Beautiful Penang Bridge #1 …… should ask Simon and Garfunkel to come and take look.
3rd August 1985 – that was slightly over 3 decades ago – was a day of national pride when Dr Mahathir drove a bright red Proton Saga over the original Penang Bridge. I had already left my Pearl of the Orient for a year by then; still I could not help getting emo over that. A Penanglang at heart – just as I am, still.
The 13.5km long JPP meant that going over to Butterworth changed from “kuay kang” (过港) to “kuay kio” (过桥) in Penang Hokkien lingo. Motor vehicles could travel freely now without having to wait for the chug-a-chug vintage ferries.
In no small way, it paved the way for the transformation of Pulau Pinang into an economic powerhouse.