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|District||Central Seberang Perai|
|• Local government||Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai
(Seberang Perai Municipal Council)
|• Tuan Yang DiPertua MPSP||Maimunah binti Mohd. Sharif|
|• Member of Parliament||Steven Sim Chee Keong|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC)|
|International dialling cod e prefix||+6045 (landline only)|
The town of Bukit Mertajam is named after the nearby hill with the highest peak at 547m above sea level. The hill is named after the Mertajam tree (Lepisanthes rubiginosa). It is a tree with white flowers that can grow up to 5-12m tall. [better source needed]
It is located in Central Seberang Perai, in the state of Penang, with Butterworth to the northwest, Penanti to the north, Simpang Ampat to the south and Kulim to the east, and Perai to the west. The town is located about 9 km to the east of the coastline and about 336 km north of Kuala Lumpur.
- North-South Expressway connects the town to major cities in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur and Alor Setar via the Juru and Prai interchange.
- Butterworth-Kulim Expressway connects the town via the Permatang Nibong interchange.
- Penang Bridge connects the town to George Town, Penang in Penang island.
- The Bukit Mertajam railway station serves the residents of the town which connects the north and south of the Malay Peninsula.
- Rapid Penang Sdn. Bhd. provides bus services starting from July 31, 2007.
- Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - Malaysian politician who served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2009
- Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim - Malaysian politician who served as the Deputy Prime Minister from 1993 to 1998, currently Leader of the Opposition
- Johan Asari - Malaysian actor
- Datuk Lee Chong Wei - Malaysian badminton player, silver medalist in 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics
- Steven Sim - current Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam constituency
- Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee (1913 - 2002) - Penang's first Chief Minister
An uphill track leading to a secondary jungle at the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest in Cherok Tok Kun.
Panoramic view of Seberang Perai and Penang Island from Vivekavana (Solitude Grove) in Berapit Hill.
- "Malaysia: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- Bukit Mertajam
- "The North South Expressway".