By the Water’s Edge

Weld Quay, or Pengkalan Weld, harbours a rich history that dates back to 1882. Stretching from Swettenham Pier to Gat Lebuh Prangin, it was named after Sir Frederick Weld who was the Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1880 to 1887. The motive behind the building of this reclaimed coastal road was to link the ends of many ghats lining the shallow waterfront – points where boatmen docked to unload their cargo and passengers. The island’s location at the tip of the Strait of Malacca undeniably played a pivotal role in establishing the area as a strategic stop for those plying the India-China trade route during the mercantile boom of the early 1900s.

While much has changed over time, this waterfront continues to cradle the island’s major piers and jetties, staying ever relevant to its people and travellers.

Born and bred in Penang, Jonathan Lim’s work revolves around stories of people and places. His latest documentary project sees him working with a group of engineers as they bring electricity to an off-grid Bidayuh village in Ulu Padawan, Sarawak. Glimpses of his work can be found at

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