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13 Things You May Or May Not Know About Malaysia’s Independence

Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1957

August 31 is Hari Merdeka or Malaysia’s Independence Day. Here’s a brief look at Merdeka Day celebrations over the last 59 years and other events that have shaped the nation.

1. Malaysia gained her independence from Great Britain in 1957. Over 20,000 people gathered in Merdeka Square to mark the occasion, including the Duke of Gloucester, the King and Queen of Thailand and the Prime Minister of India. The first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chanted some of the most iconic words in Malaysian history, “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka”.

2. From 1957 onwards, Merdeka celebrations have been held every year in all its grandeur. Dignitaries wear traditional uniforms and costumes, fighter jets fly overhead in a blaze of smoke and military personnel and Kadazan tribal people march through the streets.

3. Inaugural celebrations featured dancing formations that depicted the emblem of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional — or the National Front Coalition Party. Barisan Nasional has ruled Malaysia since 1957, making it one of the longest ruling, democratically installed governments in the world.

4. Up until September 16, 1963, Malaysia was still known as the Federation of Malaya. Two years after Singapore left the federation in 1961, the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak merged with Peninsula Malaya to form the new Malaysia.

5. Merdeka Day celebrations in 1963 were nothing short of extravagant with traditional dancers from East Malaysia appearing for the first time in full ceremonial regalia, armed with spears and other tribal items.

6. Malaysia Day, not to be confused with Merdeka Day, is held every September 16 to mark the formation of Malaysia.

7. In 1967, Merdeka celebrations saw perhaps the biggest crowd in Malaysian history. An estimated 50,000 people attended the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Thousands of law enforcement and military personnel marched through Merdeka Square.

Merdeka 3Military procession passes dignitaries at inaugural Merdeka celebration in 1957

8. Merdeka Football Festival has run concurrently with Merdeka celebrations from 1957. The festival is the oldest football event in Asia and has seen teams from all over the world compete for the prestigious trophy. Hong Kong were the inaugural winners in 1957.

9. Malacca City hosted the first Merdeka celebration outside of Stadium Merdeka and Dataran Merdeka in 1985. The decision was the brainchild of Malaysia’s “Father of Development” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. The Malacca Club was turned into a Merdeka memorial called the Merdeka Declaration Memorial to archive all past and future Merdeka celebrations.

10. In the same year, one of Malaysia’s most iconic acts, the Alleycats, released their chart-topping album Suara Kekasih. Founded in 1978, the Alleycats went on to have a profound impact on Malaysian people and the Malaysian music industry.

AlleycatsMusic icons the Alleycats

11. Following 1963, there was a push for Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to form a confederation called Maphilindo. However, there were too many controversies and disputes over territory with then Indonesian president Sukarno putting an end to discussions.

12. Shortly after, Indonesia provided Malaysia with the greatest threat to her independence. They declared war on the Kalimantan-East Malaysia border, laying claims to territories north of Kalimantan. Indonesia only came to officially acknowledge the formation of Malaysia three years later in 1966.

13. Malaysia and her states have been ruled by many invaders over the years from Srivijayan Buddhists and Majapahit Hindus to Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers as well as the Japanese in World War II. Many of these cultures are still present in current day Merdeka celebrations.

 

Merdeka 150th anniversary Merdeka celebrations in 2007

So, if you are keen to observe a bit of Malaysian history, be sure to join in the fun this August 31. There will be festivities across the nation with performances, parades and fireworks in most cities. Head to Tourism Malaysia Official Site for more information.

 

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Beachside escapade

Paradise indeed: Aview of Boracay fromthe island’s highestpoint in Mt Luho.Paradise indeed: A
view of Boracay from
the island’s highest
point in Mt Luho.

With a good beaches, Boracay
in a Philippines
is tough to beat, and a Ambassador
In Paradise is a review of choice.

BORACAY in a Philippines seems eternally to be in one list or another of a best beaches in a world. Well, a accolades are positively well-deserved, for a white sandy beaches are exceptional.

Boracay also has a repute for being “party central� – everybody here seems to be merrymaking from 6pm to noon. It’s a Ibiza of Asia, so to speak.

