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Powerd By : NorthPony
Pulau Jerejak


     The name - Pulau Jerejak, was given by fisherman who lived on the island. This 362ha island is located between the Penang Main Island and Seberang Prai. It's an island rich with history, flora and fauna. Long before it gained its alias as the Alcatraz of Malaysia, because of the Jerejak Prison.

     The island was used as a quarantine centre. The story start with in order to stimulate the growth of Penang, Francis Light allowed immigrants to claim whatever they could clear thus causing Penang to be flooded with immigrants. As a precaution, the immigrants were sent to Pulau Jerejak for health inspection first. In the year 1910, Pulau Jerejak was a health quarantine centre for immigrants before going to the main island. After the health check passed, they were sent to Penang working. During the late 1930's, the British Empire built a hospital for patients with Tuberculosis that could house 150 patients at one time. This was located at the eastern part of the island.

     It also acts as a penal colony, The Jerejak Rehabilitation Centre operated from 12 June 1969 to August 1993 with its batch of prisoners. This first batch consisted of those detained during the 13th May 1969 race riots. In it's one and only internal riot incident in 1981, the incident was caused by the dissatisfaction of decision to lengthen the service period of prisoners. Then the centre was rampaged when about 100 prisoners rioted in the prison, destroying several buildings.

     The following years, saw an upsurge in drug related convictions that resulted in the highest number of detainees in Jerejak, 982 to be exact. As a security measure, fishermen from nearby island were given strict instructions to keep a distance of 200 metres from the beach area of Jerejak. However, some of the prisoners still managed to plan a getaway.

     In its course of closing down the prison, 900 detainees were transferred to prisons in Johor. The first transfer involved 100 detainees whom were sent to Muar Prison, Johor. Then, the following were transfered in groups of about 60 detainees and all placed at the Simpang Ranggam Prison, Johor. The last group left on 13 August 1993.

     Nowadays, there's a beautiful resort called "Jerejak Resort & Spa" on the island. It's very quiet and you can relax all day. In the daytime you can go visit the main island of Penang or you can do outdoor activities on Jerejak. In the evening you can't do much on Pulau Jerejak, because there a no roads or villages.

 PROGRAMMES:
• Team-Building Programmes [Team-Building Park]
• Company Outings
• Telematch Games
• Survival Courses
• Children Summer Camp
• Nature & Historical Trekking

LOW ELEMENT ACTIVITIES:
• Rock / Wall Climbing
• Abseiling / Rappelling
• Wire Obstacles
• Archery 



 HIGH ELEMENT ACTIVITIES:
• Flying Fox
• Suspension Bridge



 OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
• Guided Jungle Trekking
• Hiking
• Mountain Biking Trails
• Paint Ball War Games
• Water Polo
• Beach Soccer / Volleyball / Netball


Flora in Pulau Jerejak 
Jerejak, an island covered with thick coastal forest ageing approximately 4,000 years hosts about 210 species and 71 families of plants. Many types of plant communities can be found here, the main ones are Dipterocarp, Mangrove, Revine Coastel and Weedy species.

Fauna in Pulau Jerejak
Besides the wide range of flora available on the island, there are also a variety of fauna species on Jerejak. Among the 39 animal species here are White Bellied Sea Eagles. Monitor Lizards and Long Tailed Macaques.


Marine Life
There is not many exotic fish in the Jerejak Sea. However, common fish such as Kerupa and Kembong inhabits it. There are popular among fisherman nearby the island, as these fish are the types most commonly eaten by Malaysians.

Another common fish species that we often hear of is the jelly fish. Jellyfish are eating animal that float in the sea. Their body is soft and long with stinging poisonous tentacles that they usually use to catch fish. Venom is sent through stinging cell called nematocysts.

 

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