There’s no way if you’re a Penangite and you’re clueless about the existence of the Penang bridge. This bridge is the pride and joy of Penangites and Malaysians and was once the longest bridge in Southeast Asia!
But did you know, the bridge celebrated its 35th anniversary yesterday, 3rd August? Facebook group Penang Kini shared pictures from the iconic bridge’s opening on 3rd August 1985.
The idea of a bridge linking Seberang Perai and the island was developed by the government, who was headed by 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak and the 2nd Chief Minister of Penang Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.
Construction for the bridge began in 1982 manned by Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company (Korea) Ltd from South Korea and the United Engineers Malaysia Berhad.
While the official opening was 3rd August, the bridge was opened to the public just over a month later on 14th September 1985 by fourth Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang, Tun Dr Awang Hassan.
With a length over water of 8.4 kilometres (5.2 miles), Penang Bridge currently stands as the second-longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest bridge in Southeast Asia.
The Penang Bridge is another marvel in a long list of feats by Malaysia and we should never stop being proud of it!
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