A Few Key Local Words You’ll Need

Bahasa Melayu

Here is a short list of words you’ll see on signs in Penang, Malaysia.  Hopefully this will kick start some language learning for you.



Bandar–downtown area, city.  Equivalent to Indonesian “kota”


Gerai–eating stall or small restaurant

Jabatan–Office, e.g. Jabatan Pos means Post Office


Kedai–shop/store.  Equivalent to Indonesian “toko/warung”

KOMTAR–the hexagonal shapped skyscrapper in downtown Georgetown–key landmark.

Selekoh–tight turn, bend or curve in a road