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Kedah, alongwith neighbouring Perlis, is known
as the rice bowl of Malaysia. Alor Setar is the Capital.
This town has many old buildings. Balai Besar, a wooden
edifice built in 1898, and Zahir mosque, one of the best
in the country, are some such buildings. The Royal Museum
houses Kedah's cultural heritage. Another attraction of
Alor Setar is Pekan Rabu Bazar where one can shop for handicrafts.
One can as well taste dodol, a popular Malay sweetmeat.
Towards south is Pata Merdeka, a picnic spot. So also Pedu
Lake, a worthwhile retreat. Gunung Jerai is a hill resot.
Relics pointing to Hindu-Buddhist influence dating to 4th
century AD have been discovered from Bujang valley at Gunung
LANGKAWI: Kedah's most famous , and
known worldover, destination is the legendary Langkawi, a group of 99 islands. It is wellknown for its natural scenes and legends. It has
a free port and is a good shopping centre. Kuah is the main
town. It is also an international venue for conventions.
Some of the prominent of the Langkawi islands are Pulau
Dayang Bunting or Isle of the Pregnant Maiden, Pulau Singa
Besar, a wildlife sanctuary, Pulau Payar, a marine park,
and Pulau Bears Basah, Isle of Wet Rice, a popular place
Other places of interest are Mahsuri Mausoleum, Air
Hangat hotsprings, Galeria Perdana, Eagle's Square, Seven
Wells, Underwater World, a crocodile farm, and Tanjung Rhu
HOW TO REACH: Alor Setar and Langkawi
have international airports. There is ferry service to Langkawi
from Kuala Perlis (30 km) and Kuala Kedah (51 km). KL to
Kuala Kedah by train takes 8 hours. A round trip cruise
of the islands takes 4 hours.
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|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. |