Kepala Batas, Penang

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Kepala Batas is a town in the northern part of Penang, Malaysia, in Seberang Perai Utara district. The member of parliament for Kepala Batas is the former prime minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, as this is his hometown. Around the 1960s, Kepala Batas became more densely populated around Bertam, Pinang Tunggal and the surrounding area. Kepala Batas is surrounded by paddy fields. The Bertam area had rubber plantations, which have been replaced with oil palm plantations. Therefore, the majority of the early Malay community worked as paddy growers and early immigrants and foreigners were working in the plantation estate. Nowadays, the work in the paddy fields has been replaced by machinery. Most of the Kepala Batas area has been developed by the authorities and private companies. In the Bertam area, the estate has been aggressively developed with a mixture of developments consisting golf resorts, residential units, boarding schools and higher educational institutions.

The heart of Kepala Batas Town became more famous after Datuk Seri Abdullah Hj. Ahmad Badawi, who was born in Kepala Batas has emerged to become the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia. Kepala Batas is now actively developing into a modern, planned city equipped with facilities such as hospitals, schools, a matriculation institute, agricultural research institutes, the Millennium Hall, university college and many more. Kepala Batas has been chosen as the main government district hub for Seberang perai north district. Among the town's attractions is the Kepala Batas night market that sells a variety of cuisines from the north, and noodles with boiled shrimp are sold around the town of Kepala Batas. In the recent general election held on 8 March 2008, Abdullah won the seat with a majority of 11,232 votes. He then terminated his services after 6 years of ruling as PM. However, Kepala Batas development keep continue and become one of the fastest growing town in seberang perai - northern district.

Higher education institutes[edit]

  • Community College (Kolej Komuniti)
  • Penang Matriculation College (Kolej Matrikulasi Pulau Pinang)
  • Pusat Giat Mara Kepala Batas
  • Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS )
  • UiTM (MARA Institute of Technology University)
  • Advanced Research & Dental Institute (IPPT USM)
  • Nursing College (IPPT USM)
  • Industrial Learning Institute (ILP)

Middle and high schools[edit]

  • SMK Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi
  • SMK Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir
  • SMK Agama Al-Irshad
  • SMK Pokok Sena
  • SMK Bertam Indah
  • SMK Kepala Batas
  • SM Sains Kepala Batas
  • MRSM Kepala Batas
  • Sekolah Agama Daeratul Maarifil Wataniah
  • SMK Dato' Kailan
  • SMK Pinang Tunggal

Authorities and public facilities[edit]

  • Agricultural Institute
  • MARDI
  • Kepala Batas Stadium
  • Millenium Hall
  • MPSP Gymnasium
  • MPSP Hockey Stadium
  • MPSP Tennis Court
  • Public Library
  • Kepala Batas Hospital
  • Penang Golf Resort
  • Handicraft Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Kraftangan Malaysia)
  • Dato' Kailan Bus Station
  • Mosques & Surau
  • Temples (Hindu & Budhha)
  • Health Clinics (Ministry of Health)
  • District Syariah Court
  • Wisma Persekutuan Building (Departments of Ministry)
  • Education Department Building (IPD)
  • District Office Building (State/Local Authority Offices)
  • Police Department (IPD)
  • Fire Department
  • Bank (Muamalat, Public, Commerce, Islam, Maybank, Rakyat, Persatuan,BSN)
  • Tabung Haji
  • Budi Penyayang Centre

Attractions[edit]

  • Largest paddy field in Penang State and second largest in Malaysia.
  • Kamloon Recreation Park - birdwatching, fishing, and tropical.
  • Malay Culture and Homestay
  • Hotel Seri Malaysia
  • Char Kuey Tiaw, Shrimp Noodles, Satay, Ketupat, Ais Kacang, and others.
  • Penang Golf Resort (with swimming pool, tennis court, event halls, food and beverage).
  • Kiosk@Bertam - open space of food court with free Wi-Fi
  • KFC
  • 7-11
  • Secret Recipe
  • Vision park (man-made retention pond, jogging track)
  • McDonalds
  • Nasi Arab Kepala Batas
  • Din Ikan Bakar
  • Puncak Mutiara Cafe & Restaurant
  • Pizza Hut
  • Perodua Service Centre
  • Sunshine Mall Bertam, Kepala Batas
  • Cineplex @ Sunshine Mall
  • Tesco Bertam, Kepala Batas (Under Construction)
  • Mydin Bertam, Kepala Batas
  • Le Marche Bistro @ Sunshine Bertam (Under Construction)
  • Guardian
  • Watson
  • The Chicken Rice Shop
  • Oldtown White Coffee

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 5°31′12″N 100°25′48″E / 5.52000°N 100.43000°E / 5.52000; 100.43000