April 01, 2010 — Paya Terubong is a working-class neighbourhood in the central part of Penang Island. Located at the heart of Penang Island, to the south of Air Itam, Paya Terubong is surrounded by hill ranges. The main road through this neighbourhood is Jalan Paya Terubong, which links Air Itam tothe north with Relau on the lowlands to the south.
Until the mid 1970's, Paya Terubong was still very much undeveloped, with most of its inhabitants being farmers working the hill slopes.
As scarcity of land in Penang becomes more pressing, the hill slopes in Paya Terubong began to be cleared for residential development since the beginning of the 1980's. The result is one of the most densely populated high rise apartments in Penang. The majority of the population here are the working class wage earners living in low cost and low-medium cost apartments.
Due to poor management, most of the flats and apartments located at this area are in a sorry state. Many lifts are damaged and has resulted to residents walking up and down the flats. Adun Paya Terubong, Yeoh Soon Hin speaks to CJ Jimmy Leow about his plans to solve this outstanding issue.
Video by JImmy Leow Beng Hock, Citizen Journalist