Updated at 2022-04-25
Penang is one of Malaysia’s 13 states. It’s located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It’s said that the name came from the betel nut trees that could be found everywhere in the early years. Several of Penang’s cities are sister or friendship cities with Taiwan’s cities. The seat of the Penang State Government is in state capital George Town. The state government consists of two branches, executive and legislative. The Penang State Executive Council forms the executive branch, while the Penang State Legislative Assembly is the legislature of the state government. The current head of government is Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the giver of this gift. The state government does not have a judiciary branch, because unlike Taiwan, Malaysia’s judicial system is a federalized system and relevant judicial affairs are handled by Malayan courts.
Area: 1,049 square kilometers
Population: 1.7806 million
Main industries: the main industries are trade, industry, tourism, and agriculture. The high-tech industry is regarded as an important economic foundation, and Penang’s efforts to become a high-tech software production center led to it being dubbed “Silicon Valley of the East.”
City/region features: George Town, the capital of Penang, was established in 1786 and inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The Globalization and World Cities Research Network also classified it as a gamma level city.