Selamat Datang!

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!



Penang Malays Mosaic


Just to inform everyone, this website will continue to expand from time to time. If there is any information in this website that need to be edited or updated, please contact us at this email address, admin@penangmalays.com

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. (ahmad)

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.


  1. Assalamualaikum.
    (appologize, I have not a good english)

    I am very thanks you to give me a chance to join this community.

    I am an Indonesia citizen, lived in Banda Aceh.

    Currently, I am trying to find our brothers and sisters in Penang.

    Nyak Hasyim bin Nyak Puteh, the public figure in Penang (posted in August 2015) is my father eldest brother. We have no longer contacted with these family very longtime. If you have any information and possible please help us to connecting to the his sons/sisters or grandson/granddaughter.
    Please send any information to email : arqam_aceh@yahoo.com

    His daughter name are Hasyimah, Saniah. Grand son name is Hasbi.

    many thanks to any kind of help.



    • Waalaikumussalam, Arqam.
      We’re very glad that you have joined us.

      At this moment, we don’t have any more information that can be provided. However, we do hope that your relatives will find you through your email in the comment section.

      All the best to you. Terima kasih.

  2. hi i am aida redza. i am told i can edit my profile here but i have registered and logged in but unable to . I was informed

    Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to activate the People Profile CPT plugin. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugin activated. Please contact the administrator of this site for help.

    Could you help. Thank you for having my profile shared on this site.

    • Hi Aida! It’s our pleasure to have you here. For your information, anyone who has registered is currently a subscriber but we will help you edit your profile. It would be great if you can send us the information needed for editing through email. Our email address is admin@penangmalays.com

      Thank you for visiting our website. Best wishes.

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