Penang’s Youth Park: Malaysia’s First Adventure Playground

loading The Youth Park was designed with diverse activities for folks of all ages in mind.

It is at the same time a green lung for the island, a space for interracial play and a place for the young at heart.

One Monday morning in June 1970, Dr Lim Chong Eu, then Chief Minister of Penang, marched into his office at the top floor of the Tuanku Syed Putra Building in Downing Street, George Town. As usual, he had a newspaper under his arm and a few files in his hand, followed by his “office boy”, the elderly Samy, carrying his bulging leather briefcase.

He had to pass by my desk outside his office. He muttered something like “Anwar, I met Datuk Albert Mah yesterday. He said we should do something about the abandoned quarry and overgrown land behind the Western Road Cemetery. Can you check and see what to do?”

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