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.
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.
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