At least, that is what we told ourselves as the situation deteriorated and swarms of subdead moved steadily closer to Penang.
Every night their corpses stacked higher in Penang's streets and hospitals and makeshift refugee camps.
Penang island, the last human refuge, was their only target now.
And what I might discover is what keeps me rooted to the island of Penang.
There were still quite a few living humans left in Penang, fighting bravely as wave after wave of subdead rose from the sea.
Several of these Penang lawyers were sold by the convicts on the spot, and many more were exported to Europe and America.
The authorities at Penang had a double reason for their opposition.
This tree is always in bearing at Penang, giving annually several voluntary crops, and receiving no artificial cultivation.
In Penang a certain number of these trees are not permitted to bear fruit.
After leaving Singapore we looked in at Penang, where we had time to inspect a famous Chinese temple.