Two of the major hospitals in Penang were founded here, namely Lam Wah Ee Hospital in 1883 and the Penang Adventist Hospital in 1924. The original Lam Wah Ee Hospital building was destroyed during the Second World War, and was replaced with a later structure that is still standing today, until the hospital shifted to its present located along Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim. Nonetheless Muntri Street is still remembered by the locals as Lam Wah Ee Kay, or Lam Wah Ee Hospital Street.
Muntri Street, between Penang Road and Leith Street (15 December 2012)
The original building for Adventist Hospital is still standing today, at the junction of Muntri Street and Leith Street, and today houses Lum Fong Hotel.
Muntri Street was named after the 19th Century Menteri of Larut, Ngah Ibrahim. A number of trade guilds from the bygone era are still found here, among them the Penang & Province Wellesley Cafe Association formed by Hainanese coffeeshop owners, Penang Restaurants and Tea Shops Association, Penang Goldsmith Association, among others. The Cantonese district association Wooi Ning Wooi Koon is also located here, as is King Wan Association, a trade union for shopkeepers and clerks - the name "King Wan", which was chosen after the original association got banned, means "warning the stubborn".
Muntri Street, between Leith Street and Love Lane (24 November 2008)
75 Muntri Street was the home of famous 19th century Baba-Malay novelist Chan Kim Boon (1851-1920), who is better known by his pen name Batu Gantong. He earn his fame for translating Chinese classics into Baba Malay, a patois mixing market Malay with Hokkien, producing witty pieces that amused his local readership.
In Other Words ...
In Hokkien, Muntri Street used to be known as Lam3 Wah3 Ee3 Kay1 meaning "Lam Wah Ee Hospital Street", as the hospital used to be located there. It was also called Sin3 Hai1lam2 Kong3si1 Kay1, meaning "New Hainanese Clan Association Street".
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