The Early History of the Burmese Community in Penang

We have no records of the earliest Burmese arrivals to Penang. However, we know that after 1800, there was a large Burmese settlement in the area between Bagan Jeramal and Pulau Tikus. The Burmese also settled in Batu Maung. The earliest settlers were fishermen who came by fishing boats and established a colony – probably…

Hubungan Pulau Pinang Dengan Selatan Thailand: Abad 19/20

Pendahuluan Hubungan di antara Pulau Pinang dan Selatan Thailand terjalin berasaskan kepada hubungan perdagangan. Pelabuhan-penubuhan di bahagian pantai barat Siam seperti Trang, Phuket dan Palean telah menjalinkan hubungan perdagangan dengan Pulau Pinang sejak penubuhan Pulau Pinang lagi *(1) . Pada hari ini terdapat sejumlah 14 wilayah (changwat) yang merangkumi bahagian selatan Thailand. Wilayah-wilayah seperti Phuket,…

Insight into the Filipino Community in Penang

A Summary by Catherine Lee Sue Si back The Filipino Community in Penang By 1800, the population of the immigrant society in Penang numbered over 10,000, only about 300 of whom were Europeans. The 1835 census recorded 40,207 inhabitants, with 16,435 Malays, 8751 Chinese, 9,208 Indians and only 790 Europeans. Of the 3,000 immigrants of…

The Beijing Opera and “Peng Seah” in Penang

What is Beijing Opera? Beijing Opera originated in Tang Dynasty. It was called Beijing Opera because performing troupes of this kind of opera were always invited to perform in Beijing during the Ching Dynasty. Beijing opera is also named “Ping Ju” (Ping Opera) because Beijing was once called Bei Ping. Beijing Opera has a unique…

Prominent Ceylonese in Penang: Past & Present

  The State of Penang had its fair share of these employees although not to the same extent as the Federated Malay States. A good percentage of the early arrivals were also professionals either direct from Colombo or from Singapore, having been transferred to Penang. One of the early arrivals direct from Jaffna, Ceylon was…

Penang Eurasian Musicians

Music, like the very air we breathe is an integral part of our lives and society. Whether we are actively pursuing a career in music or are simply music lovers it is unimaginable to live a life without music. Penang has always boasted a long list of music greats from the late Tan Sri P….

Chinese Doorways In Penang

A Chinese doorway is more than a physical structure that defines passage from one space to another. It is a symbol of safety, hope, protection, sanctuary and resting station to the early Chinese immigrants and indentured workers. Door Design And Construction. a) Utilitarian 1800 to 1900s simple wood shuttle with minimal decoration b) Neo Classical…

Koay Jetty: The social evolution of the Hui people in Penang

Part One The Hui are one of the main minority groups in China. They are the descendants of Arabian and Middle Eastern peoples. During the Yuan Dynasty, the ruling Mongolians divided the people into different categories with different status 1. Mongolian 2. Arabians and Middle Eastern (Hui) 3. Northern Chinese (Han) 4. South Chinese (Nam…

The Japanese Occupation in Penang, 1941-1945

Living Conditions in 1940 • The Cost of Living – very low. • The value of one cent was much greater. Transportation – mainly was bicycles, trolley buses, trishaw • Trishaws (fare: 1mile – 10 cents) • Only the riches would have cars • There was less than 3,000 cars in Penang by then. The…

Hubungan Kedah-Pulau Pinang

Dr. Mohd Isa Othman Universiti Sains Malaysia back Hubungan Kedah-Pulau Pinang, 1786 – 1900 Kertas ini akan membincangkan hubungan Kedah – Pulau Pinang dari aspek politik, ekonomi dan sosial. Bukanlah juga matlamat kertas ini untuk memperincikan sernua aspek tersebut tetapi hanya mengupas isu dan persoalan-persoalan hubungau dua hala negeri berjiran ini. Pulau Pinang sebelum 1786…

An Indulgent Minority

R.J. Manecksha   back This discourse is entitled “An Indulgent Minority” simply because the Parsees are a relatively unknown race even to some communities among which they live. Because of their very limited numbers in Malaysia, the Parsees are compliant and therefore indulgent to the society in which they live. It was only through a…

Eurasian Contributions to the Economic & Social Development of Penang

ARRIVAL OF THE EURASIANS The Eurasian community in Penang started with the arrival of the British in 1786. Responding to the invitation of Captain Francis Light, the first group of Eurasians, who had settled in Kedah, landed in Penang on 15 August 1786, the eve of the Feast of the Assumption. This community set up…

The History of Penang Eurasians

PREAMBLE The Malaysian National Census 2000 indicates that the population of the Penang Eurasian Community[Serani] is 1,469; which is 11.6% of the Eurasian Malaysian Population of 12,650. The Penang Eurasian Community, in the National Census, is classified under ‘Others’ as being 0.4% or 5254 of the Total Penang Population of 1,313,449. Among the Minorities in…