Malaysia Day

Today is the 16th of September and it is Malaysia Day. Malaysia Day is celebrated on 16 September every year. We previously wrote a bit about Malaysia in our previous post. While Malaysia achieved its independence on 31 August 1957, the Malaysian federation was formed on 16 September 1963.

 

Malaysia was originally known as Federation of Malaya when it gained its independence in 1957. In 1963, Singapore, Sarawak and North Borneo joined with Malaya to form the Federation of Malaysia. A declaration was signed on 16 September 1963 and the name, Malaysia, was born. Singapore left the Federation of Malaysia in 1965. North Borneo is now known as Sabah.

 

Malaysia is accessible by air, land and sea. This country has transportation system of flight, bus, train and ship. The ports are not available in every state but it is found in Penang, Port Klang in Selangor, Kuantan in Pahang, Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

 

In 2010, Malaysia Day was officially declared a public holiday in Malaysia. There are celebrations held in Malaysia on this day and some events taking place as well. If you have the chance, do visit this beautiful country.

 

Happy birthday, Malaysia.

 

Malaysia’s National Day. Merdeka !

Malaysia has just celebrated its National Day yesterday (31 August 2016). In Malaysia, it is called “Hari Merdeka”, which means “Independence Day” and it is celebrated on the 31st of August every year. The country’s independence was achieved on 31 August 1957.

 

Malaysia consists of thirteen states namely Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Labuan, Federal Territory of Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca (known as “Melaka” in Malay language), Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang (known as “Pulau Pinang” in Malay language), Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu. The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.

 

The weather in Malaysia is of tropical rainforest and equatorial climate. It is generally sunny all year round with rain every now and then. Malaysia is a beautiful country with a lot of beaches and greeneries that make great tourist attractions. Yet it has cities with modern developments such as shopping complexes with international brands shops and of course, there is our famous Petronas Twin Towers which held the world record for tallest building from year 1998 to 2004.

 

Malaysia is a multi-cultural country with citizens of many different races from the Indigenous People (known as “Orang Asli” in Malay language), Malay, Chinese, Indian, Punjabi, Eurasian and even Westerners who became citizens of Malaysia. There are places of worships for different religions in each state of the country. The citizens’ nationality is Malaysian and some of them prefer to regard their race as Malaysian. All the races live harmoniously together. After all, Malaysia’s motto is “Unity Is Strength” which is translated to Malay language as “Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu”.

 

As Malaysia consists of so many different races, the food served by these different races has made it possible for a wide variety of food to choose from. Our local delicacies are delicious and we have options of halal as well as non-halal food. 

 

Malaysia is rich in natural resources and the economy is driven by the exporting of natural and agricultural resources, tourism, manufacturing and commerce. There are many events and festivals taking place in Malaysia each year, with some worldwide events. Visit Malaysia and may you be welcomed by the diversed cultural natives as well as the blend of modern and traditional experiences.
George Town World Heritage Day in Penang

George Town World Heritage Day in Penang

Penang. When one mentions Penang, what comes to mind is the wide variety of delicious food and the sandy beaches. While the island is well known, especially with George Town situated on the island, Penang consists of more than just the island and we have the mainland side as well which connects to the other states of Malaysia.

 

Night shot of Penang, overlooking a part of George Town.

 

The mainland part is called Seberang Perai, which was formerly known as Province Wellesley. George Town is the capital city of Penang. Penang is also known as the Pearl Of The Orient. In Malay language, Penang is called “Pulau Pinang”. ‘Pulau’ means island and ‘pinang’ means areca nut, so basically Penang is an island of areca nut George Town was formerly known as “Tanjung Penaga”, which is known as Cape Penaigre in English.

 

At the pier, where the ferry (seen on the right of the picture) can take you to Seberang Perai from Penang island.

 

On 7 July 2008, Penang was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). In order for a city to be listed as one of the World Heritage Sites, it must pass at least one of the ten selection criteria set by UNESCO. The World Heritage Sites are places with special cultural and physical significance. Penang is proudly one of the World Heritage Sites.

 

Penang is well developed in the prime areas, with many buildings, properties and on-going development but some areas are still not developed. You can find pre-war heritage buildings around Penang especially in George Town. With Penang being listed as one of the World Heritage Sites, there are restrictions when it comes to developing new buildings within the heritage zone and the existing buildings will also have restrictions when it comes to renovating them.

 

There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Penang. If you have a love for water, there are a few spots you can go to. The most famous stretch is along Tanjung Bungah leading up to Batu Ferringhi, where you get to walk along the sandy beach or play in the sea water. Some other places where you can park your car and watch the sea view are along Gurney Drive, Esplanade (Padang Kota Lama), Karpal Singh Drive and Persiaran Bayan Indah, though it is not advisable to go into the water. We have featured some of these spots in our previous blog.

 

If you are wondering where to stay in Penang during your visit, there are ample of hotels for you to choose from. There are also some homestay and bed & breakfast venues found in Penang. Penang has a tropical rainforest climate and is generally warm/hot all year round. Penang has multi-cultural citizens and expatriates staying here. The main Chinese dialect spoken is Hokkien.

 

View of the garden from one of the hotels in Penang. Many of the hotels will have seaview.

 

Penang is a place well-known for its good food. You can find food in every corner, from fine dining style to restaurants, cafe, bistro and hawker food. There is a wide variety of food to choose from be it Asian cuisine, Western, Mediterranean and fusion. Some of the food outlets are open 24 hours.

 

Lok lok (steamboat) is one of the local food found at restaurants and hawker stalls. Penang char koay teow, Penang laksa and our mamak nasi kandar (rice and dishes found at Indian-Muslim eateries) are famous mouth-watering local delicacies.

 

On 7 July every year, Penang holds its George Town Heritage Celebration to commemorate Penang being listed as one of the World Heritage Sites. There are programs held every year which has heritage and cultural values. Aside from this event, there will also be a lot of events and celebration going on in Penang all year round. If you are looking for event venues out of your hometown, why not consider Penang. We will be waiting for you and we welcome you to Penang.

 

A shot taken in one of the heritage sites where a man is posing with his trishaw.
There are trishaws for rent in Penang island, where you can sit on the trishaw while the trishaw peddler brings you around a certain route in Penang and you can enjoy the view.