Are Our Trishaws Doomed?

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THE END OF World War II introduced trishaws to Penang, and between the late 1960s and the early 1970s, more than 2,500 of these vehicles plied the streets of George Town. It was the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98 that caused its enduring popularity to plummet. A decade later, following George Town’s inscription as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008, the demand for trishaws was once again revived as tourists descended on the city by the thousands. Its numbers though have been greatly reduced. Only 130 remain on the island today, with 30 based in Batu Ferringhi and 100 meandering ...

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