About Malaysia

Malaysia is situated in the heart of South East Asia. It is divided into Peninsular Malaysia which is the land mass between Singapore and Thailand as well as the states of Sabah and Sarawak which are in the North part of the island of Borneo. The following map may help show you where this wonderful country is.

Malaysia is a multi-racial country with a population of about 20 million people. Approximately 55% of the people are Malay (the native people of malaysia), 30% are of Chinese descent, 10% of Indian descent and the rest are made up of the indeginous peoples. The fact that Malaysia is a multi-racial country makes it have a unique Malaysian culture which is not particularly associated with any one of the cultures here but rather a blend of all the major cultures in the country. The native languages of the different races are taught in school as well as Bahasa Malaysia which is the official language of Malaysia.

Malaysia is divided into twelve states and a federal territory. Nine of the States have rulers called Sultans and the other three have Governors. The state governments are headed by Chief Ministers and a state cabinet. The Malaysian government is headed by a prime minister and his cabinet of ministers. Elections are held once every five years to elect members of parliment and state assemblies. Malaysia has a unique monarchy. The king of Malaysia plays a role somewhat similar to that of the Queen of Britain. However, Malaysia’s king is chosen from one of the nine Sultans once every five years.

One of the greatest things about Malaysia is its delicious food. The many cultures in Malaysia have their own delicacies and the blend of the cultures itself has given rise to uniquely Malaysian dishes. Examples of Malaysian delicacies include satay, roti canai and ais kacang. Malaysia has delicious fruits too like the rambutan, mangosteen and of course the durian.

Tourism is big in Malaysia. There are various kinds of attractions for tourists here. The main attraction are the beaches. Malaysia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Places that are popular among tourists for their beaches include Penang, Tioman, Pangkor and Langkawi which are all islands. Of them, Penang is undoubtedly the most popular amongst tourists. It has many great beachside hotels and great watersports facilities. Although some of the more popular beaches in Penang like Batu Feringghi and Teluk Bahang may get quite crowded, one can still find other more isolated beaches like Muka Head and Pantai Kerachut which are relatively uncrowded. Penang is also famous for its Bhuddist, Hindu and Chinese Temples and mosques like the Kek Lok Si temple and the t,and the Masjid Kapitan Keling many other interesting things can be seen in Penang like the Thaipusam festival and the city itself which is full of interesting sights and sounds.

Original from : http://m-www.com/malaysia.htm

About Muar (Johor)

Muar is one of the cities situated at around 179 kilometre from Johor Bahru. It’s a town and port on the south-western coast of West Malaysia. Muar also known as Bandar Maharani for most of the local people staying there. It’s popular for its delicious and inexpensive foods served by food stalls and restaurants. A picturesque town located strategically on the Muar River.

Muar is also known for its agricultural products. The main natural products that are commercially produced are palm oil, gambier, mangosteen, rambutan and durian. Palm oil have become the main agriculture product as the Johor government promotes plantation of Palm Oil trees through out the state of Johor. There’s also a furniture industry, which export to the international markets such as Europe and America.

Some say the name “Muar” it comes from muara, a word from the Malay Sunda language, meaning ‘a very wide river pouring into the sea’. Still others believe that it comes from the Hindu words munu, meaning ‘three’, and ar, meaning ‘river’. The ancient peoples of India had come to Muar looking for gold, but instead found the confluence of the rivers Muar, Serting and Pahang, similar to the ones they had at home. They named this place Muar to remind them of their beloved homeland. Muar was established, years before Melaka came into being. Muar played a role in resisting the Portuguese occupation of Malacca in 1511. In response to attacks from the Portuguese fleet, the Bentayan fort was built by the Sultan of Malacca to repel seaborne invasions. When the Portuguese conquered Melaka in 1511, its Sultan and his entourage had escaped to Muar.

Tourists can enjoy a drive or stroll along tree-lined Jalan Tanjung, which follows the river mouth on the south side. Along this road, you will see mosques, old colonial houses, government buildings and a beautiful park. For most of the travellers visiting Muar, it’s amust to stroll along the tree lined Jalan Tanjung, where Jalan Tanjung is actually along the river mouth located on the south side. Besides along the river side, Muar is actually a town situated strategically on the Muar River where originally, many believe that the Muar River actually contributed to the growth of Muar due to the fact, where Muar River is a natural means of transportation in the early days.

Original from : http://fidaktk.blogspot.com/2010/10/bluedanube-muar-johore-malaysia.html

A few places to visit:

Tanjung Emas Park – If you’re looking for a quiet place to lay out the blanket and enjoy reading a book in the warm morning sunshine, Tanjung Emas recreational park overlooking Muar River is the place to go. This recreational park has a food court offering local delicacies if you get a little hungry- try the ikan asam pedas (fish cooked with tamarind sauce and chilli paste) for which this town is famous. There’s plenty of rest shades if the sun gets too hot and also a children’s playground to keep the little ones amused. Nearby, there is a government rest house offering accommodation in a garden environment for visitors looking to stay in Muar over.

The first Masjid Jamek Muar completed construction in 1887. In the 1920s, a committee was formed to consider building a new Masjid Jamek for Muar. Following a bid to raise funds from the public, the committee in charge of building the new mosque successfully raised RM10,000 for the purpose. The committee then put forward the people’s aspiration to the Sultan and obtained the royal consent. n 1925, works to construct Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim began. Five years later, in 1930, the mosque was completed and was officially opened by Johor’s Menteri Besar, Dato Mustafa bin Jaafar. Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim is located along Jalan Petri, close to mouth of Muar River.

