Welcome to my little corner about Malaysia. This page lists 48
interesting facts about Malaysia that even most Malaysians do not know
If you're keen to know about hotels in Malaysia, transportation
to/from Malaysia or within Malaysia or life in general from a local
point of view, then head towards the end of this page to find the
1. TUNKU Abdul Rahman first announced
the date of Malaya's Independence at Padang Pahlawan in Bandar Hilir,
Malacca, on Feb 20, 1956.
2. MALAYSIA'S first experiment with
national service was in 1962, during the Indonesian Confrontation.
Youths between 21 and 28 were eligible for a two-year call-up.
3. LEMBAH Bujang in the foothills
of Gunung Jerai is believed to be the location of an old Malay Langkasuka
empire, holding ruins that may date back 1,500 years.
4. "TUN" is the most senior
federal title and there can be no more than 25 living recipients at
any one time.
5. THE village of Wang Kelian in Perlis
is the only place in the world where large-scale cave tin-mining was
6. THE largest cave chamber in the
world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak,
which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747-200.
7. MALAYSIA shares with Qatar the world's
lowest death rate of respiratory diseases, at 7.5 death per annum
per 100 000 people.
8. TANJUNG Piai in sounthern Johor is
the southernmost tip of continental Asia.
9. SABAH is home to the Rafflesia,
the lagest flower in the world.
10. The Malaysian flag was adopted
on Sept 16,1963. The flag was designed by Mohamed Hamzah, a 29-year
old Public Works Department architect in Johor Baru who entered
a design competition with two designs.
11. KUALA Kangsar district office
is the site of the last surviving rubber tree from the original
batch H. N. Ridley brought from London's Kew Gardens in 1877.
12. CHINESE documents written as far
back as the 6th century refer to Kelantan as "Ho Lan Tan"
and other names like "Tan-Tan" or "Chich Tu"
13. MALAYSIA has 65,877 km of highway.
This is more than the Earth's circumference of 40,075 km.
14. There are more than 60 sub-ethnic
groups in Sabah and Sarawak.
15. CINEMA came to Malaya in 1933 with
the screening of Laila Majnum, based n a Sanskrit play of two
ill-fated loves, directed by B.S. Rajhans and produced by the Singapore-bsed
Motilal Chemical Company.
Malaysia, formerly known as the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange,
dates back to 1930 when the Singapore Stockbroker's Accociation
was set up to deal in securities in Malaya.
17. THE Belum rainforest has more
Malayan tigers per square kilometer than any other animal sanctuary
18. THE largest insect egg in Malaysia
comes from the 15 cm Malaysian Stick Insect (Heteopteryx dilitata),
which lays eggs that measure 1.3 cm, making them larger than a peanut.
19. TUN Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun
Hussein Onn, Malaysia's second and third prime ministers respectively,
were among the more well known students of Silat Seni Gayong.
20. PENANG Free School is the oldest
English school in Southeast Asia, founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings
21. NASI Kandar, a dish unique to
Malaysia and brought my the imgrating Indian Muslims, is the favourite
food of many Malaysians. The best is in Penang and everyone has
their favourite dishes. Among the top raned outlets are the Kampong
Melayu Flats in Air Hitam, Line Clear in Penang Road and opposite
the market in Jelutung.
22. THE Bintagor trees, found only
in Sarawak, is believed to contain properties that could help fight
the virus that causes AIDS.
23. MALAYSIA produces a meagre 15 feature
films annually but churns out 300 to 400 televsion dramas and seials.
There are 250 movie theatres and cineplexes nationwide.
24. ONLY 0.85% of 218,004 people in
Malaysia use broadband services.
25. THE largest undivided leaf in
the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah. A specimen
found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
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26. The life expectancy of Malaysian
men and women in 1957 was 55.8 years and 58.2 years respectively.
Today, it is 71 for men and 74 for women.
27. MALAYSIA is home to 14,500 species
of flowering plants and trees, more than 200 species of mammals, 600
species of bids, 140 species of snakes and 60 species of lizards.
28. LOCAL time has been adjusted on
several occasions. On Dec 31, 1932, clocks were adanced by 20 minutes
to "lengthen" daylight; Sept 1, 1941, sped up another 10
minutes; 1942, fast forwarded two hours to follow Tokyo time; 1945,
reverted to the time observed in 1941, and on Jan 1, 1982, pushed
forward 30 minutes so that Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula followed
Malaysian Standard Time.
29. SIPADAN Island off Sabah is one
of the worlds top diving spots.
30. MALAYSIA has 18 ports : Bintulu,
Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Kuching, Kudat, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lumut,
Miri, Pasir Gudang, George Town, Port Dickson, Port Kelang, Sandakan,
Sibu, Tanjung Berhala, Tanjung Kidurong and Tawau.
31. KOTA Baru was the landing point
for the Japanese invasion of Malaya during World War II in 1941. Riding
bicyles, Japanese soldiers took an amazing 45 days to reach Singapore.
41. DR. Mani Jegathesan became the
first Malaysian to win the Asian Games gold medal in the 1962 Games
42. THE country's only Jewish cemetery
is in Penang, in Jalan Zainal Abidin, with 120 graves.
43. THE Sungai Besi airport (now an
RMAF base) was the county's first international airport.
44. The first five general elections
after the Barisan Nasional's frmation were always held in a World
Cup year: 1974 (Germany), 1978 (Argentina), 1982 (Spain), 1986 (Mexico)
and 1990 (Italy). This tradition ended at the next polls/tournament.
45. The word ringgit means
"jagged" in Malay, and originally referred to the seperated
edges of Spanish silver dollars widely circulated in the region.
46. KELANTAN holds the record for the
largest number of flood evacuees : 33,000 in 1982.
47. SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Kok Shoo Yin
became the first Malaysian citizenship certificate holder when he
received the document on Nov 14, 1957.
48. The Mapping and Survey Department
has been maintaining the Sultan Abdul Samad Clock Tower for 108
49. Latest geographical information about Malaysia.
View of Kuala Lumpur from the 34th
floor of the Crown Princess Hotel, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
(right across the US embassy)
This is how Kuala Lumpur looks like. I took this shot during a recent trip on the Putra LRT, going from KL Central to KLCC.