Foot­prints left be­hind

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started by a Kuom­intang sup­porter be­fore World War II. The orig­i­nal mast­head of the paper was writ­ten by Yu Youren, a Kuom­intang scholar.

Perak Cave Tem­ple chair­man Chong Yin Chat said Yu was a friend of his fa­ther Chong Seng Yee, who was the last batch of grad­u­ates of the pres­ti­gious Wham­poa Mil­i­tary Academy in Guangzhou.

Yin Chat had set up a Sun Yat-sen Gallery at the tem­ple in 1995 in hon­our of the Fa­ther of Mod­ern China.

On dis­play at the gallery are pho­to­graphs of Dr Sun, a bust pre­sented by the Sun Yat Sen me­mo­rial mu­seum in Tai­wan, cal­lig­ra­phy works and re­pro­duc­tions of letters by Dr Sun.

An oil paint­ing of Dr Sun in of­fi­cial uni­form, graces the hall of the Perak Chi­nese Am­a­teur Dra­matic As­so­ci­a­tion.

A framed cer­tifi­cate with the au­to­graph of Sun Wen (Dr Sun’s birth name) dated 1912, ex­press­ing ap­pre- cia­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion for its ef­forts in rais­ing funds for the Can­ton floods and other char­i­ta­ble acts, hangs proudly from the wall.

In As­sam Kum­bang, Taip­ing, the Chang Chun Pu bun­ga­low or Ev­er­green Man­sion, where Dr Sun and Chen Cuifen once stayed, is now owned by Aun Tong Sdn Bhd, a cof­fee pow­der man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory.

As these relics from the past lay largely for­got­ten by the masses, the few who re­mem­ber them cher­ish the rich legacy and their vi­tal links with an in­domitable man who even­tu­ally be­came known as the fore­most pi­o­neer of Na­tion­al­ist China. n Sev­eral de­scen­dants of Dr Sun from all over the world are ex­pected to be in Pe­nang be­tween Nov 19 and 22 to at­tend the 22nd joint con­fer­ence of the Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching-ling memo­ri­als in con­junc­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tions of Sun Yat-sen’s ‘Pe­nang Con­fer­ence’. A cer­tifi­cate signed by Sun Wen, Dr Sun Yat-sen’s birth name, in 1912 pre­sented to the Perak Chi­nese Am­a­teur Dra­matic As­so­ci­a­tion in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of rais­ing funds dur­ing the Can­ton Floods and other char­i­ta­ble acts.

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