"Culture, History, Food and Friendly People" Penang by cochinjew
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For me, this is a great find, after criss crossing through familiar paths in Malaysia.
Reeking with history, from the indigenous Malays or perhaps even Sea Gypsies, to Chettiars from Tamil Nadu who came to trade in Areca Nut ( thus the name Pinang, from Areca Pinanga for Palm Enthusiasts), Wealthy Chinese Mandarins, such as Cheong Fatt Tze, to ordinary chinese labourers and coolies from Hokkien speaking region, Tamoul workers from Madras and Sri Lanka. Sprinkled in this melee were traders from Armenia, Iraqi jews from Calcutta and European jewish traders, Arabs.
Part of India, after Sir Francis Light obtained a concession from Sultan of Kedah, later part of the Colony of British Straits Settlements which included Malacca and Singapore, administered from Calcutta, incorporated into the fifty year old Malaysia. The enlightened people of Penang has not let the blind Malayanization policy, street names, some bear the old historical ones, most of them are in English and Malay and Racial apartheid laws are on the wane. Congratulations, Penang.. may you be the shining light upon the rest of Malaysia.
It was a privilege for me to meet Mr Mohammed Idris JP and his coworkers at the Consumers Association of Penang, a visionary forward thinking group of people, who are so far ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to human, emotional and spiritual well being of humanity as a whole. If you are from Penang and have not visited this institution, You do not deserve my respect and please correct the situation. Only on 17 April 2008 did CNN International talk about Bisphenol A in plastic bottles including baby bottles and the risk of hormonal changes and later obesity and USA today mentioned it one month earlier. CAP had written and published a book on this at least ten years earlier. I stoked up on all their reader friendly materials, which is a must for malaysians 43 per cent of whom are FAT.. I highly recommend a visit to this institution and at least meet Mr Lim who has worked there for twenty years or if you are lucky, meet mr Idris. Good Luck. You would be a better human being for this..
I have found Malaysia to be a great value for money and quality when comparing itself to Bangkok or singapore its rivls, add to it the friendliness of the malaysian people: Tamouls, Malays and chinese in that order.
stayed at the Bayfront resort at the end of the Batu Ferringhi area a little away from the routist hamburger and spaghetti joints. Majority of the visitors at this hotel were Malaysians and the breakfast was sumptious and the ambience very good with a good view of the pool and the beach from the room. Highly recommended.
- Pros:Gem of a Find
- Cons:Need own transportation to get around
- In a nutshell:This is truly Asia, not KL or Johore Bahru or Singapore
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