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Penang (Malaysia)

Negeri Pulau Pinang 'Mutiara Timur', State of Penang Island 'Pearl of the Orient'

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[Penang (Malaysia)] 1:2
by Clay Moss, modified by António Martins

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Penang has the only vertically divided flag in Malaysia: (light) blue - white - yellow with a palm tree in the middle.

Jaume Ollé, 14 January 1996

The flag is a tricolour consisting of vertical stripes of equal width of light blue (at the hoist), white and yellow; on the central (white) stripe is an areca nut palm (known in Malay as pokok pinang) on a mount. Light blue signifies the sea which surrounds the island. The white represents the State itself in its serenity. The yellow signifies prosperity. The betelnut (or areca nut) tree is the tree from which the island takes its name.

There is no sultan of this state as it was once a component part of the British Straits Settlements.

Tom W. Koh, 14 May 1997

The tree in the middle of the flag is the pinang tree which is the state tree of Penang. The Malay word for Penang is Pulau Pinang or Pinang Island.

Giuseppe Bottasini, 13 August 1997

Blue-white torse under the palm tree

Should the palm tree have a blue and white heraldic wreath [torse] under it?

Andrew Yong, 7 April 1999

If you look at the image there you will see that the bottom of the green mound is cut as if there used to be a torse there. I sometimes see flags with the wreath/torse: I wonder when it was officially removed, or if the flags with wreaths are mistakes.

Andrew Yong, 8 April 1999

Probably 95% of all flags are manufactured without the torse, but there are still a few old timers who continue to illustrate it.

Clay Moss, 9 February 2005