Making Penang Their Home – By Cheering Up Others

loading The IWA Clubhouse at Lembah Permai.

The International Women’s Association of Penang erases national boundaries with songs and snacks.

The sweet sounds of a four-part harmony choir fill the halls of orphanages, homes and charitable organisations twice a year whenever the International Women’s Association (IWA) choir make their rounds to spread cheer and joy.

“We have more than 40 members aged eight to 80. Some of the husbands join in the choir as tenors and bass,” says Marlene Fox, the coordinator for the choir and the current president of the IWA. “We have various nationalities – British, Australians, Germans, French, Japanese, Koreans and Malaysians, too.”


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