Tourism Malaysia

Penang Butterfly Farm

“A contingency revisit if we are in penang.”  
by Frank Martin

“I wish this will move about a change of opinion of tourism in PENANG, for a charges of entrance is too high, combined on with a Govt. taxation of 25%. Where in Malaysia do we have a Govt. taxation of 25%.”  
by touristcaretaker

“Flying jewels, smashing to watch. We had a good time in your Butterfly Farm.
Many interjection and best regards from Switzerland.
Niklaus P. Spescha”

“The plantation is good value each cents spent. Its educational value and a charge grant to a healthy universe should be appreciated.”  

“in there has many beautiful,colourful butterfly”  
by vicney

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House 2011

September 10, 2011 during 2:00 pm

The finish of Ramadhan month is noted by Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia. It is a time when everybody earnings to their family and applaud a joys of life. The common exodus behind to a hometown is famous as Balik Kampung, literally definition going behind to a village, and even those who are not Muslim take a eventuality of a open holidays to rest and relax. In Malaysia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is also distinguished with open houses, or rumah terbuka, where people entice their kin and friends over to their houses to extract in several Malay delicacies. This tradition of open houses are so common that many politicians and open total customarily organize open houses during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Hari Raya Open House

The stage during Tun Mahathir’s Hari Raya Open House in 2008. Though open houses among friends are a some-more insinuate affair, a gratifying mood and hearten stays as clever as ever.

In new years, a sovereign supervision has organized an open residence eventuality to applaud Hari Raya Aidilfitri with a ubiquitous public. This eventuality also allows visitors and tourists to knowledge a open residence easily, as many open houses are events that are singular to kin and friends. This year’s inhabitant Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House will be hold in Permatang Pauh, on a mainland of Penang on 11th Sep 2011. The eventuality will take place during a margin of SMK Guar Perahu, a delegate propagandize from 11 am compartment 3 pm and is open to everyone, no matter what a competition or religion. Like prior years, a open residence will be graced by a Prime Minister of Malaysia and is organized by a Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.

Penang was selected as this year’s plcae as a state has never organized a large scale jubilee distinct a neighbours Kedah, Perlis and Perak. So if we are in a northern segment this 11th of Sep and wish to join a festivities, remember to conduct to Permatang Pauh, Penang.

Photo (c) CLF

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Aidilfitri Malaysian Open House

The Aidilfitri Malaysian Open House this year will be hold in Permatang Pauh, Penang on Sept 11.

Organised by a Ministry of Information, Communication Culture, a eventuality would be hold during a margin of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Guar Perahu in a state subdivision of Penanti, from 11.30am to 1pm.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is also scheduled to attend a open residence that is approaching to pull 10,000 guests.

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Georgetown Festival

August 28, 2011 during 4:00 pm

Today is a final day of a Georgetown Festival celebrations that was function around a city area. The final dual days had seen thousands of people, both tourists and locals alike, brisk a city area to attend in a activities and informative performances that went on. Though not many informative performances are scheduled to occur today, we would not be astounded if we still find lots of tourists and locals unresolved around a city centre to locate any of today’s events.

Georgetown Festival 2011

The Church of a Assumption was a initial assembly indicate for a initial ‘Living Museum’ tour.

According to my already worn-down booklet, there is another Indian Muslim Cultural Celebration that would occur around a Kapitan Kling Mosque area. After examination Chinese, Indian and Malay informative performances hold over a initial dual days, we suspicion it would be engaging to see what accurately a Indian Muslim village is all about here in Penang. Today, this village celebrates their grant to a city’s birthright by hosting a day-long programme of sorts for everybody to see. Some of a events that a people can demeanour brazen to throwing enclosed a teh tarik competition, interactive demonstrations of Indian Muslim cuisine and many more. There was also a ‘Pallanguli’ Competition hold within a premises of a Kapitan Kling Mosque. If we are wondering what ‘Pallanguli’ is, there will be a brief reason about a diversion after in this article.

Georgetown Festival 2011

This residence indicates that this building is partial of a Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail tour.

