Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

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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 ...
More information:
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).