Four foreigners arrested over derogatory message mocking religion on pizzeria receipt

GEORGE TOWN: Four foreigners have been arrested over a derogatory message mocking religion printed on a pizzeria receipt. Penang police chief Comm Datuk Hamzah Ahmad said the arrests were made after 17 police reports were lodged regarding the incident. "A woman and three men aged 19 to 67 have been arrested to facilitate the investigation. They were...

World’s largest private cruise ship docks in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: The world's largest privately-owned residential cruise ship has docked in Penang for the next two days. State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said the cruise, dubbed "MS The World," would stay at the Penang cruise terminal for two days before departing for Langkawi on Tuesday (May 14) night. He said the...

Court rejects Guan Eng, Betty Chew and Phang’s bid to strike out graft charges

GEORGE TOWN: The High Court here has rejected Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng, his wife Betty Chew and businesswoman Phang Li Koon's bid to strike out corruption charges involving a RM11.6mil foreign workers' dormitory project. Judicial Commissioner Rofiah Mohamad said she rejected the bid to strike out the case as there was a major...

Woman detained over Penang apartment elevator hot water incident

BALIK PULAU: Police on Friday (April 20) night detained a woman who allegedly splashed hot water on a man with Down Syndrome in an apartment elevator, here. Southwest acting police chief Deputy Superintendent Jafri Md Zain said the 39-year-old suspect was detained at 9.21pm in the apartment grounds. "The woman resides in the apartment area and she...

Anwar to attend state-level buka puasa event in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be in Penang for various Ramadan activities, including the state-level buka puasa event today (April 5). He will first head over to the island before ending the day on the mainland. Anwar will attend Friday prayers at the Masjid Al Huda, Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas, in the afternoon. He...

No action to be taken against coffee shops that had RM2 ‘no drinks’ signs

GEORGE TOWN: No action will be taken by the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry on the two coffee shops which had placed signs stating that those who do not order drinks will be charged RM2 This comes following an inspection of both Lebuh Carnavon eateries on Sunday (March 17), said the ministry's Penang director...

73-year-old school makes way for airport expansion

GEORGE TOWN: For 70 years, SJK (C) Chung Shan has stood right next to the Penang International Airport (PIA), against the backdrop of airplanes landing and taking off. All that is about to come to an end. ALSO READ: Tender out for Penang’s airport’s RM1.5bil expansion project The school will soon be relocated to a new site to make...

Chap Goh Mei sees single ladies gather to toss mandarin oranges at the Esplanade in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Toss a mandarin orange into the sea on Chap Goh Meh and you might have a suitor by the next year. At least that was what we were told and upholding that tradition is the state with its annual festivities on Saturday night (Feb 24) at the Esplanade which included mandarin orange-tossing. Many were seen...

Li Chun – A good day to deposit cash

GEORGE TOWN: With hopes that her small gesture will bring her good fortune, 51-year-old Lee Phaik Yen deposited RM10 into her bank account on Li Chun, which signifies the beginning of spring in East Asian cultures. Li Chun, which falls on Feb 3 or Feb 4 every year, is actually the first period of the 24...

Work at Sungai Dua water treatment plant ahead of schedule, says Penang CM

GEORGE TOWN: Work conducted at the Sungai Dua water treatment plant is ahead of schedule. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said work related to the replacement of two units of 1.2m control valves at the water treatment plant, as well as 19 of the 22 other preventive maintenance projects, have been completed. He said what was estimated...