36th Day

Posted On August 26, 2006

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PULAU PINANG,Penang, Pearl of the Orient
‘PEARL OF THE ORIENT’

Capital Georgetown
Governor Tun Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Rahman Haji Abbas
Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 1,468,800 (est): Malay 40.87%, Other Bumiputera 0.36%, Chinese 43.01%, Indian 10.2%, Others (0.42%), Non-citizens 5.32%

Religious breakdown (2000) Islam 44.2%, Buddhism 33.7%, Taoism/ Confucianism 8.8%, Hinduism 8.7%, Christianity 3.6%, Others 0.3%, No Religion 0.4%, Unknown 0.3% \

Incidence of Poverty (2004) 0.3%

The name “Pulau Pinang” translated literally from Malay means “betel nut island”. It is the only state in Malaysia where the Chinese are the majority.

Pulau Pinang was formerly a part of Kedah. The Sultan of Kedah gave it to British East India Company in 1786 in exchange for military protection. The arrival of Capt. Francis Light in 1786 also marked the beginning of British colonisation in the Malay Peninsula. The island was then renamed the Prince of Wales Island. It became a major trading port during the British era and was a free port until 1969.

PRAY
1. The ‘Pearl of the Orient’ may experience spiritual breakthrough and find ‘key’ to the Kingdom of God. [The state’s numerous religious sites reflect her people’s religiosity. Malaysia’s biggest statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, is located here.]
2. State government: Wisdom, integrity and good stewardship.
3. Against sense of self-sufficiency and materialism.
4. Uproot gangsterism, against immorality in the forms of prostitution and homosexual activities. [The roots of gangsterism dating back to Chinese triad activities during British rule.]
5. Wisdom and vigilance for the authorities in stamping out the drug trafficking. [The state’s drug addiction rate in 2005 is Malaysia’s highest with 6,403 reported cases, mostly in Georgetown, Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam.]
6. Healing from post-tsunami emotional pain and trauma.
7. Church: greater unity in vision, prayer and networking; kingdom agenda/mentality; passion & fire rekindled for Christ; wisdom and boldness in evangelism; effective marketplace ministry & youth outreach.

“Prayer is having a heart to heart talk with my Father in Heaven knowing that He
really cares” – Pr Sarah Teoh

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