They expressed their gratitude to have been given the opportunity to have a day of fun with their children and also to engage with children from other homes. “It’s been a wonderful experience and I would like to thank Uncle Jimmy for the opportunity. My favourite part of the theme park is the water slide rides,” commented Jacob Andrew, one of the boys from Diamond Home, Air Tawar.

For La Lee Hoon, a single mother with a 5-year-old son, it was an unforgettable treat. “My son was delirious about the trip and I am also thrilled to have been able to see him so happy. I wish to thank Setia Awan for showing us the love and care and we truly appreciate their generous gesture from the bottom of our hearts,” she said.

There was further cheer when Setia Awan distributed ang pows to the children and mothers in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Setia Awan will continue to reach out to communities in need by extending support. This is in keeping with their tagline, For Quality Lifestyles.

Jalan CM Yusuf fountain

Once a Beautiful Fountain, Now a Sorry Sight


jerry_francisBy Jerry Francis

The fountain on the roundabout along Jalan C.M. Yusuf was once beautiful with water spouting high and lit up at night. It had even appeared on postcards of Ipoh City.

It was a soothing sight for the hundreds of motorists, who passed the small roundabout daily. Today, it is in a very sorry state. No longer spouting water and no longer lit up at night, its beauty faded and forlorn in its neglect.Jalan CM Yusuf fountain

It is a shame that the city council can allow the fountain to deteriorate, reflecting its inability to maintain it over the last 20 years. I first highlighted the ‘plight’ of the fountain and called for something to be done in 1992. The explanation given by the city council then was that it had other plans for the roundabout.

Ever since, each time the condition of the fountain was highlighted, the city council would make some minor adjustment and it would spout water again. The city council must be waiting for another round of criticism to start moving again. Meanwhile, its plans to develop the roundabout has taken more than two decades and there is no movement in sight.

Jalan CM Yusuf fountainI am inclined to believe that Jalan C.M. Yusuf, which was named after a prominent local personality, is one of the places ignored by the city under its beautification plan. Some may consider it a small matter but what will visitors to our city think? Certainly, it will not cost a lot for the city council to carry out some cosmetic work to make the fountain look more pleasant; at least for the time being until they can come up with other plans for the redevelopment of the roundabout.

If the city council cannot maintain a simple fountain like this one, how does it hope to maintain the proposed costly “musical fountain” in front of the iconic railway station?

I always feel that the city council needs to have a special squad, if it does not already have one, to carry out minor repairs. Such a squad can carry out maintenance works quickly, such as replacing broken slabs on pavements, cracked drains and other minor jobs around the city.

The existence of such a squad can save the city council money as repairs can be done quickly rather than allowing it to get worse and then having repair jobs contracted out.

A First-Aider in Every Home


Perak Women for Women (PWW), Malaysian Red Crescent (Perak Chapter)Stepping up efforts to further empower women and the general public, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) organised a one-day training programme recently called, “First Aider in Every Home”. It was the society’s first service project of the year. It was conducted by the Malaysian Red Crescent (Perak Chapter).

Although the programme was opened to the public, it was targeted mainly at single parents, kindergarten teachers, guardians of young children and caregivers. It attracted over 80 participants who paid a nominal commitment fee of RM10 each. They were presented with certificates at the end of the course.

PWW is a non-profit organisation that endeavours to enhance the status and lives of women and children in Perak. The society celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Since 2000 the Malaysian Red Crescent (Perak Chapter) has conducted numerous first-aid courses. Over 30,000 people throughout the state have attended these courses. As the programme was conducted free-of-charge, PWW made a small donation to the Malaysian Red Crescent.

The programme covered domestic and workplace accidents, sports injuries and bone dislocations, among others. Participants were given an understanding as to why these accidents happen and learnt simple, yet effective ways to avoid and treat them. They were also taught proper administration of first aid which could minimise injury deterioration and save lives.


Musings on food, See Foon Chan-Koppen

Seefoon Yearns For Some Home Cooking In Ipoh


musings on food - food reviewsBy See Foon Chan-Koppen

Ever have one of those ‘been-there, eaten-that-so-what-else-is-new’ moods and your jaded palate just longs for that home-cooked taste of dishes that Mum or Grandma used to make? That happened to me recently in the run up to Chinese New Year, rushing about in preparation for celebrating with family in Singapore and friends in Phuket. So when Ginla Foo suggested some home-style cooking at Restaurant Ipoh, I jumped at the opportunity and gathered a group of my foodie friends to sample the dishes.

Musings on food, See Foon Chan-Koppen     The restaurant, situated on the corner of Jalan Masjid in old town, is an unpretentious 2-shoplot coffee house that looks newly renovated, with white tiled walls which, while clean and hygienic in the conventional sense, is unfortunately the least conducive to noise reduction. So combined with outside traffic noise, the chatter ricocheting off the walls in the non air-conditioned space can reach uncomfortable decibel levels.

However, the food more than makes up for intimate conversation. With an extensive menu and an efficient kitchen, the dishes we ordered came fast and furiously, matched only by the speed with which we wolfed down the food.

Musings on food, See Foon Chan-KoppenThe first to arrive was the pork belly sautéed with scallions; juicy, tender morsels just a tad too sweet for my personal palate but well received by the rest of my friends – RM10. More to my taste was the pork dish that followed, a pork and salted fish fried patty, hot off the wok, the sides still slightly crisped, the insides succulent, redolent with a ‘Mui Heong’ (literally translated to mean ‘decaying fragrance’) salted fish flavour which was particularly pungent – RM10. Two poultry dishes, the ‘Kon Jeen Kai’ dry fried chicken with a sweet tangy caramelized coating rendering the skin crisp with the meat remaining juicy and succulent inside, utterly delicious at RM12 and the smoked duck’s breast, though slightly on the bland side was good value at RM13.

Musings on food, See Foon Chan-KoppenTwo fish dishes came next, the first, black pomfret cooked Assam style was tangy, flavourful and the fish was firm and fresh – RM42. This was followed by the steamed Grass Carp belly, a very bony fish with delectably sweet flesh. Smothered in mashed fresh ginger, the belly presented no problems, the bones here being large enough to avoid accidents. The ginger masked any potential ‘fishiness’ and the extra fatty flesh from the belly was velvety smooth and ‘umami’ – RM32.

Musings on food, See Foon Chan-KoppenOf course, no home-cooking would be complete without the Wu Tao Kow Yoke, taro sandwiched by thick slices of pork belly and braised to mouth watering tenderness. In this case, the RM12 portion was more than ample for the group who were beginning to get sated. With a soup to come, winter gourd with radish, carrots and red dates RM6, followed by fried sambal Kangkong or water convolvulus RM8, a sautéed beef with scallions RM12, salted fish fried rice RM4.80 and the black bean fried rice vermicelli, the black bean lending an unusual touch to the usually bland rice noodles and infusing them with flavour, RM5.50, we were all groaning with surfeit by the time we finished this twelve-course meal and paid the bill of RM183 which we all agreed was great value for money.

Not content with all that I had tasted, I saw on leaving the restaurant, that other tables had interesting dishes which still lay in wait for discovery so I made my way back on another occasion and had the pleasure to sample a few more dishes with three of my friends.

This time, I was recommended the Nai Yau Pai Kwat or butter coated spare ribs. These were crispy on the outside and tender and succulent inside, with a slightly sweet follow through RM15. I had spied Wat Dan Hor (Smooth Egg flat rice noodles) on the previous visit and was determined to try it and I was not disappointed. Thick and soupy, with the rice noodles pre-fried in soya sauce to lend flavour and colour, the bowl of noodles was more than enough for the four of us at RM8.

Musings on food, See Foon Chan-KoppenNext, I chose the Yau Tsam Ham Choy (oil soaked fried fish with salted vegetable) preparation for the fish and having a choice of Tilapia or Senangin, I chose the latter which proved to be a hit. The Senangin being one of my favourite local fish, deep fried to crispy on the edges with the addition of  the preserved salted cabbage in a sauce, turned out to be a delightful marriage of tastes and textures and worth the RM58 we paid for the dish.

The final touch of bean sprouts fried with salted fish (RM8) was the right ending to an interesting sojourn into home cooking like Mum used to make.


Musings on food, See Foon Chan-KoppenRestoran Ipoh
33 Jalan Masjid.
Ask for: Wong Mun Yew Tel: 05-254 0037
GPS: N 04 35 589 E 101 04 938
Open 12pm-3pm; 5.30pm-9pm

Thoracotomy of Ipoh Green Lungs


tree felling in IpohIt is disheartening to see so many century old trees being felled lately…

No doubt, development marks the progress of mankind but sustainable development makes it a cut above and in a more tasteful way too!

Projects and plans could be designed around those trees and in the event of some which are in the way, isn’t there a better option to relocate the trees to other green lungs of Ipoh (for example, Coronation Park aka DR Park), Polo ground and a host of others while fellow Ipohites could continue to enjoy the shade, serenity and need I say more? Deforestation is to be blamed for global warming, massive floods, typhoons, haze and the list goes on…

Corporates can also have a Tree Adoption Programme whereby the costs of relocation and replanting are to be borne as part of their CSR programmes.

While Genesis tells the story of how the tree of knowledge bloomed in the Garden of Eden, whereby in an age of advanced technology, I pray for more sensible, visionary and sustainable decisions made by mankind for the sake of our good selves and our future generations!

TFW (Tobacco Free World) Team

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