Kepala Batas (GPS: 5.51666, 100.42552), (Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 甲抛峇底; Pinyin: Jiǎpāo Bādǐ) is a township in Seberang Perai Utara. It is the northenmost major town on Penang Mainland. The name Kepala Batas means "head of the bund". It is a common name in agricultural villages where rice is grown. There is another town called Kepala Batas in Kedah.
Kepala Batas in Penang is the hometown for Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a former prime minister of Malaysia, who was also the Member of Parliament for Kepala Batas from 1978 until 2013.
Jalan Kubang Menderung is the main road through Kepala Batas. It runs east-west, connecting the Federal Route 1 to the west with the North-South Expressway Northern Route. The other main road in town was named Jalan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi.
Sunshine Bertam Shopping Mall is a newly opened shopping mall in Kepala Batas. It is located just off Jalan Kubang Menderung. Located just off the North-South Expressway is the Penang Golf Resort designed with a number of man-made lakes. At the heart of Kepala Batas, near the main intersection between jalan Kubang Menderung and Jalan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi, is Hotel Seri Malaysia.
If you are coming by car, get out of the North-South Expressway at Exit 166 (Bertam Interchange). Rapid Penang bus 601, 604A and 610 serve Kepala Batas. The bus stops are along Federal Route 1 (called Jalan Kedah here), Jalan Kubang Menderung and Lorong Bertam Indah 15.
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