Timothy Tye
Permatang Rawa, Bukit Mertajam

Permatang Rawa (GPS: 5.36868, 100.44984) is a Malay village in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. The village is located off Jalan Permatang Rawa, the main road that is contiguous with Jalan Permatang Batu to the west and Jalan Muthu Palaniappan to the east. The presence of a tributary of Sungai Juru flowing through the area makes it ideal for the founding of a settlement. From the term Rawa, one can assume that the early settlers hail from the Minangkabau community, either from West Sumatra or Negeri Sembilan, but further research needs to be done to conclusively substantiate the name of the village.

As of 2015, Permatang Rawa remains largely undeveloped, with large areas of rural land. There is a small housing development of mostly double-storey link houses in the area, which appears neglected.

Permatang Rawa on Google Maps Street View

Village scene at Permatang Rawa

Housing development in Permatang Rawa is just across the road from village houses.

How to go to Permatang Rawa

Exit the North-South Expressway at Exit 160 (Juru Interchange). Take Federal Route 1 north. After passing the Bukit Tengah Petronas, turn right into Jalan Kebun Sireh (state route P18). Go until the end, then turn left at the junction with Jalan Padang Lalang. Go along Jalan Padang Lalang until next junction, with Jalan Muthu Palaniappan. Turn right and head towards Permatang Rawa.

Public Transport to Permatang Rawa

Jalan Permatang Rawa is served by Rapid Penang bus 709 between Penang Sentral and the Bukit Mertajam Bus Terminal.

Location of Permatang Rawa on map

Permatang Rawa is on the map of Seberang Perai

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