Slowly seeking Seberang Perai by Khoo Salma Nasution

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Isi Kandungan | Contents

Kata Pengantar | Foreword
Penghargaan | Acknowledgements
Mukadimah | Introduction

Artifak dan Prasasti | Artifacts and Inscriptions
Pertanian dan Perkebunan | Farming and Agriculture
Sungai dan Jambatan | Rivers and Bridges
Keretapi F.M.S. dan Lintas Selat | F.M.S. Railway and Channel Crossing
Masyarakat Ragam Budaya | Multicultural Communities
Bukit Mertajam
Pengangkutan dan Pembangunan | Transport and Development
Peta | Maps

Bibliografi | Bibliography
Indeks | Index

Province Wellesley, with its long coastline, is the lesser known part of Penang territory. It is layered with Kedah Malay heritage and scattered traces of earlier archaeological remains. Through 200 rare old images, the Pictorial History of Seberang Perai presents its rich patchwork of agricultural landscapes, transport and infrastructure, as well as the traditional villages and market towns which are the microcosms of Malaysia’s multicultural communities.

Sejarah Bergambar Seberang Perai / Province Wellesley, A Pictorial History will be a bilingual book in Bahasa Malaysia and English. We hope this will make it accessible to people of all ages, especially Malaysian schoolchildren who want to learn about Malaysian place history. The book will be published by Areca Books, a Penang-based publisher founded in 2005, which has produced about 30 titles to date. Please explore our website

Khoo Salma: “Seberang Perai is more than twice the size of Penang island and has a slightly larger population but its history is not as well known. Many of my friends were born or grew up in Butterworth or Bukit Mertajam. Who can forget a ferry ride between island and mainland? As an island-born local historian, I was challenged to find out more about ‘the other side of Penang’, appraoching Province Wellesley by mapping it through historic views.”

“Altogether I have assembled about 200 images of Province Wellesley, mostly from the 19th and early 20th century, the earliest being more than 200 years old! These historic photographs, paintings and maps are captioned in English and Bahasa Malaysia. They will show you Seberang Perai as you have never seen it before.”