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Composition helps the student to express his views on what is happening in the world around him, besides expressing personal thoughts, feelings and experiences.

The scene at a Busy Port -- Penang

The Scene at a Busy Port

One of Malaysia's busiest ports is Pulau Pinang, the beautiful 'Pearl of the Orient', well known to tourists from all over the world. It is not only famous for its beauty and charm but is also renowned for its being an important port which is a hive of activities at most hours of the day. Lying on the western coast off Peninsular Malaysia, the island is the stop-over point for numerous ocean-going liners and cargo vessels.

The scene in the morning is a noisy and busy one at the port. There is bustling activity as you look towards the blue-green sea, sparkling in the morning sunlight. Boats of all sizes and shapes ranging from bobbing sampans, Chinese junks, lighters to small launches, ply and cut their way across the waters, churning up white foam. There is a lot of loading and unloading going on. Tiny, fishing boats can be seen scattered in the distance.

Then, visible too are the ferries that ply between the island and the mainland. These are often packed with passengers and vehicles. Shrill sirens from the vessels can be heard as they leave or arrive at George Town on the island. The larger ocean-going vessels are found at the deeper end of the port. Here is another bustling scene throughout the day.

     
a hive of activity   a place where a lot of people working very hard
     
bustling   doing things in a hurried and busy way
     
churn up to move violent, mixing liquid with great force
     
 
 
 

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