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Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 14, 2008 3:28pm

Another excellent restoration job here. I assume CIMB Bank is relatively new as it's a name I'm not at all familiar with. Is it a 'merged' bank? I did notice a few CIMB branches in KL during my recent trip there. Been away from Malaysia for so long I feel almost ancient struggling to remember landmarks.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,395
December 14, 2008 3:39pm

This is one of my favourite heritage buildings in Penang. It started life as the Ban HIn Lee Bank, then became Southern Bank and now CIMB Bank, a merged bank like you say. In the 70s I used to have a safe deposit box with the Ban Hin Lee Bank and the safe deposit box vault was quite quaint, like something from a movie. I visited the bank (Ban Hin Lee Bank) often when my friend Jimmy Yeap was running the bank. Jimmy was shot dead in Gurney Drive during a kidnap attempt in 1986.
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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December 14, 2008 3:44pm

Kayes, thanks for sharing this building's rich history. Very enlightening indeed. At the same time, I'm sorry to learn of your friend's tragic fate.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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December 14, 2008 4:06pm

Like many rich people in Penang, Jimmy went for an "anti kidnap course" in the US. This included the handling of firearms and how to evade capture. Jimmy and I used Walther PPKs and he was a much better shot than me. I bought the first Range Rover in Penang in 1985 and he had wanted a Rangie as it was a bigger and higher car that could possibly thwart a kidnap attempt on the road. Before he could change from his Jag to a Range Rover, his Jaguar was sandwiched by three cars (two were Volvos) along Gurney Drive. There was a shootout and Jimmy shot dead one attacker before he was fatally gunned down.
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 14, 2008 4:14pm

Whoa, I know NOT to cross you then. No, sir, not with you packing that Walther PPK! Smile And this story needs to be in that coffee-table book!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,395
December 14, 2008 4:16pm

Phoebe, like I said, I am a poor shot Smile!
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 14, 2008 4:57pm

Kayes, poor shot or otherwise, I still pack no glinting piece, plain and simple. And that means a complete walk-over for you. See, no match, no argument, full stop. End of story. Smile
cyleow

Registered: January 2011
Posts: 1
January 31, 2011 8:50pm

Hi Kayes, Greeting from New Zealand; I just join your incredible forum and is amazed by all the Penang photos! I am writing a story on your friend Jimmy Yap re the kindnapping and my news photo coverage, will it be possible to use this photo of the bank in my blog. If yes, please tell me how I can credit you.You got my email, look forward hearing from you! Kind Regards - CY



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