Penang – A Home for Malay Artists

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Penang has attracted excellent academic, intellectual and/or practising artists by default because of educational institutions such as USM. USM boasts of heavy-duty teaching staff members such as associate professors Hasnul J. Saidon (born in Perak, 1965) and Fauzan Omar (born 1951).

The sign reads “Penang Malay Artists Association (PMAA) Gallery”.

But there is much more to it. For one thing, the name is at odds with the arabesque stucco pediment of alabaster-white with a vestibule passageway double the width of a conventional five-foot-way.

There is more to it. It’s actually a mausoleum of one of Penang’s most aristocratic merchant families – the family of the Kapitan Keling II Noordin Merican, who has a road named after him.

<p>Penang has attracted excellent academic, intellectual and/or practising artists by default because of educational institutions such as USM. USM boasts of heavy-duty teaching staff members such as associate professors Hasnul J. Saidon (born in Perak, 1965) and Fauzan Omar (born 1951).</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The sign reads &ldquo;Penang Malay Artists Association (PMAA) Gallery&rdquo;.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">But there is much more to it. For one thing, the name is at odds with the arabesque stucco pediment of alabaster-white with a vestibule passageway double the width of a conventional five-foot-way.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">There is more to it. It&rsquo;s actually a mausoleum of one of Penang&rsquo;s most aristocratic merchant families &ndash; the family of the Kapitan Keling II Noordin Merican, who has a road named after him. No wonder it can hold its own against the adjoining worldfamous Kapitan Keling Mosque.</p>


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