Managing Changes in Tanjung Tokong

loading Fishing boats dock nearby a series of luxury condominiums.

Amid Penang’s new skyscrapers and the ubiquitous sea lies a village that is like no other.

It is one of the oldest villages in Penang. Known as Mukim 18, Tanjung Tokong was already a fishing settlement decades before Francis Light came to Penang.

“A long time ago, fishermen from Tanjung Tokong were already recognised for their traditional methods of large catches using fish traps like jermal and rumbia. These methods are no longer practised nowadays,” says Mohd Ishak Abdul Rahman, a fisherman who lives in the area.

Besides fishery, Tanjung Tokong also thrives on economic activities such as agriculture and micro businesses: in particular, food. Along Jalan Tanjung Tokong Lama, one finds traditional Malay cuisine such as various kueh-mueh, and of course nasi campur with its rich coconut milk-infused gravy and fresh seafood. The spot is understandably a centre of attraction during breakfast and lunch.

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