The Chinese are back as the majority, overtaking the Malays as the largest community in Penang with them accounting for 42.9% of the state's population last year, 2.2% more than the Malays. - theStar
We should also compare the Per Capita GDP of Malays, Chinese and Indians in Penang, particularly on the island. I believe the gap there is widening even further. That is why a lot of Malays are being priced out of the island side of the State. I think this time the trend is quite irreversible in Penang, mainly because land is at such a high premium there. The Malays will become even lesser in numbers.