The Evolution of Gurney Drive and Its Name

By Anwar Fazal

September 2016 BEGINNINGS
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With Gurney Drive undergoing a major transformation, it is a good time to consider its history.The idea of a promenade along the north beach had long been in the minds of the people of George Town. In 1930 plans were completed for what was described as the “new coast road” between North Beach and Cantonment Road Ghaut. The Commissioners of the Municipality gave considerable time to persuade land owners to give up land for the construction of the road and...

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Anwar Fazal

Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal was Asst. City Secretary, City Council of George Town, Penang, Malaysia, from 1965 to 1973. Some of the material for this article was from the official programme of the Opening Ceremony of the Youth Park. He worked as private secretary to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu from 1967 to 1973, founded the Consumers Association of Penang and many other local and global civil society organisations. He headed the United Nations Urban Governance Initiative for Asia and the Pacific from 1991 to 2002. He is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” and also the United Nations Environment Programme “Global 500” Award. He is currently Director of the Right Livelihood College and Chairperson of Think City.