City status is a matter of status – and expectations

By Julia Tan

May 2015 FEATURE
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With Penang Island becoming a city, is anything going to be different within the council?What’s in a name? Does George Town smell any less sweet now that the city status encompasses the entire island of Penang?According to Datuk Patahiyah Ismail, Penang Island’s first mayor, it doesn’t. George Town hasn’t been forgotten, nor has its thunder been stolen. It’s just a matter of status; when all the celebrations have died down, it’s business as usual for the council. The city council.“Apart...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.