Bukit Mertajam, once an agricultural settlement, is today a prosperous commercial centre. The town gained attention from the British in the nineteenth century – thanks to its lucrative spice and sugar trade – and its growth has continued unabated.
Today, it is an exciting and attractive place peopled by colourful personalities.
Mohd Shahrizal is a Penang-based photojournalist. His works have been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, Huffington Post (Greece), Asialyst, The Malay Mail Online, Astro Awani and more.