Penang is a Malaysian state located in the Malay Peninsula. It is also referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, although it actually means ‘island of a betel nut tree’. With over one million inhabitants, Penang is the eighth most populated state in Malaysia.
It is characterised by an equatorial climate which is consistent throughout the year. The weather stays warm and clear with brief but abundant rainfall from June to September. The humidity is tempered by cool breezes with the surrounding sea influencing the climate to a great extent.
Penang was originally a part of the Malay kingdom before it became a free port in the 1960s. Today, Penang is one of the most competent economies of Malaysia with manufacturing as its major industry sector.
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