Jelutong or jit loh tōng in Hokkien derives its name from the magnificent Jelutong tree that can grow up to 60m tall and wildly grew on the island. In the mid-nineteenth century, the forested area was cleared for agricultural purposes, and after industrialisation replaced agricultural activities, many factories were set up in Jelutong. Today, it is one of the busiest coastal suburbs in Penang. Located at the north-east of Penang Island and sharing borders with George Town, Bukit Bendera and Bukit Gelugor, Jelutong can be accessed from many directions. Its strategic location makes it an attractive spot for many things, especially for food hunting.
Up until the second quarter of 2017, the number of population based on registered voters in Jelutong was estimated to be around 76,537, and increased to 76,986 in the third quarter of the year.
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