Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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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).