Saving Tanjung Tokong


Tanjung Tokong has the historical honour of being the only urban village left on the Northeast Coast district, closest to George Town. Early Malay and Chinese maritime communities are under siege with the recent development of luxury residential and commercial properties.

The malay community of Kampung Tanjong Tokong needs to showcase its long history in the area, its peaceful co-existence with the Chinese community and its living heritage. Family histories here go back over 300 years and some families have actually drawn up their complex genealogies from the time of Captain Francis Light and before. This is unique to Penang’s urban history when you consider that Tanjung Tokong is even older than George Town.

My proposal here to conserve and restore Kampung Tanjong Tokong into a national heritage village (Kampung Warisan) is part of a larger attempt to restore the heritage of coastal Malays (and Chinese).

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