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Speech of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at SOCDEM Asia Conference on Lessons and Best Practices in Governance

The George Town Conurbation (GTC) consists of the highly urbanised Penang Island, Seberang Perai, Sungai Petani, Kulim and the surrounding areas (see map). With a population of 1.6 million according to the National Cencus in 2000, it was the second-largest metropolitan area in Malaysia after the Kuala Lumpur conurbation (Klang Valley), which had a population of 4.9 million. Johor Bahru had 1.5 million. The population of the GTC is now estimated more than 2 million.

A conurbation is defined as “an urban area that encompasses several cities or towns physically agglomerated and forming a built up area through population growth”.

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