I was there during a tail-end
of a crazy summer holidays so there was a overflow of college- and university-going Filipinos about. You could contend this vacation was something we had been looking brazen to for a prolonged time, it being my initial time there.

Unfortunately, a airline we had requisitioned for a moody from Kuala Lumpur to Clark Terminal, and afterwards onwards to Boracay roughly soured a experience. To cut a prolonged story short, we finished adult spending 8 hours during a airfield in Clark, one of a misfortune airports to be stranded in.

If we was propitious adequate to get a vessel to Boracay from Caticlan after my joining flight, we competence be means to check into my review hotel, a Ambassador In Paradise, past midnight after my 10am moody from KL!

Thank goodness, a review (recommended by a reliable Agoda.com) managed to make pickup arrangements for me. From Kalibo airport, a review motorist got me to Caticlan within ONE hour instead of a prevalent dual – all while being a protected motorist as he braved terrible highway conditions and a dim of night. Impressive!

I managed to locate a final “official� scheduled vessel and arrived during a review during 10.30pm, where we soon crashed for a night, carrying been adult for tighten to 21 hours. But before that we was floored by my Premier Ocean View room. It was huge, and had a king-sized bed and dual divans.

But it was a lavatory that had me gawping – it was large adequate to accomodate a beach party. Later on, we found out that a additional space was utilized in higher-grade bedrooms for an en-suite Jacuzzi!

Guests during Ambassador In Paradise are greeted by a palm-fringed beach view.Guests during Ambassador In Paradise are greeted by a palm-fringed beach view.

They have 4 other forms of bedrooms and a presidential suite. Their two-floor family suites can support to seven.

Next morning, we found a perspective from my bed to be astonishing. From a patio windows (I was on a belligerent floor), we could see a five-star resort’s usually restaurant. On a right was a extraordinary beach with a claim moving palm trees and a blue sea beyond. And on my left was a review swimming pool.

Paradise indeed!

Breakfast was a initial thing on my to-do list. They keep it elementary here with a choice of 5 – American, Continental, Filipino, and Spanish Omelette and Dutch Omelette.

Paraw boating is one of a H2O activities accessible in Boracay.Paraw boating is one of a H2O activities accessible in Boracay.

I opted for a last, that was boiled eggs with smoked ham, sliced cheese and crispy bacon bits. Nice. If you’re wondering about this option, a owners is Dutch and has dual other hotel properties in Haarlem, a Netherlands.

I had a Filipino set a subsequent day, that was fundamentally garlic rice, beef tapa (diced), preserved papaya, pig sausages and glorious crunchy anchovies. It’s like a Filipino chronicle of nasi lemak. It was so good that we had it again a subsequent day.

For lunch, we had their set meal, that commenced with a cream of roasted prawn saffron – flavorful though a tad complicated on a saffron. The appetiser of salmon gravlax bruschetta was really good, while a mains of oven-baked tanguigue fish in lemon garlic salsa was not too bad. And to rinse it all down was a juicy dalandan (sweet orange drink).

Dinner during a review did not defect either. The cream of pumpkin was divine, a pig adobo was out of this universe as a cook had tweaked it to be sharp and even thrown in some eggplant; desserts were singular though juicy (including a internal leche flan – creme caramel basically); and a cocktails strike a spot.

The food is good, though a use needs to be improved. Surely one doesn’t need to remind staff about cutlery, condiments and such? But it helps that notwithstanding a shortcomings, they do their jobs with a smile.

Now what’s a beach vacation but a massage?

You can opt to have it in your room or by a beachside. we had cave in a room, and it was pristine bliss. A multiple of shiatsu and Swedish techniques kneaded divided my aches and stress.

The review is during Station 1 of a famous White Beach, with Stations 2 and 3 to a left of a resort. Despite a crippled feet and doctor’s orders to rest it and not get a wound wet, we couldn’t conflict holding a travel on a beach.

Station 1 is not as swarming as Station 2 where many of a night life is concentrated. AXN was carrying a celebration that dusk (open to anyone above 21), and it started during 6pm. And there was nonetheless another celebration a subsequent dusk organized by some other group.

All kinds of H2O activities were on offer (the review can arrange them for you, too). These enclosed banana boating, paraw boating and parasailing. What we found singular here was a approach a locals use surfing play for paddling on – with an oar in palm while station on a board!

