Up close with Lat

By Julia Tan, Photography courtesy of Penang Global Tourism

February 2014 PENANG PROFILE
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When Lat visited Penang for the George Town Literary Festival in December last year, Penang Monthly caught up with him to chat about the importance of having friends from various backgrounds, the kampung way of life and naughty monkeys."We shouldn’t use the word 'kampung' as a term that reflects backwardness – we are proud kampung people! We were born in the kampung, but we can strive in the big town."Humble, endearing and full of quaint anecdotes, Mohd Nor bin Khalid,...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.

Photography courtesy of Penang Global Tourism