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Things about Bayan Lepas, Penang that You Should Know
Bayan Lepas is within George Town, in the Malaysian state of Penang. It is based in Southwest Penang Island District, around the southeastern tip of Penang Island.
The township was founded in the 19th century and is now the home of eponymous Free Industrial Zone and Penang International Airport. Some multinational companies dealing with electronic and engineering firms have set their plants in the town. Some of the companies are Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Motorola, Bosch, and Intel.
Bayan Lepas is believed to have been named after one rich Sumatran family that significantly contributed to the growth of the town. Upon coming ashore, the family’s pet parakeet escaped, explaining the name Bayan Lepas, meaning ‘escaped parakeet’ in Malay.
The mukim of Bayan Lepas includes Bayan Lepas and neighborhoods such as Sungai Ara, Batu Maung, and Bayan Baru. The 2010 National Census carried out by Malaysia’s Department of Statistics showed that the population of the mukim was 122,654. Bayan Lepas is, therefore, the largest Southwest Penang Island District, with a majority of the district’s population.
47% of Bayan Lepas’s population was formed by Ethnic Malays, closely followed by Chinese who were 37%, 8% of Indians and the other 7% comprising of foreigners.
The electronics and engineering sectors have been the stronghold of the town. Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone has developed to the ‘Silicon Valley of the East.’ Motorola was the first multinational firm to set up their plant in Bayan Lepas, and others followed.
As a result of the multinational companies, the town has benefited from foreign direct investment (FDI). In 2015, Penang attracted RM4.5 billion worth from the latter, with the highest funds going to the manufacturing sector. The Free Industrial Zone has helped develop the manufacturing sector which is currently making 44.6% of Penang’s total Gross Domestic Product as per 2016.
In current years, the Penang state government has provided funds to develop Bayan Baru to a Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) hub. The investments include Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)-status infrastructure, a good example being SUNTECH Tower and One Precinct. Other multinational companies such as Zurich Insurance, Keyence and Celestica are also setting business outsourcing centers.
The nearby neighborhood of Batu Maung is a fisheries center. It has a deepwater fishing port and a headquarters of WorldFish Center, a global non-profit fisheries research organization and Malaysia’s Fisheries Development Authority’s Fisheries Research Institute.
The Penang International Airport is the busiest airports in Malaysia. It is the major airport in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia. It is the oldest civilians’ airport. It was completed back in 1935 when Penang was part of the British crown colony.
The proximity of Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone allows easy transportation of products to and from the industries. It also connects Penang with major cities such as Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Doha, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Bayan Lepas is connected to the Malay Peninsula through the Second Penang Bridge, which connects Batu Maung on Penang Island with Batu Kawan in Seberang Perai.
Rapid Penang bus routes 308, 302, 401 and 401E has stops within Bayan Lepas proper. Routes 102, 306, 401 and 401E serve Penang International Airport.