YB Wong (fourth from right) with other officials

In an effort to put to good use the World War 11 era bunkers in Penang, the state government had invited suggestions from members of the public in a poster competition recently.

The initiative was undertaken by the George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) which received a positive number of applicants. 

After a rigorous  judging process, two winners were selected, namely Farhana Mohd Razif, a USM architecture lecturer and Tan Chee Sing, a freelance designer.

The winners received a certificate of appreciation and RM2,000 each.

Present at the prize presentation ceremony was State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy, YB Wong Hon Wai, GTWHI general manager, Ms Ang Ming Chee, Janice Yeap, Associate Director Wawasan Open University (WOU), Assoc. Prof Dr Chew Cheng Meng (WOU), Dr Teoh Ping Chow (WOU), Dr Nurul Ulyani Mohd Najib (WOU), Khalid Zakaria among others.

According to Farhaha, her poster depicts the promotion of glamping activity at the old buker sites as the area is a housing area now and lacks parking facilities.

“I also took into consideration the fact that any activity carried out there should not disturb the residents living in the area,” she added.

Meanwhile, Wong added that some RM132,646.51 has been allocated to upgrade three bunkers in Jalan Gertak Sanggul, Jaalan Cikgu Abu and Jalan Teluk Kumbar.

“I also wish to congratulate GTWHI, the community in Kampung Nelayan, the Land Office, USM, WOU, Penang Island City Council and all those involved in this project,” added Wong.