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Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island)
Pulau Tikus
Residential Suburb
Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island) is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island)
Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island)
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Coordinates: 5°25′0″N 100°18′0″E / 5.41667°N 100.30000°E / 5.41667; 100.30000
Country Malaysia
State Penang
District Northeast Penang Island
 • Local Government Penang Island City Council (MBPP)
 • Penang Island City Mayor Dato' Patahiyah binti Ismail
 • Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Zairil Khir Johari (DAP)
 • Pulau Tikus State Assemblyman Yap Soo Huey (DAP)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postal code 10250 - 10350
International dialling code prefix +604 (landline only)
Website www.mppp.gov.my

Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island) is a suburb in George Town city in Penang Island, Malaysia. This upper class residential neighbourhood is named after the actual Pulau Tikus (Tikus island) which is a rocky outcrop 2 km off the northeast coast of Penang Island, just opposite Tanjung Tokong. This particular island is shaped like a mouse and is believed to be infested with rats.[2]


Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island) proper starts near the junction of Burmah Road with Edgecumbe Road, and ends just before the Bagan Jermal junction. Burmah Road forms the main artery through Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island), with the heart of town at the intersection of Burmah Road with Cantonment Road.[3]

Places of Interest[edit]

The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, spent his retirement years in Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island), in a house on the former Ayer Rajah Road now renamed Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman after him.

A sharp contrast to the heritage along the same road include high-end commercial buildings such as the Burmah House and Bellisa Row, the latter a favourite hangout at night with outlets like the dance club Bed Cafe & Lounge, bistro Segafredo Zanetti Espresso and café The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

There are also numerous Buddhist and Taoist temples, with the more famous ones being the Wat Chaiya Mangalaram ( Reclining Buddha Temple ) built in Burma Line in 1845, the 203-year-old Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple just opposite, and the Buppharam Buddhist Temple in Perak Road .

Retail shops are easily accessible in Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island). Businesses tend to be concentrated around Gurney Drive (Persiaran Gurney) and Kelawai Road (Jalan Kelawai) - where the two higher-end shopping malls and independent boutiques are located - as well as Burma Road (Jalan Burmah).

Whether you want to go shopping at a mall or at your local shop, go for some recreational activities at Youth Park or the Botanic Gardens, or just sit by the water at Gurney Drive (Persiaran Gurney) and relax, it is all here.

In Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island), you can drive along roads lined with palm trees such as Peel Avenue, which marks its south west border, and Codrington Avenue .

Burmah Road, which runs through the centre of Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island), boasts many pre-war shophouses and heritage buildings, including the 195-year-old Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island)it has a fair share of mansions, bungalows and colonial buildings, high-rise condominiums (such as those in Gurney Drive) as well as many first class international hotels and resorts.

The most scenic part of Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island) is the east coast of Gurney Drive, a tourist attraction with its long stretch of seafront promenade. Anyway, Gurney Drive area, a part of Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island), is one of the upmarket areas of Penang.

There are also restaurants and coffee shops, pubs, hotels and condominiums, and the popular shopping centers Gurney Plaza & Gurney Paragon (shopping centers), which is a favourite haunt among many shoppers alike. There is also the Midlands Park Centre along Burmah Road and the Bandar Baru Air Itam Supermarket in the commercial Plaza Axis in Cantonment Road. In Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island) there are also 3 Japanese Grocery stores Fujiya Mini Mart along Burma Road (Jalan Burma),the second one is Meijiya Enterprise along Kelawai Road (Jalan Kelawai) the third Shin Taima Trading is on Lintang Burma. [4]

Food and Culture[edit]

Pulau Tikus (Tikus Island) is also a heaven for food lovers. There is a popular char koay teow stall at the Sin Hwa Coffee Shop opposite the Pulau Tikus police station along Burmah Road. The curry mee next to Hong Leong Bank at the junction of Jalan Kucing and Burmah Road is the best I have tasted.

There is one famous mee goreng stall at the junction of Burmah Road and Bangkok Lane, and several nasi kandar stalls and restaurants along Burmah Road, such as Kassim Mustafa.

There are also delicious cakes available at Maxim Cake House in the next block of shophouses, and nearby Jenni’s Homemade Cakes, Bonjour Trading and Bakery in Cantonment Road.

Besides that, there is also the Haagen Daz outlet in Bellisa Row with Baskin Robbins across the road. Furthermore, there is the Iceice Baby restaurant along that same row with a wide range of desserts.

At the Pulau Tikus wet market in the mornings, regulars seeking a refreshing drink at a hawker stall selling soya bean milk and soya bean curd. Just outside the market, there is a stall selling Chinese pancake in the original plain style sprinkled with sugar and nuts. In the evenings, the hawker stalls near the market come alive with a wide variety of tasty local fare. One can enjoy char koay teow, hokkien mee, satay, popiah, wantan mee, koay teow thing, nasi lemak, curry mee, roti canai and wide variety of nyonya kueh at reasonable prices. Parking is available if one does not mind some walking after a good meal.[5]