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Penang Clan Jetties, Weld Quay

Posted by on Jun 5th, 2007
Filed Under: Penang, Sights

Penang Clan Jetty
Penang Clan Jetties – Weld Quay

A collection of water villages found along Weld Quay has been in existence since the 19th century. The jetty area is situated along the edge of the inland part of the sea where Penang Island faces the mainland about a mile across.

A clan jetty is actually a village built on silts and the name of the jetty is named after the last name of the residence. Each jetty comprises of row houses linked by planked walkways over the water. Their ancestor’s came from small coastal communities in Fukien province China, and were mostly fisherman and gatherers of oysters.

Penang Weld Quay
Altogether there are eight clan jetties along Weld Quay:

  • Chew Jetty
  • Koay Jetty
  • Lee Jetty
  • Lim Jetty
  • Peng Aun Jetty
  • Tan Jetty
  • Yeoh Jetty
  • Mixed Clans Jetty

Among the jetties, only the Chew Jetty continues to have any clan related activity – the once a year annual worship of its temple deity and “Tee Kong” (God of Heaven or Sky God). The event takes place on the 9th of Chinese New Year (Lunar calendar).

With its interesting blend of cultural and religious activities, life at the Weld Quay settlements is never dull. Today over a century later, the Weld quay area looks much the same – untouched by the development that has taken place all around.

Tip: If you are visiting the Weld Quay Jetty settlement here, be prepared to hold your breath. Chances are you will come across bits and pieces of human waste and also soapy water in the sea, discharged from households there. This is because for more than a 100 years now, the settlement, has not been equipped with a proper sanitary and sewage system.

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3 Responses »

  1. […] few weeks ago, I flew to Penang for an assignment on the Penang clan jetties which are under threat from developers (same ol story in Malaysia). Imagine a jetty, but with […]

  2. Chew Jetty is at risk of having another FIRE like the one on 4th Feb.2009 when rooms are sub-let to illegal tenant like the house in/at 76F Chew Jetty.
    illegal tenant almost cause another fire in October 2009 when a woman from Java left her gas burner on while having and Eroctic bath with her male Indian “husband”.
    Will the Chew Jetty board (if there is one) and the Fire Dept . look into #76F Chew Jetty and the rest of the residents to prevent another fire.

  3. WEB”MASTER” OF TRAVEL GUIDE MALAYSIA “SOMEONE” HAS DELETED MY INPUT ON “CHEW JETTY “ABOUT THE SAME AS THE ONE SUBMIT MY “ANDY LAU” WHY?? IS MY SO “OFFENCIVE” TO THAT OF ANDY? THAN WHY WAS MY DELETED? HERE I SUBMIT AGAIN THAT A HOUSE #76F IS ILLEGALY SUBLETTING “ROOMS” AT RM. 100 TO RM. 150 PER MONTH WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE RENT CONTROL OF PENANG KNOWLEDGE. (THE RENT CONTROL DEPT. OF PENANG ) MUST BE “SLEEPING’ IN NOT KNOWING WHAT IS GOING ON IN AND AROUND THE CLANS JETTY OF TAN ,LIM.ONG ETC.
    AND NAMELY @ #76F CHEW JETTY.IT IS AT RISK OF ANOTHER FIRE THAT A HAD TAKEN PLACE AT CHEW JETTY ON 4TH.FEB.2009.

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