A Tropical Paradise in North-West Malaysia
Dalat International School is located in the state of Penang on the north east corner of Penang Island. This tropical paradise is a draw for tourists as well as local and foreign business. Penang (pronounced pee-nang; Malay: Pulau Pinang) is a state in Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite.
The population of 1.6 million people is located on an island that is approximately 10 miles across and 15 miles long and it’s adjoining strip on the mainland of about the same size; though most of the population lives on the island. Penang Island and the mainland are connected by the 13.5 kilometer Penang Bridge, one of the longest in Asia. Ethnic Chinese make up the largest portion of the population with 43%, Malays are second with 40% and Malaysian Indians round off the top three with 10%. Penang enjoys a year-round equatorial climate which is warm and sunny, along with plentiful rainfall (average of 2670 mm or 105 inches per year), especially during the southwest monsoon from April to September. It has a relative humidity of 70%-90% and has an average daily temperature of 29 degrees Celsius/84 degrees Fahrenheit and nightly temperature of 23 degrees Celsius/74 degrees Fahrenheit.
The betel-nut tree (areca tree) gave the island its name. The Penang Bridge is not only a source of pride to the people of Pulau Pinang; it also unites the island with the mainland part of the State, as well as symbolizing the unity between the State and the Federation. The two pillars of the bridge stand for two basic features of the New Economic Policy, namely the eradication of poverty and restructuring of society, while the four cables represent the four major races in the nation, that is Malay, Chinese, Indian and others. The five blue and white waves symbolize the five Rukunegara and the five administrative districts of the State. A motto was adopted by the Settlement Council of Penang in 1950 and reads “BERSATU DAN SETIA” (United and Loyal).
The flag is a tricolor consisting of vertical stripes of equal width of light blue (at the hoist), white and yellow; on the central (white) stripe is an areca nut palm or pokok pinang on a mount. Light blue signifies the sea, which surrounds the island. The white represents the State itself in its serenity. The yellow signifies prosperity. The betel-nut tree is the tree from which the island takes its names.