Trishaws – Another Sunset Industry

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The three-wheelers that plied the streets of George Town before the taxi, Uber and Grab, helped define the city’s culture – and are becoming a rarity. Penang Monthly takes a look at two personalities enrooted in the trishaw business.

Choo Yew Choon produces and repairs trishaws. In fact, he is the fourth generation in his family running the business. He took over the business, Hup Huat, in 1989, and according to the 59-year-old, there were about seven shops that repaired trishaws in the 1990s; three or four produced new trishaws.

Today, Choo is one of the very last trishaw makers in Penang.

The shop used to be located in Lebuh Chulia. However, rising rental led him to look for a more affordable place, and eventually in 2002 he settled for Jalan Pintal Tali.


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