Ooi Kee Beng.
Penang lies at the southern end of the Andaman Sea, the eastern end of the Bay of Bengal and the northern end of the Straits of Melaka. It also marks the westernmost end of the Malay peninsula.
Being so oddly placed, the island has been a concourse for economic, cultural and political flows going in all directions. It was naturally an entrepôt for the rich produce of the region, a safe harbour for tired ships and a land of hope for immigrants from near and far – an urban centre where different ethnic groups and religions negotiated for space, ...
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