Climbing the Back Left Flipper of Penang Island

By Rexy Prakash Chacko

September 2019 PEAKS AND PARKS
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Drone shot of the south-western tip of Penang, Tanjung Gertak Sanggul.
If you are to look at Penang on a map, it becomes immediately apparent that Penang Island is shaped like a turtle, with four flippers strategically positioned at each geographical extreme of the island. The most accessible of these four “flippers” does not require much walking, as this is George Town, a flat promontory that converges near the historic Fort Cornwallis. The other three “flippers” – Tanjung Puchat Muka (quite literally “Pale Face Cape”!) on the north-west where the Penang...

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Rexy Prakash Chacko

is an electronic engineer by profession and a nature lover by passion. While he spends his weekdays earning a living at the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, his weekends are spent reflecting and recharging on the green hills of Penang.