Absorbing the Ambience of the Peninsular North by Train

loading Masjid Zahir remains imposing after a century.

THERE IS SOMETHING romantic about railways. In Penangite Wan Phing Lim’s essay, Slowly, Slowly into the Night, she documented her journey from Johor to Butterworth, clattering through a cross-section of the peninsula. For Lim, the far north remained out of reach. But now the electrified Komuter Northern Sector stretches from Padang Rengas in Perak all the way to the Thai border. Having the chance she did not have, I caught the commuter at its terminus, sitting back as the train raced north. History and the City Wind turbine and mosque at the coast of Kuala Perlis. The Alor Setar Tower dominates the skyline ...

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