Leaving the Island for Greener Pastures


Moving from Penang Island to the mainland might have been deemed foolhardy a mere decade ago, but today, drawn by new and attractive development projects, quality health and educational facilities and housing prices that are less painful on the pocket, many are boldly packing up for Seberang Perai.

Alex Ooi is one of them. Born and raised in Air Itam, Ooi only seriously contemplated moving to the mainland when the living space of his old home grew too snug for his family’s comfort.

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