All About Malaysia & Destinations
Datang Ke Malaysia!
An island of 285 sq km in area, off north-western coast
of peninsular Malaysia, Penang island is known as the Pearl
of the Orient. The British established their first trading
post of the Far East here in 1786. Georgetown is the headquarters.
The island is known for its beaches, ideal for all types
of water sports. The 13.5 km Penang bridge which links the
island with the mainland is an engineering marvel.
The places of interest in Georgetown are Khoo Kongsi, a
clan house of intricate carvings built by Chinese craftsmen,
Kapitan Keling Mosque, Sri Mariamman temple, Fort Cornwallis
and Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, a Buddhist temple with one of
the world's longest reclining statues of Buddha. The town
has discotheques and night markets. One must bargain while
Elsewhere in the island are Penang Hill, Key Lok Si temple,
Butterfly Farm, Botanical Gardens, Snake Temple, Penang
Bird Park and the northern shoreline beaches like Tanjung
Bunga, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang where international
resorts have come up. While for privacy one may go to Teluk
Duyung, Monkey, Pantai Keracut or Pantai Mas beaches, for
swimming one may reach the Pasir Panjang beach at the south-western
tip of the island.
HOW TO REACH: Penang has an international airport,
near the city. Taxis have fixed rates to specific points.
Penang bridge is the road link with the mainland. There
is a round-the-clock ferry service for passengers and vehicles
from Butterworth on the mainland, to and fro. It takes 6
hours from KL to Butterworth on the mainland by train. Rail
journey is more comfortable and it enables sight-seeing.
In Penang, taxis, buses, trishaws, cars, rent-a-bike, cruise
coaches etc are available.
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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. |