Besides White Beach, there are other beaches like a comparatively uncrowded Puka Beach. For a scenic perspective of a island, you’ll wish to conduct on adult to Mt Luho, a island’s top point.

Off a beach, one can opt for ATV rides, cart rides and bicycling.

The best approach to get around Bora (as a locals call a place) is around a many electric tricycles that run compartment late. Hop on and off one for 20 to 60 pesos (RM1.50 to RM4.50).

If you’re into shopping, afterwards a place to go is DMall – it’s a one-stop centre for souvenirs, uninformed furnish and restaurants. There are loads of boutiques and shops to crop to your heart’s content. And while Filipino food is no good shakes, there are many other options on offer.

If there’s one thing we couldn’t know about a resort, it was a deception of corkage on guests. If guest wanted to move outward food, wine or soothing drinks into a hotel, a price was imposed. They done an difference for H2O and snacks.

Never in all my years of staying in hotels and resorts have we seen corkage being imposed. Perhaps they should recur this, as it’s not really endearing to guests.

But one thing’s for sure, we will go behind to pleasing Bora.

AMBASSADOR IN PARADISE

Station 1, Sitio Pinaongon,

Barangay Balabag,

Boracay Island Malay Aklan

Philippines

Tel: +63 36 288-1541

Email: [email protected]

www.ambassadorinparadise.com

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Overall expansion of traveller arrivals Malaysia

Malaysia accessible an altogether expansion of +1.2% traveller arrivals with 9,438,592 tourists for a initial 5 months of 2012 as compared to 9,323,827 for a same duration final year, according to a Tourism Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen. ASEAN shred still contributed a largest series of tourists to Malaysia with 73.4% of a sum arrivals. The certain expansion come from Indonesia (+19.3%), Philippines (+41.7%), Vietnam (+35.2%), Myanmar (+6.9%) and Laos (+19.9%). Other critical on-going middle and prolonged transport markets embody Saudi Arabia (+50.7%), China (+34.1%), Japan (30.6%), Russia (25.8%), Kazakhstan (25.2%), Denmark (14.4%) and India (+7.8%).

Total profits by tourists from Jan to May 2012 rose by +1.9%, generating RM21.8 billion to a country’s income as compared to RM21.4 billion in 2011. The tourists’ per capita output for that duration is estimated during RM 2,309 an boost of 0.7% as compared to RM 2,294 in 2011.

The apportion combined that in line with a Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan 2020 towards achieving 36 million traveller and 168billion in profits by 2020, it is critical for Malaysia to change a concentration on flourishing produce per traveller rather than to rest heavily on expansion in traveller arrivals. “To attract a aloft produce segment, we will need to raise connectivity to pivotal priority markets.” For a start, Tourism Malaysia works to boost moody frequencies to 6 priority countries namely China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan besides building an air-rights allocation horizon to promote fit expansion of these pivotal routes and others.

One of a many successful programs that have been identified by a Ministry to rise farming formed tourism is a Homestay Program. The tourism module accessible a poignant boost with 38.4% of occupancy rate compared to 24.9% for a same duration final year. A sum of 133,689 tourists visited a homestay from Jan to May 2012 of that 110,322 were domestic tourists and a rest 23,367 were foreigners. This is a 70.7% boost compared to a same duration final year where we usually perceived 78,333 tourists. Tourist profits from homestay module for a initial 5 months of 2012 also proliferated to RM 7,376,446.50 (+53.1%) compared to RM4, 817,158.30 in Jan to May 2011. Increased spending by these tourists has wild a farming economy. The homestay tourism module has speedy internal communities to be a partial of farming formed tourism while progressing their traditions and identities.

Recognized as one of a National Key Economic Areas, a tourism attention stays as one of a vital writer to Gross National Income, unfamiliar sell gain and employment. In 2011, tourism ranked seventh (7th) largest writer with a GNI sum of USD12.3billion and a third (3rd) largest unfamiliar sell earner after production and palm oil. The Malaysian tourism attention in 2010 supposing 1.8 million jobs (15.9%, share of practice in tourism to sum employment). Amongst a 12 Entry Point Projects are avocation giveaway shopping, oppulance tourism, installation KLCC–Bukit Bintang area as a colourful selling precinct, improving business tourism and augmenting a supply of 4 5 star hotel rooms, etc.

