All About Malaysia & Destinations
Datang Ke Malaysia!
The heart of South-East Asia, Malaysia's call
is irresistible. It's economical, it's fascinating. Its
geography is wild and the people are friendly. Contradictions
co-exist, the idyllic and the modern, skyscrapers and heritage
buildings, cosmopolitan and ethnic, multi-cultural yet religious.
Malaysia has two physical segments.
Peninsular Malaysia has Thailand in the north and Singapore
in the south. East Malaysia comprises of Sabah and Sarawak
States in the north-west of Borneo. The two are separated
by South China Sea. The Malaysian federation has 13 States.
Capital Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it's is commonly called,
and Labuan are federal territories.
The climate is tropical. The temperature
ranges from 21 deg C to 32 deg C. In the Highlands, it can
be still cooler. November to February is rainy season in
the east coast of the peninsula, May to September in the
west coast. The population is multi-racial.
The Malays constitute 57 per cent, Chinese,
Indian and other groups constitute the rest of the population.
The Portuguese, Dutch and the British also contributed to
the diversity of Malaysia's cultural heritage. Bahasa Melayu
is the national language. Islam is the official religion.
Other religions are also followed. The national flag has
14 stripes: 13 representing the States and one for
the two federal territories of KL and Labuan. The
crescent represents the official religion. Ringgit (RM)
is the currency. The standard time is 8 hours ahead
of GMT. Petroleum, palm oil and rubber form the backbone
of Malaysian economy.
The tourist attractions are wide-ranging:
Unique arts and crafts, dance forms, cuisine, historical
traditions, fascinating natural scenes, architecture, primeval
rain forests, eerie and mystical caves, golden beaches,
orang-utans, tropical greenery, cascading rapids, waterfalls,
virgin forests and fabled mountains. There are facilities
for trekking, white-water rafting, snorkeling, cave exploration,
mountaineering, bird-watching and what not.
Do's & Dont's:-
Remove shoes before entering a Malaysian home or place
must politely accept drinks offered;
is not a common practice because Muslims do not take alcoholic
your right hand while giving or receiving anything;
right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects
or persons. The thumb of the right hand with the four
fingers folded under is the preferred manner;
greet each other by handshake. But the traditional greeting
(salam) involves the stretching out of both arms and only
lightly touching the other man's outstretched hands and
bringing one's hands to one's chest so as to convey that
"I greet you from my heart"." The visitor reciprocates
simultaneously. In case of women, go for handshake only
if she offers her hand first.
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From the Web
|Panda cub can be viewed by public at Malaysian zoo next month|
KUALA LUMPUR: The public can view the female panda cub born to giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang in a few weeks. Preparations are being made by the
zoo, according to National Zoo deputy president Rosli Ahmat Lana. "Liang Liang
(mother panda) is now able to let go of her baby for an hour a day in the isolation
room. It will be increased to a minimum of two hours daily to prepare the cub for
public viewing," he told Bernama. The cub is now two months old and healthy,
weighing 5 kg. The baby panda was born on Aug 18 at the Giant Panda
Conservation Centre (GPCC) at the National Zoo.
|Thousands join Islamic new year celebration in Kuala Lumpur |
LUMPUR: Over 50,000 people attended the national level Maal Hijrah procession in the
city n Wednesday to mark the start of the new year in the Islamic calendar.
Participants were clad in traditional baju melayu and baju kurung. They gathered at
various places like Dataran Merdeka, Padang Merbok, Muzium Negara, Masjid Jamek,
Islamic Art Museum and Masjid Wilayah and proceeded to Masjid Negara in
processions. Government departments, private sector, non-governmental
organisations and the public took part in the procession.
|Storm, rough sea warning to revellers, tourists on Sabah coasts |
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meterological Department (MetMalaysia) on
Wednesday issued a first-category warning of strong winds and rough seas over the
waters of Sabah (Sandakan, Kudat, West Coast and Interior) and Labuan starting from
Oct 16 to 20. A met statement said that strong south-westerly winds could reach up
to 40 kmph to 50 kmph with waves rising as high as 3.5 metres. It warned, "These
conditions are dangerous to small craft, recreational sea activities and sea sports."
The same situation is also expected to occur over the waters off Condore, Reef North,
Layang-layang and Sulu, it added. |