Penang’s vanished spot on the pilgrim route

By Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

October 2010 HISTORY TODAY
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Penang was – and is – a hub for many things. One of the more unknown flows that it facilitated for almost 200 years was that of pilgrims making their way to and from the Muslim Holy Land. Much of the traffic went through Acheen Street, where tickets for the trip were sold. Shopping in Penang was a favourite activity for both the pilgrims and their well-wishers.Kapal Haji, or pilgrim ships of the Blue Funnel Line.IN THE FIRST hundred years of...

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Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

is a writer and the Malaysia and Singapore representative to the Mandailing All Clans Assembly.