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Independence Day Malaysia

Independence Day Malaysia

Hari Merdeka is a national day of Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule, celebrated on August 31. In a wider context, it is to celebrate the formation of Malaysia. The formation of the Federation of Malaysia was then announced on September 16, 1963 as Malaysia Day. The nationwide Independence Day celebration is still held on August 31, the original independence date of Malaya, while Malaysia Day is a nationwide public holiday.

Prime Minister of Malaysia

Prime Minister of Malaysia

The Prime Minister of Malaysia is the indirectly elected head of government of Malaysia. He is officially appointed by the King (Yang di-Pertuan Agong), who in His Majesty's judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House of Representatives, the elected lower house of Parliament. He heads the Cabinet, whose members are also appointed by the King on the prime minister's advice. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet shall be collectively responsible to Parliament.

Multi cultural Malaysia

Multi cultural Malaysia

The main populations live in Malaysia; Malays, Chinese and Indians. All populations live together in harmony, though of course there are tensions every now and then but tourists will usually not notice that much of this. Over half of the population is of Malay descent; the Chinese form almost a quarter of the total population. Malaysians of Indian descent form approximately 7% of the population; while all indigenous people combined form about 11% of the total population in Malaysia.

Not so clean places

Not so clean places

Generally speaking tourists often think of Kuala Lumpur as a clean city. This is true for most popular tourist places, sights and attractions in and around the city. If you however venture out of those places; you will experience the not so clean places as you can in many other Asian cities. This is of course just part of the hot climate; with these temperatures a pile of garbage attracts insects and rodents within minutes. Luckily not many tourists will experience these scenes; unless they choose to!

National Monument

National Monument

The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in Kuala Lumpur, nearby Lake Gardens. The monument depicts a group of soldiers holding the Malaysian national flag. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.

Interest in cycling tourism increases

The holiday cycling packages introduced by the Tourism Ministry have received an overwhelming response from foreign visitors. Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said interest in the cycling tourism programme had increased as foreigners preferred visiting tourism spots on bicycles. She added that cycling had become a popular trend, which was a good way to promote healthy activities and protect the environment. “Currently, we are offering 33 types of cycling packages throughout the country, including here in Raub as well as in George Town, Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu,” she said after launching the 1Malaysia cycling holiday campaign here yesterday.

Dr Ng said the cycling tour packages offered good returns to bicycle shop operators, local handicraft makers and eateries. “Local youths can also gain an income by acting as tour guides for the cycling tourists, while homestay programme operators will also reap benefits because tourists who take these cycling packages usually love staying with the villagers and experiencing the local cultures,” she added.

Dr Ng also said she would discuss with financial institutions to provide soft loans to local cycling holiday entrepreneurs so they could buy quality bicycles in bulk. About 1,000 cyclists took part in yesterday’s event. They included Dr Ng, Raub district officer Datuk Ismail Ali, Tourism Ministry’s Pahang office director Idros Yahya, schoolchildren, and members of several cycling clubs. Cycling enthusiasts also took part in a 25km cycling event held in the traditional villages and oil palm plantations in Felda Kuala Krau. Source: Thestar.com.my

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