PDC – Making Penang Lead

loading PDC's offices at Bayan Lepas.

Losing its free port status would have done Penang in, if not for the PDC.



Bayan Lepas, like Komtar and the Penang Bridge, are symbols of the robust development Penang underwent in the early 1970s. The story of how Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Prime Minister from 1970- 1976, declared Bayan Lepas a free trade zone with a wave of his cane during his visit to the area, has become legend. But Penang’s industrial transformation is rightly credited to its second Chief Minister, Dr Lim Chong Eu (1969-1990).

Developing from a quiet town with large paddy fields into a busy free industrial zone, Bayan Lepas is where the “Eight Samurai” – Intel, AMD, Hewlett-Packard, Clarion, National Semiconductor (Fairchild), Hitachi, Osram, and Bosch – are located.


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