Muslim Mercantile Activities in George Town Before The Second World War

By Mahani Musa

May 2011 FEATURE
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Kapitan Keling Mosque on Pitt Street.
BUSINESS AND TRADING ACTIVITIES were not foreign to the Malays at the time when Francis Light occupied Penang on August 11, 1786; various bazaars were opened by Chinese, Indians and Muslims from Kedah to sell essential goods like foodstuffs, rice, spices, clothing and other items. During those days, major food items like rice, fowls and meat, as well as wooden planks (used for construction) were brought over to the island from there.Since then, Penang began to receive traders from all...

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Mahani Musa

is a lecturer in History at the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, her current research interest is Malaysian social history. She is the author of Malay Secret Societies in the Northern Malay States, 1821-1940s.