Karpal Singh Drive (GPS: 5.39828, 100.33027), or Persiaran Karpal Singh, is a seaside promenade at Bandar Sri Pinang in Jelutong, Penang. It comprises the 500-meter Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5 and 300-meter Lebuh Sungai Pinang 4, collectively known as the IJM Promenade. The promenade was renamed after the late Karpal Singh, the beloved local politician and lawyer who was killed in a road accident on the North South Expressway on 17 April, 2014. The renaming was announced by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, on 19 April, 2014. This makes Karpal Singh, who was popularly called the Tiger of Jelutong, the first leader of the Democratic Action Party to be honoured with a street name on Penang Island.
The promenade at Karpal Singh Drive (7 December, 2009)
Karpal Singh Drive was developed by Jelutong Development, a subsidiary of IJM Properties at a cost of RM7 million. It has since become an alternative promenade for leisurely evening strolls while enjoying the scenery of the Penang Harbour and Penang Bridge. Karpal Singh Drive will be part of the promenade that will eventually stretch from Jalan Sungai Pinang all the way to Penang Bridge, where IJM is engaged in another development, the Light Waterfront.
Celebration of Our Blue Sky Sculpture, Karpal Singh Drive (26 August 2008)
Karpal Singh Drive has a paved pedestrian promenade on one side, and a service road with commercial properties on the other, comprising The Maritime and Promenade 28.
The promenade at Karpal Singh Drive features a 10-meter walkway beautified with several modern-art sculptures. The most iconic is called Celebration of Our Blue Sky. Another sculpture, Rhythm of Light, depicts music notes. These sculptures are the work on Hitori Nakayama, a Japanese artist who has been residing in Penang for the past twenty years. They are among the sculptures created by IJM as part of the Penang in Harmony collection, which includes the Harmony Fly seagull sculpture at along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and Wave of Harmony sculpture at the Gurney Drive roundabout. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, during the hand-over ceremony, praised the developer for bringing art out of gallery space and into the public realm.
The promenade at Celebration of Our Blue Sky sculpture (26 August, 2008)
Previously, Karpal Singh Drive is the location for the two Ubah Bird visits to Penang, when the inflateable bird was anchored in the sea off the promenade.
25 May, 2015: The Star reports the relocation of an angsana tree to Karpal Singh Drive from Residency Road, in order to enable road widening to be carried out over there.
The Penang Flotilla, which was overall champion in the 1-Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade, was installed at Karpal Singh Drive for the viewing pleasure of the public.
19 April, 2014: The IJM Promenade, comprising Lebuh Sungai Pinang 4 and Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, has been renamed Karpal Singh Drive.
13 July, 2013: The Ubah di Air bird mascot was launched at the Karpal Singh Drive.
6 October, 2010: The first Burger King in Penang opened on 30 September, 2010, at Promenade 28, a new retail row at Jelutong Promenade.
The old Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5 road sign that has since been replaced (6 April, 2014)
Karpal Singh Drive is not served by public transport, so it is best reached by private vehicle. The nearest bus stop is along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, at Desa Pinang 1, served by Rapid Penang bus 303, 307 and 401E.
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