Sungai Ara

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Sungai Ara
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 新港
 • Hokkien sìn kang
Skyline of Sungai Ara
Sungai Ara is located in Penang
Sungai Ara
Sungai Ara
Coordinates: 5°19′26.634″N 100°16′18.66″E / 5.32406500°N 100.2718500°E / 5.32406500; 100.2718500Coordinates: 5°19′26.634″N 100°16′18.66″E / 5.32406500°N 100.2718500°E / 5.32406500; 100.2718500
Country  Malaysia
State  Penang
District Southwest Penang Island
 • Local government Penang Island City Council
 • Mayor of Penang Island Yew Tung Seang
 • Batu Maung State Assemblyman Abdul Malik bin Abdul Kassim (PKR)
 • Bayan Baru Member of Parliament Sim Tze Tzin (PKR)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postal code 11900

Sungai Ara is a residential neighbourhood in the Southwest Penang Island District, Penang, Malaysia. It lies next to Bayan Lepas, and borders Relau to the north and Bayan Baru to the east.


Sungai Ara literally means 'fig river' in Malay; it was named after an eponymous river which flows through the area.[1][2][3]


Residential properties at Sungai Ara

Sungai Ara was formerly an agricultural area; to this day, the original village of Sungai Ara still stands at the intersection of Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim and Jalan Tengah.[1][3] The development of Sungai Ara into a residential township only began in the late 20th century, following the creation of the adjacent Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone in the 1970s.


Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim and Jalan Tengah are the main thoroughfares within the neighbourhood.[1][3] The former road was once known as Jalan Sungai Ara; the road was then renamed after a well-known Malaysian Quran reciter.[3]

Rapid Penang bus routes 301, 302, 306 and 308 include stops within Sungai Ara, connecting the neighbourhood with various destinations, including Penang's capital city of George Town, the Penang International Airport, Bayan Lepas, Bayan Baru, Queensbay Mall, SPICE Arena and Teluk Kumbar.[4][5][6][7]


Sungai Ara is served by four primary schools and a single high school.

Primary schools

  • SRK Mutiara Perdana[8]
  • SRK Sungai Ara[9]
  • SRJK (C) Chong Cheng[10]
  • SRJK (T) Sungai Ara[11]

High school

  • SMK Sungai Ara[12]

See also[edit]