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Kampung Melayu, Air Itam




Jalan Kampung Melayu, Air Itam, Penang (9 September 2012)



Kampung Melayu is one of the settlements in Air Itam, Penang. Its name came about because it was originally a Malay village in the late 19th century. The settlement of Kampung Melayu developed at the confluence of Sungai Air Itam with Sungai Air Putih.

The early settlement of Kampung Melayu drew inhabitants from earlier Malay settlement on Penang island, among them the Malay village of the Acheen Street area. The village may have seen an influx of refugees during the period when war broke out between different factions of the Malays, who found themselves aligned to either the Red Flag or White Flag secret societies whose activities were prominent in George Town.

Sheikh Omar Basheer Mausoleum, Kampung Melayu, Air Itam (9 September 2012)


The Malay settlers of Kampung Melayu left their mark in the Air Itam area. Among them, the Malay Boys' Orphanage, at the junction of Jalan Air Itam and Thean Teik Road, stands as a reminder of the once predominant Malay character to the area.

Probably the most prominent member of society in Kampung Melayu was the Naqshabandiah Sufi teacher, Sheikh Omar Basheer Al-Khalidy. His mausoleum, a gazetted heritage site in Kampung Melayu today, is the biggest Muslim mausoleum in Penang.

Kampung Melayu, Air ItamAerial view of Kampung Melayu, Air Itam, with the Kampung Melayu Flats in the background (18 May, 2013)

Streets in Kampung Melayu

Going to Kampung Melayu by public transport

Kampung Melayu is served by Rapid Penang Bus 204.

Location of Kampung Melayu on the map

List of Villages on Penang Island

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