When the bells were sounded in the past, it indicated a celebration or a funeral. The bells were also used to inform residents of some news or announcements. The times and duration the bells were sounded carried different meanings.
From an agricultural village, it transformed into the second largest furniture city of the country after Muar in Johor within less than 20 years, enabling our country to be ranked one of the world's top ten furniture exporting countries.
Walking into the Little India of Penang, you are bound to be charmed by the powerful aroma of Indian incense, the colorful garments and accessories, authentic Indian cuisine cooked with generous amounts of spices and the blaring Indian pop songs blasting from the loudspeakers.
Today, many buildings in Bandar Baru have been converted into swiftlet farms. While Parit Buntar, located at the other side of the river, is in its heyday, Bandar Baru is gradually declining and has almost been forgotten.
A local Arowana farming company's managing director Oto Lee said that the craze for Arowana started in 2006 to 2010. However, excessive investment had led to excessive production, causing oversupply in the market and the prices plunged. The industry was greatly hit, particularly in recent years.