The commission on traveller selling accessible from Jan to May 2012 shows 32.3% (RM7.04 billion) of a sum traveller receipts. This is an boost compared to 30% final year. The covered walkway joining Bukit Bintang and KLCC finished early this year to promote selling has shown a certain impact.

To attract high produce tourists, we need peculiarity 4 5 star hotel rooms. Currently there are 59,804 4 5 star hotel bedrooms accessible in Malaysia. By 2020, 37,000 additional 4 5 star hotel bedrooms are required. The Ministry of Tourism targets to boost 3000 4 5 star hotel bedrooms in Malaysia as during finish 2012. Currently 71% of a aim is achieved with 2,123 bedrooms completed. The government’s liberalization policies and remunerative taxation incentives have resulted in domestic and unfamiliar investments on liberality resources opposite Malaysia.

Malaysia has premised itself as a universe category end for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). The Malaysia Convention Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) successfully cumulative 33 vital events via Jan to May 2012, attracting sum representatives of 50,770 and generating an estimated mercantile impact of RM499.9 mil. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Rankings 2011 ranked Kuala Lumpur series 21 in a universe and series 5 in Asia Pacific. Malaysia ranked series 29 in a universe and series 7 in Asia Pacific.

Domestic tourism is also another critical partial of Malaysia’s tourism industry. The series of domestic tourists in 2011 increasing 15.7% (45,731,000 as compared with 39,539,000 in 2010). In 2011, a spending by domestic tourists was RM27.0 billion, induction a 13.9% boost as opposite RM23.7 billion spent in 2010. This is a success of a “Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia” Campaign.

In sequence to grow a tourism industry, efforts have been strong towards enhancing existent tourism products and building new, artistic and innovative tourism products. This enclosed a “1Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2012?, “1Malaysia International Tourism Exchange 2012?, “1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism 2012? and a recently resolved “1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012?.

The Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ branding is famous worldwide and a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has ranked Malaysia a ninth many trafficked to end in a world.

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Joe Flizzow @ Mystical Eve – ENCORP Strand

December 16, 2011 during 2:59 pm

Joe Flizzow is an award-winning Malaysian hip bound artist and businessman. He is one half of a internationally eminent Malaysian hip bound duo, Too Phat – a many successful hip bound act to ever emerge from Malaysia. He is also owner and CEO of Kartel Records.

President Joe Flizzow will be behaving during ENCORP Strand this 31st December!

Joe Flizzow started his career as one half of a groundbreaking twin Too Phat. With sales of over half a million annals sole to date, a group’s multi-platinum albums have won countless awards locally as good as achieving approval from MTV Asia and Channel V. International collaborations with artists from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Sweden, Canada and United States have authorised for an all entrance pass on a tellurian stage.

As an particular Joe Flizzow arguably a nicest Malaysian MC to ever hold a mic, is a gifted writer, lyricist and producer. Forever pulling his bounds and dexterity into new areas of development; a settlement informed given a late 90?s, where he revolutionized a Malaysian subterraneous Hip-Hip stage and forced a strain attention to commend it as a critical strain genre. After 10 years as a member of Too Phat, Joe Flizzow set out to start figure a career as a solo artist in 2008 with a recover of his entrance solo manuscript called President.

Joe Flizzow, Malaysian Rap Star, before of Too Phat

Rap along with Joe as he performs an all new strain during Mystical Eve 2012 @ ENCORP Strand’s New Year’s Countdown celebration this 31st Dec 2011. The celebration will start during 6 pm and usually finish during 2 am as we chaperon in 2012. So put on your celebration hats and make your approach to ENCORP Strand for Mystical Eve 2012!

Don’t know how to get there? Check a map out!

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Hope Comes A-Floating

October 19, 2011 during 4:30 pm

It is not bland that a chairman can exaggerate of vital on house and being a partial of a stately boat for week or a month, what some-more dual years. Unless that particular skeleton to offer in a Navy or has an unconstrained supply of supports that enables them to transport on a journey endlessly, it is a singular event for a people to live a life on a ship. This once-in-a-lifetime trust is what creates portion on-board a Logos Hope so noted for volunteers who have selected this rather singular trail of life.

