Welcome to PenangMalays.com. Penang is one of the 14 states of Malaysia and is also known as ‘The Pearl of Orient’. Many people thought that Captain Francis Light was the real founder of Penang and there were no history whatsoever before he came. The truth is, Captain Francis Light may have landed in Penang in the year of 1786 but the Malay people were already on this land and lived here even to this day. A member of the Minangkabau court in Pagaruyung, Datuk Jenaton bin Raja Labu travelled between Penang, Kedah, and Batu Bara (in Sumatera) before finally settled in Penang in 1749. When he died, he was buried at Bukit Tok Jenaton in Minden.
Another important piece of history that everybody should know is Masjid Jamek Batu Uban. The mosque is located in Kampung Batu Uban and was founded in 1734 by Haji Muhammad Salleh or also known as Nahkoda Nan Intan, a friend of Datuk Jenaton who travelled with him to Penang alongside Nakhoda Kecil (Ismail) and Nakhoda Bayan. From Batu Uban, its progressive population radiated to Tanjung Penegeri and Tanjung Penaga, what has been known to the local population as Tanjung [A. Murad Merican]. If you want to find out more about who’s who among Penang Malays or Melayu Pulau Pinang as we call it in Bahasa Melayu, you’ve come to the right place. We’re very glad that you are here. Enjoy and have fun!
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Headed by Dr. Mohamad Rashidi Mohd Pakri & Nazima Versay Kudus, this project was funded in 2013 by Geran Penyelidikan Warisan Melayu Pulau Pinang (1001/JNC/AUPRM001), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA.