Chilling tales for participants of ‘A Night at No. 57, Macalister Road’


IN conjunction with the 54th anniversary of the Penang State Museum, ‘A Night at No.57, Macalister’ programme was held on April 13 and 14 for the fifth time.

About 56 participants took part in the two-day programme to get the exposure and experience of the museum, which is more than 100 years old.

State Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who officiated the opening of the programme, said the building was formerly known as the Memorial King Edward VII Hospital, which also served as a maternity hospital.

“I believe that the programme will give the participants the experience and sweet memories of spending a night at the museum.

“The museum will also keep a record of all the activities that run from beginning to the end during the two-day programme.

“Through this programme, we hope that people including students will be able to gain a deeper knowledge of the heritage buildings in Penang, especially in the UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Yeoh in his speech.

Yeoh also emphasised that the state government needs the support of the people in a desire to reach another level for the development of heritage, culture and arts of Penang.

After the launch, Yeoh as well as the participants were taken on a short tour by Penang State Museum director Haryani Mohamad to the Mortuary Room, Post-Mortem Room and Exhibition Room in the museum. They were told of some thrilling and suspenseful stories along the way.

Story & Pix by K. Thaarshenii