Dato Khoo Boo Leong (second from right) receiving his certificate of appreciation

A group of individuals and organisations who had made a difference in Penang during the Covid-19 pandemic were honoured by the Penang Art Gallery and Penang Art District.

In all, some 50 people were selected and presented with a certificate of appreciation. The “Covid-19 Heroes” were selected by a panel of judges.

Also honoured were those from outside the state of Penang but had contributed for the welfare and well-being of those in this state.

YB Yeoh inspecting some of the artwork

They were also given an acrylic art work created by Dr Teoh Wei Kium who is a renowned artist with her work and exhibitions recognised in China, Singapore, South Korea, Moscow, Tokyo and New York. 

Present at the ceremony was State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang Art Gallery gallery chairman Lee Khai and the director of Penang Museum Haryany Mohamad among others.

Also recognised was Penang Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow and YB Yeoh himself.

Another recipient was the Tzu Chi Northern Region Commissioner Dato Khoo Boo Leong.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) had contributed in terms of materials, manpower and also financial assistance for those impacted by the pandemic and the following lockdown.

In his address, Yeoh paid tribute to Dr Teoh for her kind contribution.

“The volunteers not only sacrificed their time and effort but also their safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Such was their contribution that even the world recognised our country’s efforts to combat the pandemic.

“To-date we have also managed to recover our state’s economy and slowly return to normality,” said Yeoh in his speech.

In the meantime, Khoo said that he was truly honoured and humbled to have received this meaningful award.

“This award represents a recognition for the contribution that Tzu-Chi and our team have made and will continue to make in the effort to protect the community from covid 19 and reduce the impact of the pandemic. 

“I also take this opportunity to thank the organisers of this significant ceremony,” said Khoo to Penang Hyperlocal.

Khoo with Dr Teoh