ย 

A House in Perak Road is the Birthplace of Malaysia's Modern Radio

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ž๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—˜๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ.


Majority of us have forgotten the importance of radio in keeping the public informed and entertained. In 1934, Penang Wireless Society (PWS) managed to get the necessary equipment, successfully test broadcasted, and obtained the necessary licenses and were given the codename ZHJ.


And so, ๐—ญ๐—›๐— ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฎ.


The original site of ZHG station in Perak Road, Penang.

According to Just for the Love of It: Popular Music in Penang, 1930s-1960s, ZHG station had become a feature of Penang's popular entertainment by 1936.


Prominent Penangite, Khoo Sian Ewe, was heavily involved with PWS and even allowed his premise in Perak Road to be used by PWS rent-free.

In December 1941, ZHJ broadcasted the news of the outbreak of war in Malaya, and continued to broadcast during the war years.


๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€

When Penang was left in chaos after the British had left the state prior to the arrival of the Japanese troop, Saravanamuttu (fondly known as uncle Sara), the then Straits Echo editor, managed to transmit the following message to the Japanese through the still intact Penang Wireless Society's broadcasting station. The message took the form of a simple appeal to the Japanese headquarters in northern Malaya:


๐Ÿ”Š๐™ฟ๐šŽ๐š—๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šœ ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š— ๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐šž๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š‹๐šข ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐™ฑ๐š›๐š’๐š๐š’๐šœ๐š‘. ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐š—๐š˜ ๐š–๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐š˜๐š™๐šœ ๐š˜๐š› ๐šŠ๐š—๐šข ๐š๐šŽ๐š๐šŽ๐š—๐šœ๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š๐šœ๐š˜๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š’๐š— ๐™ฟ๐šŽ๐š—๐šŠ๐š—๐š. ๐™ฟ๐š•๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š›๐šŽ๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐š– ๐š‹๐š˜๐š–๐š‹๐š’๐š—๐š ๐™ฟ๐šŽ๐š—๐šŠ๐š—๐š.

The broadcast appeal was repeated at half-hourly intervals interspersed with music from ZHJ.๐Ÿ”Š

When the Japanese landed in Penang, the Japanese wasted no time in broadcasting proper gander to Malaya and their opening words were:

๐Ÿ”Š๐™ท๐šŽ๐š•๐š•๐š˜ ๐š‚๐š’๐š—๐š๐šŠ๐š™๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ, ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐š’๐šœ ๐™ฟ๐šŽ๐š—๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š. ๐™ท๐š˜๐š  ๐š๐š˜ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š•๐š’๐š”๐šŽ ๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š‹๐š˜๐š–๐š‹๐š’๐š—๐š?๐Ÿ”Š


P/S: In 1941, Singapore was bombed hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

: For the Love of It: Popular Music in Penang, 1930s-1960s. : 37 Jalan Perak (near the bend to Jalan Macalister). Thanks to fellow Penang Hidden Gemmers Chan KS and Jim Lim for identifying the exact address.




13 views0 comments
ย