The mysterious relic of Cherok To’kun
Where a strange communique from a distant era in history lives on silently in the present through the remnant of an ancient writing on a rock.
It is among the most ancient – if not the absolute oldest – written message from the past to still exist in Malaysia.
Lying unassumingly on the grounds of the St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam, and screened from one’s sight along the main road by the grand new church building, is a boulder the size of a small lorry that bears the remnant of a mysterious inscription from centuries ago.
Tides of candlelight adoration at St. Anne's Feast
One of the largest and most extraordinary religious mass gatherings in Southeast Asia is the St Anne Novena and Feast in the town of Bukit Mertajam in Penang.
What makes it remarkable is not just that it is among the biggest Catholic festivals in Southeast Asia, perhaps second only to the famous Santo Nino and Black Nazarene festivals celebrated in the Philippines. The event is unique for its brilliant cosmopolitanism and charming inclusivity.