This is Part 1 of our Introduction to Malaysia series – a series of articles to give you an idea about Malaysia, if you are unfamiliar with it. In case you have already familiarised yourself with Malaysia, then consider this my own take of the country. Also, this goes without saying – no harm was intended in the writing of this series.
Ask any non-Malaysian out there what they know about Malaysia and their answers will probably fall into any of these:
- These twin bad boys, the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and still the tallest twin towers in the world. A jaw dropping sight, especially at night.
- We take our food seriously. You mess with a favourite dish, you mess with all of us.
- And for good reason.
Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai; it’s how these culinary traditions alternately merge and remain distinct that makes Malaysian cookery so fascinating—and so hard to summarize concisely, a Venn diagram of flavor whose every overlapping sliver is its own compelling story. – Serious Eats
Malaysian food isn’t getting the global recognition it deserves. – CNN Travel
- Orang Utans
- The world’s biggest financial scandal, worthy of a Hollywood movie featuring Miranda Kerr, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jho Low, and our he-who-shall-remained-unnamed (ex) number 1 official.
- The heartbreaking incident of MH370, which brought upon conspiracy theories rivaling the fake moon landing theory. These include aliens, Russia, US Military, the CIA, and a 404 error.
Malaysia is so much more than that. It’s rich with beauty. It’s an impressively multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural country. It’s easy to fall in love with, and I’m sure you will, if you haven’t already.