What Do Straits Do—Separate or Connect? [Part One]

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

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DOES THE PENANG Strait separate Seberang Perai from Penang Island or does it connect one to the other?This question is not as glib as it may sound at first reading. We do think of bodies of water as things that separate the pieces of land on which human beings live. The Atlantic separates Europe from North America; in fact, it kept the existence of each continent a secret from the other until 500 years ago. The same can be said...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: wikibeng.com.