Building the Penang Bridge

By Jeffrey Hardy Quah

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Rosalind Chua
Penang has a few iconic structures, the most photographed of which is the Penang Bridge, opened in September 1985. PEM talks to Liaw Yew Peng, the chief resident engineer for the project. Proudly, he tells us that the bridge was actually completed below budget, but is clearly upset, among other things, at how Penang no longer receives any revenue from it.LIAW YEW PENG could have been a doctor. His grades were good enough, and he enjoyed subjects like biology. Many of his...

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Jeffrey Hardy Quah

is a freelance writer and editor.