Second Penang Bridge now open

We are pleased to announce that the second Penang bridge was opened on 1st March with the total length of the bridge being 24km (15miles) with 16.9km (10.5 miles) over water, making it the longest bridge in Malaysia and the longest in Southeast Asia.

Dignitaries on the opening night of the second Penang bridge
The opening ceremony of the bridge on the evening of the 1st March 2014 was marked by a majestic firework display.

The bridge was officially named the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge after the fourteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah. The opening ceremony of the bridge was held on Saturday 1st March 2014 at 8:30pm and was opened by the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak. His predecessor, the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, was also in attendence. At midnight on Sunday 2nd March 2014, the bridge was open to traffic after the official opening ceremony.

Dr Kamarudin Ab-Malek, TARRC's CEO was at the opening ceremony and said, 'TARRC is honoured to have played its part in the construction of this monumental structure. To see the bridge open for cars to cross fills me with great admiration for all the hard work that has gone into constructing such a landmark. TARRC's engineers, along with our colleagues at the MRB, worked tirelessly in the design and testing of the seismic rubber bearing technology to provide the maximum protection to the bridge from earthquakes'.

Dignitaries on the opening night of the second Penang bridge which is now open
Left: Dignitaries at the opening ceremony. Middle: Dr Kamarudin Ab-Malek with Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad, DG of the MRB. Right: The bridge is now open to the public to drive across and links Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on Penang Island.

TARRC provided the supervision and technical aid in the manufacturing and testing of the high damping rubber bearings in the construction of the bridge. The high damping natural rubber bearings can withstand earthquake tremors up to 7.5 on the Richter scale. The rubber bearings were produced by a Malaysian manufacturer of rubber products and more than 2000 rubber bearings are used on the bridge. The bridge, which began construction in November 2008, took 5 years and 4 months to complete.

Dr Kamarudin Ab-Malek has published a book, 'From Pelham to Penang', to mark the completion of the bridge. The book tells the story of the development of the groundbreaking technology that is now used to protect buildings and their contents from damage from earthquakes all over the world. It describes the various scientific and technological studies related to natural rubber-bonded steel laminate bearings and their engineering use in bridges and buildings that have been carried out over the last 55 years by TARRC and the MRB. All the dignitaries at the opening of the second Penang bridge received a copy of the book, including the Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

To buy a copy of the 'From Pelham to Penang - Natural Rubber Bearings For Civil Engineering' book, please contact Trudie Rawlings on +44 (0)1992 584966 or email


18th March 2014
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