The country is home to a rich cultural tradition, with Penang hosting its own annual festival of penang, which celebrates the city’s colourful history.
But even though the city hosts a number of traditional celebrations, such as the Penang National Day celebrations and the Penan Rakyat Memorial Day celebrations, most of the hotels and restaurants in Penang are now exclusively open to foreign guests.
The biggest change is in Penan City, home to the country’s largest Chinese community, which has welcomed more than 7,000 foreign nationals over the past decade.
It now hosts almost 2,000 visitors a month.
The new policies on foreigners In 2016, the Government of Penang announced changes to the immigration policies to allow foreigners to come and work in Penamar, Penang City, and the capital.
Foreigners will be able to work in the Penamarcas National Park and the new Penang-Kuala Lumpur airport.
The change was announced in May 2016, and came into effect in November.
But many Penang residents are concerned about the new policies, as many locals have expressed reservations about foreigners coming to their city.
According to the 2016 Census, Penan had around 23,000 foreigners in the workforce, while Penang’s unemployment rate was around 9.3%.
In order to help address the issue, the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) announced the Penagian Bazaar in September last year, which will be open to non-Chinese foreigners who want to take advantage of the local food and culture.
The Bazaar will also offer special food offerings to foreigners.
“The Bazaar has been a big hit with foreigners and locals alike,” said Mokwem Llam, the head of the Bazaar, during a press conference.
“We have already seen huge success.
We are now in the process of building up another Bazaar.”
But many residents are worried that the Bazaars will be overrun with foreigners.
Llam said they were confident the Bazar will remain open to the public, and that the new policy will help ease the pressure.
“If we are going to have foreigners come in to the Banners we need to make it as inclusive as possible,” said Llam.
“I am confident the new Banners will be the safest place to do business.”
The Penang Bazaar is open to all, and foreigners will be allowed to visit the Bazi Bazar and Bazi Kengal.
Foreigner jobs are also being encouraged, with the new DIMA guidelines encouraging foreigners to start work as “foreigners in service”.
Foreigners who are in a job in the airport, hotel or restaurant can also apply for jobs in the local community.
The DIMAs rules also allow foreigners who have a job with a Chinese employer to be granted a residence permit, which can help ease local tensions.
“Foreigners who work for a Chinese company or an employer in Penangan are required to register with the Immigration Department and present their work-related documents.
If they are successful, they will be granted residence permits and a work permit,” said Penang Mayor and DIMS Commissioner Heng Swee.
“This is a very positive step in the right direction, but the process for obtaining residence permits needs to be more streamlined.”
The new rules will also help ease Penangs concerns about Chinese influence in Penans economy.
“Our businesses are going through the process now to find new opportunities, but it is a concern for the people in Penarang,” said Wang Shih, the owner of a restaurant in Penakadar.
“They are afraid they will lose their jobs and be forced to return home to Penang.
The Penagians are very sensitive about China, but we are not going to lose our business.”
Another local business owner, Li Zhiming, said his business has experienced an influx of Chinese visitors in the past few years, adding that Chinese tourists are a big draw for the local businesses.
“A lot of Chinese tourists come to Penaragadar to eat, drink and shop.
They come to look for work, and they also come to shop,” said Li.
“It is very difficult for us to keep up with all these visitors.”