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Class of 1963. Now recognized as an International Relay for Life Hero of Hope, Siew Koon, a cancer survivor, has been the District Chairperson for Cancer Awareness for Lions Clubs International, District 308B-2 Malaysia for 6 consecutive years (2004 – 2010) spreading cancer awareness in the 75 clubs in the district.  For her excellent service, she has received awards for all the 6 years. Siew Koon is also actively involved in all the cancer-related support groups in the state, with the aim of giving encouragement and hope to cancer-stricken patients and their families. After serving for more than 31 years in the education sector with B.A. Hons and a Diploma in Education from the University of Malaya and retiring as a secondary school principal, Siew Koon is now also President of the Penang Floral Art Society and has published four acclaimed books on floral art.

Known today as 'the First Lady of Malaysian theatre', Faridah is a direct descendant of the famed Kapitan Keling. Her acting career started in the late 1950s while studying at the Kota Bahru Teachers' Training College. After moving to KL in 1959, she joined the circle of intellectuals and artists who formed the core of Malaysian theatre as it entered the postcolonial era. In the early 60s, she joined Radio and TV Malaysia as a part-time broadcaster, programme host and national newsreader. Simultaneously, she was involved in the formative years of Malaysian Advertising, and is today, a member of the board of directors at Ogilvy & Mather. She also sits on the board of WWF and several other institutions.

Christine graduated from and undertook research in organic chemistry at Adelaide and Melbourne Universities, the Chester Beatty Research Institute in London and Brandeis University in Massachusetts in the 1960s.  In the 1970s she established the Raya Gallery, the first gallery in Melbourne to specialize in contemporary South East Asian art.  From the 1990s to the present, she has been an exhibiting photographer. Christine is also an author and has published a book entitled “Days Gone By: Growing up in Penang”.




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Salma is the author of Streets of George Town, Penang (1993); More Than Merchants, A History of the German-speaking Community in Penang, 1800s-1940s (2006), co-author of Penang Postcard Collection, (2003) and Kinta Valley: Pioneering Malaysia's Modern Development, (2004). She was Honorary Secretary of the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) for 14 years and is now the President of the Trust. In 1993, she served as project manager of Syed Alatas Mansion restoration and privately undertook the restoration of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base at 120 Armenian Street.

She was the coordinator of the Sustainable Penang Initiative 1997-1999, which promoted consultations towards the sustainable development of the city. She convened two conferences, The Penang Story Conference, 2002 and the Shared Histories Conference 2003. In 2004, she was awarded a fellowship by the Nippon Foundation under the Asian Public Intellectual (API) programme.

Thiam Ch’ng Szentirmay (née Ch’ng Thiam Keok) is a Justice of the Peace in New Zealand, and is qualified to sit as a judge. Thiam completed her Upper Sixth Form in St George’s in 1968, and left Malaysia for New Zealand  in 1970 to study, completing her degree in Zoology and Psychology and postgraduate Honours in Marine Biology in 1973. In the 1980s, as a Senior Management Support Officer in the State Services Commission (SSC) in New Zealand, she was the only Asian woman then to work in a senior public service management position dealing with senior executives and government ministers, and was responsible for establishing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs. Thiam is a life member of the SGGS Ex-Pupils Association. She was the initiator and one of the organisors for the successful Year of 1966/68 40th anniversary reunion in 2008.

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support On 16 August 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Judy Cheng-Hopkins as the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.

Before joining the PBSO in New York, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins was the UN’s Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees from 15 February 2006, a position in which she supervised all UNHCR operations around the world. Prior to this job, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins was the Director of the World Food Programme Office in New York. From 1997 to 2000 she was Director of WFP’s Asia and Eastern Europe region, where she oversaw large and complex emergency operations. Prior to that, she served UNDP in Africa for 10 years, first in Zambia (1982-1988), then in Kenya (1988-1992) and as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa (2002-2003). Ms. Cheng-Hopkins received a Master of Arts degree in Economic Development from Columbia University (1978), USA. She has also received diplomas from Université d’Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France, and Harvard University, USA.

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