𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐮𝐧 𝐃𝐫 𝐋𝐢𝐦 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐄𝐮 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐣𝐨𝐛𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐠’𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞?
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑙𝑑-𝑓𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑗𝑜𝑏 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑦 𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑚𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑤, 𝑐𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑠.
During the late 1960s [when Penang lost its free port status], Penang’s unemployment rate reached 15%, nearly twice the national average. After the 1969 elections, the new state government took the Nathan Report as a blueprint for action and embarked on an industrialization drive that would transform the state’s economic and social structure. The state government sought to promote labour intensive manufacturing to diversify the economy and to reduce unemployment.¹
Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu. photo credit: Penang Monthly
Large tracts of land were set aside to create two free trade zones and new townships. On the island, it is the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone and the township of Bayan Baru. Companies such as National Semiconductors, AMD, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Hitachi and Bosch set up factories in the industrial zone. ²
The parking attendants used to issue paper parking tickets. Photo credit: The Daily Roar.
A receipt after payment is made. Photo credit: The Daily Roar.
To prepare the manpower for the new manufacturing economy and to reduce the unemployment rate, Lim Chong Eu (who was then Chief Minister of Penang from 1969 to 1990) employed unemployed youth as parking attendants, requiring that they spend four hours per day on the streets and the other four in a skill-training centre at 57 Jalan Macalister. At the skill-training centre, they were taught to acquire hands-on skills for jobs – such as cleaners, technicians and mechanics in the carpentering, moulding, machining, toolmaking and repairing, and electrical servicing fields. The programme also provided them training on the maintenance, repair and making of electronic equipment.¹ ² These youths were among the first to be employed by the electronics sector.¹ Interestingly, they were also trained to learn how to respect their elders and their fellow workers.³
57 Jalan Macalister where parking attendants were trained. It is now Penang State Museum. Photo Credit: Penang State Museum.
Left to Right: Meter Parking, Coupon system, and now app. Photo credit: Penang Travel Tips and The Star.
Lim passed away in 2010 at the age of 91. The 17.84km stretch of highway from Weld Quay to Batu Maung to Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu in November 2010 to honour him.
Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu passed away in 2010. Photo credit: http://thanhsiang.org/en/content/lim-chong-eu-tribute
Photo credit: The Star
𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕? 𝑯𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕! ❤️🔥
Sources:  Pilot Studies for a New Penang, edited by Ooi Kee Beng, Goh Ban Lee  https://www.thesundaily.my/.../remembering-tun-dr-lim...  http://library.wou.edu.my/vertical/vf2011-1.pdf