Pearl of the Orient
The population of Penang is around 1.2 million, more than half of whom live on Penang Island. The population in Penang is multi-racial and young. It is the only state in Malaysia where the ethnic Chinese are the majority. The official religion in Penang is Islam, but whilst approximately 55% of Penangites are Muslim, 17% are Buddhist, 12% Taoist, 7% Christian, 7% Hindu and 2% Animist/Other. Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language. Other languages include Chinese, Tamil and Iban. English is widely spoken in Penang.