Logos Hope

The ship, Logos Hope docked during Port Klang

The story of a boat named Logos Hope…

The Logos Hope was initial built in 1973 and was creatively built for a purpose of a newcomer automobile ferry. Before it was famous as Logos Hope, it was called Gustav Vasa and it sailed along a North Atlantic routes. A decade after it was built, a boat altered hands to Smyril Line and was renamed Norröna. The vessel afterwards plied a track between a Faroe Islands and Denmark. It came into a hands of GBA Ships in a year 2004 and underwent vital renovations to perform her arriving role. She performed her stream name, Logos Hope, in 2005 and after outfitting in Kiel, Germany; Køge, Denmark and final dry wharf in Sweden, Logos Hope finally became an active boat in Feb 2009.

The boat is manned by a organization of 400 volunteers from 45 opposite nations. The village is diverse, from retirees to children of families portion on house and has an normal age of 25 to 30 years old. Most of a volunteers offer for dual years, that is a longest duration of time accessible for service. Volunteers not usually get a possibility to give behind to a people around a world, they are also given training programmes, that when total with a work trust and a cross-cultural encounters, provides them with an event to learn new skills and rise their characters.

Visitors browsing by a many titles that is accessible onboard a Logos Hope

“Mommy, look… it’s a floating library!”

The association that is behind this prophesy is GBA Ships e.V, a non-profit organization that is formed in Germany. GBA Ships operates ships that cruise around a universe with a purpose of bringing knowledge, assistance and wish to those who are in apocalyptic need of it. Their prophesy is to yield entrance to high-quality novel to those who need it, providing unsentimental adore and compelling assent by embracing diversity, as clear in a ships’ crews. Since 1970, a swift of ships owned by GBA Ships have determined a name for themselves as floating book fairs. These ships have done over 1,400 pier calls in over 160 countries and territories and have welcomed over 42 million visitors on house their ships.

The floating book satisfactory offers a preference of over 5,000 titles for visitors who come to a book fair. The far-reaching preference of books on arrangement are suitable for each member of a family as it covers a good operation of categories such as cookery, sports, hobbies, science, medicine, dictionaries, languages and philosophy. The books are donated by publishers whose books have been private from dissemination in first-world countries after a latest editions have been released. This gives Logos Hope a possibility to offer these books during a fragment of their costs to people in building countries.

Visitors can see cinema of a ship’s story on a walls as they conduct to a book arrangement area

A boat full of angels in disguise…

One of a many things that volunteers of a Logos Hope find suggestive is a initiatives and projects that they do for a communities in need. GBA Ships trust in peculiarity life for all, regardless of personal credentials and circumstances. As a boat cruise from pier to port, a organization contributes to a society’s needs in each approach probable – be it a elementary charge of pity and exchanging practice with locals to donating reserve or even building schools or houses. Some of a projects that have been undertaken by a Logos Hope’s communities embody hosting over 80 genealogical chiefs on house in Ghana, building orphanages and donating over 50,000 books to village groups and colleges in Liberia, using HIV / AIDS Awareness projects in West Africa and charity giveaway eye examinations for a people in Malaysia.

Some of a book titles that are accessible for sale during a floating book fair

Where will they go next?

The Logos Hope is now docked during Port Klang until 24th Oct 2011. The boat will afterwards be streamer to Kuching, Sarawak where it is approaching to arrive on 27th Oct and will be there compartment 15th Nov before it moves on to Kota Kinabalu. The Logos Hope will afterwards continue to make a approach to Singapore and Philippines. The satisfactory is open to a open from 10 am to 10 pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 3 pm to 10 pm on Sundays. It is sealed on Mondays. Entrance fees are labelled during RM1 per chairman and acknowledgment is giveaway for children underneath 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

Though it was roughly 5pm when this design was taken, there were still many people queueing adult to house a floating book fair

For some-more information on a Logos Hope and a destiny pier of calls, record on to their website here.

Logos Hope is now looking for donations for a generators. Interested parties might impute to a above website or pronounce to any of a staff on-board Logos Hope for some-more information.

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