Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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Malaysian News Snippets 2018

General Election / Airbnb popularity rise / new tallest building

General Election 2018

Malaysia's 14th general election will take place on Wednesday May 9, 2018. Will the ruling coalition BN (Barisan Nasional, in power continuously since the formation of Malaysia in 61 years ago) prevail once again? The contender is the opposition coalition of Pakatan Harapan, lead by former prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who switched sides at the age of 92 and partnered with his former rival Anwar Ibrahim. Yup, Malaysia politics is ... interesting ...
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A mulitracial view before the May 9 polls
Short interactive introduction to the Malaysian General Election
Malaysian General Election (Wikipedia)

The results of the election turned out to be surprising to say the least. For the first time in Malaysian history (61 years), government changed hands with the victory of the Pakatan Harapan election. 

 

Growing popularity of Airbnb in Malaysia in 2017

According to the accommodation platform Airbnb its Malaysian hosts welcomed more than 1.5 million guest in 2017, out of which Kuala Lumpur had 510,000 arrival and Georgetown (Penang) 210,000 arrivals.
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The Exchange 106
The Exchange 106 became KL's tallest builing in 2018

State of Mega constructions in Kuala Lumpur

The following video contains spectacular drone footage of downtown Kuala Lumpur and the ongoing constructions of The Exhange 106 (now KL's tallest building), Merdeka PNB118 (will be even taller when completed) and Bandar Malaysia (central transport hub built at the site of the old Sungai Besi Airport).