The George Town Heritage Action (GTHA) has published a message to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) regarding the destruction of the 138-year-old grave of Foo Teng Nyong, Kapitan Chung Keng Quee’s third wife.
The “Penang’s Taj Mahal” grave was constructed and designed in 1884 to express Chung’s love for Foo, who passed away during childbirth at the age of 33.
Through an e-mail to Unesco signed by GTHA co-founders Mark Lay and Joann Khaw, the heritage non-governmental organisation (NGO) lamented the criminal demolition of Foo’s grave.
“We write to report the devastating news that Madam Foo Teng Nyong’s 1884 tomb in Penang, Malaysia, has been unlawfully destroyed. We heritage NGOs are all greatly disappointed by the news, and we have learned from our Penang Heritage Commissioner (Rosli Nor) that Penang Council is highly improbable to…