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I am confused !!!

What is correct ?

From Wikipedia :-

Cities of Malaysia
The following is a list of places in Malaysia in order by the date they were granted city status.
George Town (1 January 1957) or 1952?
Kuala Lumpur (1 February 1972)
Ipoh (27 May 1988)
Kuching (1 August 1988)
Johor Bahru (1 January 1994)
Kota Kinabalu (2 February 2000)
Shah Alam (10 October 2000)
Malacca City (15 April 2003)
Alor Setar (21 December 2003)
Miri (20 May 2005)
Petaling Jaya (20 June 2006)
Kuala Terengganu (1 January 2008)
Penang Island (1 January 2015)

So George Town is always a City? However the year of 1957 is wrong as it is 1952!

From Wikipedia:-
George Town became a city on 1 January 1957 by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the first town in the Federation of Malaya to become a city (Singapore became a city in 1951). However, local government elections were abolished by the federal government in 1965, and the functions of the City Council were transferred to the Chief Minister of Penang in 1966. A Municipal Council for the whole of Penang island was set up in 1974-6.
Although the city status of George Town was never officially revoked, it is now questionable whether George Town exists as a corporate entity, let alone as a city. This is similar to the position of the former city of Rochester in England, the site of England’s second-oldest cathedral, which had been a city from 1211 until 1998, when it was merged with a neighbouring borough. As the new council was not granted city status, and the city through oversight failed to appoint charter trustees to inherit the city charter, the city ceased to exist.
This view has been supported by both the state and federal governments, but is disagreed with by some local residents, who hold that as Penang’s city status has never been revoked it remains a city to this day. As city status is a matter of law, the actual legal position will depend on an analysis of the City Council of Penang (Transfer of Functions) Order 1966 and the Local Government Act 1976.
Penang Island has finally been granted city status in 2015 after approval from the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry on 7 November 2014. This comes after the Penang state government’s application to upgrade the Penang Island Municipal Council to Penang Island City Council. [1]

Main article:
List of cities and towns in Malaysia by population
See also: Demographics of Malaysia § Major cities

Kuala Lumpur is by far the largest urban area as well as the largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Penang is the second largest city and urban area in Malaysia as well as second largest metropolitan in Malaysia while Johor Bahru is the third largest metropolitan in Malaysia. Other major cities with a population of more than 500,000 include Ipoh, Kajang, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu. The following table shows the largest populated area within a local government area.
Largest cities of Malaysia (2010) except George Town, Penang hass mysteriously disappeared

Rank City State Population
1 Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory 1,475,337
2 Johor Bahru Johor 916,409
3 Ipoh Perak 704,572
4 Shah Alam Selangor 671,282
5 Petaling Jaya Selangor 638,516
6 Kuching Sarawak 617,887
7 Kota Kinabalu Sabah 462,963
8 Kuala Terengganu Terengganu 343,284
9 Malacca City Malacca 331,790
10 Alor Setar Kedah 295,624

City today gone tomorrow. Now in 2015, Penang Island is a City again. I am going through my photo archives to get a photograph of the Queen’s Proclaimation of George Town as a City in 1952 and not 1957!

SP Lim


Posted April 3, 2015 by lspeng1951 in Photography

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