It’s a bliss to live almost next door to Pulau Pangkor in the Malaysian state Perak! Pangkor fully deserves the name “Beautiful Island” as it is translated. Pangkor Island is a small island on the North West coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca. And I live only a few kilometers away in the little town of Sitiawan.
There is not much known about the origins of the inhabitants of Pangkor. The local inhabitants believed that the island was protected by the spirits, so they called Pulau Pangkor the Spirit Island.
Another name for Pulau Pangkor in the old days was Dinding, which means ‘screen’ or ‘partition’. This was in reference to the position of the island as it protects the mainland’s estuary.
Over the years the island was frequently visited by pirates who were roaming the seas around the island. They robbed boats in the Straits of Malacca and hide themselves on the hills on the island. The names of Batu Lanun meaning Pirates’ Cave and Batu Perompak meaning Pirates’ Rock echo the memory of the pirates.