A Short History of Penang’s Malay Publishing Industry

By Caleb Goh

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The Jelutong Press.
The Malay printed word in Penang had its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, peaking just before the Second World War.In a dusty shop on the second floor of Chowrasta Market, yellowing cardboard-bound books lie tied up with cord. Many of these are printed in Tamil and Jawi, and some in romanised Malay. These are the remains of Penang’s early Malay publishing industry which once dominated northern Malaya. These are books written, printed, bound and sold in Penang – a...

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Caleb Goh

studied Law at the Multimedia University in Malacca. He recently completed a two month internship at Penang Institute. He hopes to travel around the world some day with his clarinet and an unlimited supply of Zapple.