After two successive hotel inspections in Penang, The Eastern & Oriental Hotel and Hotel Penaga, we finished ahead of schedule and had some time to kill so we swung by legendary Penang born multi-talented Malay entertainment icon’s birth home. It was closed when we got there but luckily for us the P. Ramlee House compound has low fences so I was able to take some pictures of the house and its surrounding with sufficient details to say I’ve been there.
Who is P. Ramlee? Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P. Ramlee, (March 22, 1929 – May 29, 1973) was a Malaysian film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. Due to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, he is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra (especially in Aceh due to his ancestry). — wikipedia
This nipah roofed house with wooden flooring was built by P. Ramlee’s father, Puteh bin Karim and his uncle, Rejab bin Hussain in 1926. This house was built using wood from the old house located at Lorong Yahudi, which was demolished to give way to the government quarters. His father then had it built at Caunter Hall (now known as Jalan P. Ramlee).
In 1948, his uncle renovated the house during the Japanese occupation. It is now restored by Malaysia National Archive, preserving its original design and structure. P. Ramlee was born in this house on 22 Mar 1929. He was brought to his parent’s house in Kg Jawa after 44 days when the confinement period is over. Nevertheless, he continued to visit this house every now and then until he left Penang for Singapore.