Located between city and sea, and hill and beach, Penang’s famed outskirt undergoes changes good and bad.
“If it hadn’t been for our families back home, I think most of us would have stayed forever.” The simple but poignant words of Tony Birkett, a Royal Air Force (RAF) serviceman who was stationed in Penang during the early 1960s, sum up how a lot of visitors feel about the state. The airman was then attached to the RAF Cottesmore’s Victor Bombers of No. 10 Squadron. He published his memories of his time in Penang in England’s Derby Telegraph in 20151, with a specific mention of escapades in Tanjung Bungah – an area that housed many armed forces personnel who were sent here during the Emergency and the Confrontation periods.
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