Bukit Mertajam is the
capital of Central Seberang Perai,
Penang, Malaysia. It is commonly known
as BM among its locals. It is located nearby Kulim,
administered by the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran
Seberang Perai or MPSP in Malay). MPSP is one of the few municipal
councils in Malaysia which administers more than one district. MPSP
administers all three districts on mainland Penang (also known as Province
Wellesley), that is, North, Central and South Seberang Perai.
Bukit Mertajam is a fast-growing town in the Central Seberang Perai
district. Due to outward expansion, Bukit Mertajam is increasingly
conjoined with other subdivisions, forming an increasingly urbanised area.
There is a government general hospital in Bukit Mertajam, known as
Bukit Mertajam Hospital, in the old town of Bukit Mertajam. Nearby the hospital,
there is also an old but still in use KTM railway station.
historical St. Anne's Church is situated in Bukit Mertajam. The original
chapel was built in 1846, by the French priest, Father Adolphe Couellan.
The chapel was dedicated to Saint Anne, who is a very popular patron saint
amongst the French.
Bukit Mertajam High School (established 18 January, 1927) is one of the
oldest schools in Malaysia. BM High School is also the alma mater of
figures such as the fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and
former Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim.