Anyone from the 70’s Penang would have known what the term ‘Hala Hala’ means.
‘Hala Hala’ is coined by the locals to describe those broomshaped-cut fashionable
pants known elsewhere as bell-bottoms. To imagine how it looks like, the most
vivid images that came to mind was hip swaying ‘Elvis Presley’ and ‘Englebert
Humperdinck’, each wearing a pair with ‘side-burns’ to match not forgetting ‘The
Osmond Brothers’ and ‘Abba’. The ‘Hala Hala’ era was also an era of jeans and to get
one a nice pair of ‘Hala Hala’ jeans, the most respected shop to be seen buying a
pair was ‘Pitchay Gunny’ situated along Penang Road. They were the exclusive
dealers of Saddle King, Lee and Levis Jeans. As fashion evolves, the preference
for looser jeans at the thighs came by as ‘Hala Hala’ gave way to ‘Baggy’.