The majestic Masjid Jamek 2 – the second mosque (built in 1999), a replica of the Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim is a breathtaking sight. It was built on the opposite bank of Muar River in Tanjung Agas. The two mosques formed a spectacular landmark, especially for those who enter Muar from the river mouth. Masjid Jamek 2 was completed in 1999 and can accommodate 5,000 Muslim congregations.

Gunung Ledang – The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) has made it one of Johor’s most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers. There two known ways of reaching the summit. One is from Sagil, a town in Johor, the other is through Asahan, Melaka. The shorter route is from Asahan. Gunung Ledang ( or Mount Ophir as it is otherwise better known ) is the most visited mountain in Malaysia. It is not peculiar to find people who has climb the mountain more than 10 times.

The reason being, the place is easily accessible and suitable for beginners who wants to feel what mountains in Malaysia are really like. Some groups are using this mountain as a training ground for other challenging venues.
Original from : http://www.malaysiasite.nl/gunungledangeng.htm

Famous Muar Cuisine

Muar is actually very popular for its local delicacies where any of the travellers visiting Muar can enjoy delicious and inexpensive foods served by food stalls or restaurants located at various areas of Muar. One of the most preferred and famous local delicacy in Muar is known as “Otak – Otak” This is a mix blends of fish or prawn in various spices, wrapped normally in atap leaf.meanwhile, Muar is famous with fried oyster omelette, vermicelli noodle, and its prawn noodle which is prepared differently from the rest of the country.

A few good food stores and restaurants:
1) Pak Yayah Asam Pedas,Parit Jawa
2) Oyster Omelette, Jln Haji Abu
3) Satay Muar, Jln Haji Abu
4) Straits View Rest, Parit Jawa
5) Mee Bandung Abu Bakar (Wah San Restaurant)
6) Seng Kee Otak-Otak (Jalan Haji Abu)
7) Fish Ball Noodles (Jalan Haji Abu)


Vermicelli Noodle or “Wan Tan Mee”

Fried Oyster Omelette
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Spicy Sour Fish “Asam Pedas”
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Famous Glutton Street (贪食街) of Muar, Johor

Glutton Street, which known as “T’am Cjia Kueh” in Hokkien. It’s located at the street of Jalan Hj Abu from junction Jalan Meriam until junction Jalan Ali, appoximately 100 meter.

The street start operation in the morning and close until late evening. You can find all kind of chinese foods within this less than 100 meter session along both side of the street!

Every car drive through this part with extra slow and caution, because peoples are standing everywhere.

About Malaka

Introduction – Melaka or Malacca is a state in Malaysia which is located at the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia where the state of Melaka is actually sandwiched in between Negeri Sembilan and Johor. In addition to that, Melaka is actually closely situated alongside with the Straits of Melaka where this famous 500 mile long strait is actually, and still the world’s longest strait connecting the Indian Ocean and the China Sea. Based on the statistic in the year 2001, there are roughly 649000 people staying in this 1650 square kilometer state. Besides the state capital which is Melaka, there are another 4 main administrative districts here in Melaka where these 4 districts include Pulau Besar, Jasin, Melaka Tengah and Alor Gajah.
Original from : http://www.talkmalaysia.com/about-melaka.html

Babanyonya Heritage Muzeum
Baba Nyonya: The Beginning
At the beginning of the 16th century, merchants and entrepreneurs were lured to Malacca’s shores due to stories of the city’s burgeoning success and wealth. In particular the city saw an influx of Chinese traders who arrived in droves in an effort to escape Manchu rule. These entrepreneurs went on to marry local Malay women – descendents of these marriages were known as Peranakan or ‘Straits-born Chinese’.
Original from : http://www.malacca.ws/attractions/baba-nyoya-muzeum.htm

Jonker Street
Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly known as Jonker Walk, is known worldwide among serious antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques. Nowadays Jonker Walk is in the old Chinatown. Jonker Walk is situated in the heart of Melaka. It’s a long narrow five hundred meter street, flanked by old houses dating back to 17th century. It was merely a row of shacks when it started on the Western bank of Melaka River.
Original from : http://www.malaysiasite.nl/melakajonkerwalk.htm

Peranakan/Baba Nyonya Food in Malacca
Apart from the local Malaysian fare, one can find delicacies that are only prepared in Malacca. The Peranakan or Baba Nyonya food till date was only confined to the kitchens of the locals. However it has recently been commercialised and many restaurants preparing these delicacies can be found in Malacca now. The Perankan Malacca dishes are slightly different from those of Penang Peranakan. Malacca also has a string of restaurants serving Portuguese – Eurasian food. Sea food served with curries is also very popular here.
Original from : http://www.aseannewsnetwork.com/malaysia/malacca-cuisine.html

Food & Beverage
Wantan Noodle
Kedai Makanan & Minuman Wantan Mee – 40, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren St.).
Opens : 7.30am – 2.30pm. Closes on Wednesday.
This popular dish has an apparent difference. It is prepared with abig blob of vermillion red chilli sauce that goes on the plate beforeanything else. This vinegarish chilli sauce gives noodle adistinctive Malaccan flavour.
Original from : http://www.cuti.com.my/Sub/Melaka/guide_food.htm

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