The Chronicles of Penang: The Location

Hmm I just realized this cheap WordPress can’t embed Google maps. So a print-screen is an alternative. Click on pic to go to actual map.

One thing that has been in mind since AGES and now becomes densed even more now that my focus is on the transportation to go to westcoast:

– The stupid government is toooooooo busy building elevated highways and light trains and mega skycrapers in KL only that never seem to realize that MILLIONS of people would need a railway from the east to Westcoast i.e. Penang, Perak, Selangor… and vice versa.

You see? Since the existence of railway in Malaya more than 100 years ago.. it’s only been this way and never improved, you need to travel south first to go to KL by railway, hence long 13+ hours.. while they could have actually been much shorter should they spend some time thinking wisely and come up with a crossing railway from east to west.. I would say it may only take less than 10 hours to KL and only 5 hours to Penang.. or can be faster assuming they’ll improve the trains system itself rather than still being stuck at the era of Japanese colonization (no offense to Japan, this is a regular metaphor to actually say loooooooooooooong time ago and never get civilized). Sigh but some people are too blind to realize.. coz they only travel by private jets..

So….. forget the train now it’s more than ridiculous to travel to Penang by train if you have to go south first then come up north again. Driving would take 5 hours from Kota Bharu, as some say.. so it’s relatively closer than to KL obviously.


OK, less than 24 hours after I made the previous post, God has sent me a sign that I HAVE TO GO TO USM!!!!!!

He does have a sense of humour :)

Electronics doesn’t sound too bad ok. And it has its own modern Engineering campus, though I much much love the good old university buildings like UKM’s, but that’s another story. And think Penang, though I have not been there since over 10 years ago, I think it’s still an exciting place to be. And think original Char Kuey Teow! Hmm.. my mouth already starts watering….

Well, the Engineering campus isn’t in the island.. but it won’t stop me from crossing the Penang straits over the weekends :)

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