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Malaysia’s Famous Landmarks: A must visit!

From infrastructural feats, to naturally constructed landmarks, some have been giving us an identity, and improving the nation for decades.

Preserving heritage through jawi lesson

Ghosting on the Hungry Ghost Festival

The traditional festival is a ritualistic time of offerings to spirits of the underworld. But it’s harder to get performers, and the turnout isn’t what it used to be, for the living.

Appreciating Aidiladha

Aidiladha celebrations are never as grand and food-centric as Aidilfitri. Are Malaysian Muslims less appreciative of the Festival of the Sacrifice?

Believing in the unbelievable

Some people are quick to connect strange occurrences with supernatural forces because they truly believe the world beyond the veil exists.

Thanking the war heroes

Darjah Kebesaran Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa is for the brave who fought for the welfare of the country and they deserve all the thanks.

Meet Durian: the King of Fruits

Durian, a pungent-scented and sweet-flavoured tropical fruit, is a guilty pleasure for many Malaysians, especially the supreme of all durian types: Musang King.

Sarawak’s independence depended on the British

Sarawak has a long standing relationship with Brunei, but that all changed when the British took over. After scuffles and wars, Sarawak still stands with its indigenous people after its independence.

Harmonious open house tradition

See a family dressed in traditional baju Melayu and baju kurung on the third week of Syawal and ask where they are going. The answer is simple: open house.

George Town’s comeback story

George Town’s history extends throughout disputes and war. Its development was abandoned by the federal government years ago, but made a successful return as a vital Malaysian historical heritage. George …

Days of traditional games are vanishing

Before Playstation and smartphones took over childhood, most Malaysians grew up playing traditional games. No electronics or Wi-Fi signal needed, just a group of friends, ubiquitous instruments, and tons of fun.

Malaysians’ bubble tea frenzy

There is still no sign that bubble tea craze among Malaysians will die down soon as more stores are opening up in Subang Jaya, which has been regarded as “Bubble Tea Street”.

“Nature’s toilet bowl” as Aidilfitri delicacy

Among Aidilfitri delicacies such as ketupat, rendang, and variant kuih raya, lemang periuk kera has become the talk of the town especially in the recent years.

Penang Hokkien among languages going extinct

The language we speak plays an important psychological part of our identity. It could easily go extinct if not passed on, hence its preservation is vital for the understanding of future generations.

Luxury hijabs: Profiteering or modernization

When religion obligation inspires business opportunity, some call it profiteering, and some think it is modernization.

“It’s all the teacher fault!”

A provocative tweet asking the reasons as to why Malays are still incompetent in English after eleven years of school has consequently launched an attack on English teachers.

Flat Earth is back in Malaysia

The idea of a giant horizontal piece of land hovering in space seems ridiculous in this current age of technology, but the revival of “flat earth theory” is re-emerging in modern Malaysia.

Malaysia obliviate in Asia Food Map

Netflix’s new food documentary Street Food (Volume 1: Asia) featured multiple South-East Asian countries, but Malaysia was not one of them. If there is one thing Malaysians can be proud …

Gelatin: the enemy of halal products

Choosing food to consume and powder to dab on the cheeks is a pleasure for many, until gelatin is found on the list of ingredients. Muslims have always been concerned …

The Environment Hazard of Chinese Traditions

Burning offerings to gods and ancestors are the many ways Chinese worship. But pollution and environmental hazards may be getting in the way. Living in multi-ethnic Malaysia allows us to …

Mandate education before marriage

Tying the knot is never easy. Other than career and financial stability as pre-requisites to getting married, Muslims are also required to obtain a certificate by completing a pre-marriage course.

Kelantan orders eateries to close at night

The state government of Kelantan trying to push its residences toward a religious path, then the humble small business owners suffer.

The triumph and trials of Sandakan

The influx of Chinese dealers turned Sandakan into a blooming trade town. Until the Japanese invaded and forced thousands to work and die for them.