Other than a Indian Muslim Cultural Celebration, there was also a debate that will move we to a Protestant Cemetery located along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. This tomb is a final resting place for some of Penang’s European pioneers such as Sir Francis Light and James Scott. There were also dual other tours, a George Town Shophouse Trail and a Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail in Penang, that was also open to a public. The one that hold my imagination was The Living Museum: Sharing Our Stories tour. According to one of a facilitators, this year was a initial time that a Georgetown World Heritage Incorporation experimented with such a tour.

Georgetown Festival 2011

Ms Anne Cutter relating one of her childhood stories to an courteous assembly during a tour.

Under this Living Museums tour, 6 opposite houses from opposite informative credentials were done accessible for a open to participate. Members of a open can select to possibly attend a morning event or go for a afternoon session. Participants of this debate would afterwards be taken to a participating family’s residence for a private pity session. As one chairman can usually join one speak during a time for any session, we opted to join a initial and a third session.

Georgetown Festival 2011

A job label is placed on a butterfly’s wings should they confirm to come and compensate a revisit when we are not around.

The initial event was hosted by Ms Anne Cutter. She is a late propagandize clergyman and has been staying in a same residence for over half a century! She associated her story of how her ancestors came and staid down in Penang. She also showed us some of her cherished photographs – cinema of her relatives during their wedding, a design of her good grandmother who was a Thai princess and many more. She recounted how opposite a village was when she was staying there as a child with her other siblings. She was also kind adequate to uncover us a rest of her house, including her bedroom. Back in a kitchen, Ms Cutter had already put on arrangement some of a apparatus that her relatives used to own, like a singular looking moth mount and a normal coffee grinder. The design of that residence is simply astounding, a monument in these complicated times. Everything in a residence is well-maintained, right down to a wooden flooring that is still being used. Ms Cutter resides there with her elder sister now as many of her siblings have migrated to overseas.

Georgetown Festival 2011

The participants of a Living Museums – Christmas during Argus Lane tour.

At a finish of a initial session, we motionless to make my approach to a Kapitan Kling Mosque, anticipating to locate some engaging information on some of a things that will be exhibited. When we arrived during a area, many of them were in a midst of scheming some of a tasty food that will be served to a throng after in a evening. As we was examination one lady blending in a mixture for a opposite form of prosaic bread, we exchanged a few difference about food and a similarities. It is always engaging to note that no matter what foe or informative credentials one is from, there are topics like food that never destroy to move dual strangers together.

Georgetown Festival 2011

These women are blending a mixture for a normal Indian Muslim form of flatbread famous as ‘Arasi Roti’.

Remember when we pronounced that there was a ‘Pallanguli’ foe that was being hold within a mosque? Well, ‘Pallanguli’ is a diversion mostly played by Tamil women. It is done adult of a residence with 14 cups and is played with dual people. Each actor takes a spin in fixation 6 seeds into any cup. The actor that is starting initial will collect adult a seeds from any of her holes and, relocating anti-clockwise will start to place one seed in any hole. This step is steady until she runs out of seeds. There are manners and regulations to personification this game, something that we will not go into full details. Needless to say, it was fun examination these women play in a ‘Pallanguli’ competition. Somehow, it reminded me of another internal diversion famous as ‘Congkak’.

Georgetown Festival 2011

Two women competing opposite any other in a ‘Pallanguli’ Competition.

The second event of a ‘Living Museums’ debate was ostensible to start during 3.30 pm. We were told to wait in front of a Sri Mahamariamman Temple along Queen Street. The Chettiar residence that we will be visiting was located not distant divided from a temple. The Chettiar residence that we will be visiting was hosted by Mr. S.P. Lakshmanan. In his normal Chettiar office, he had posted adult cinema of his ancestors as good as people from a Chettiar village for us to review and understand. There were also some really engaging bureau equipment, like a Mejai Petti that is still in use. In a aged days, it was a normal character of a Chettiars to lay on a building and used these tilted tip desks as a essay desk. All of their critical and required papers were also kept within a box. Those days, many of a employees also make a bureau their home. Therefore, many of a prolonged tables were block and stout as it also doubled as their beds during night. Mats were used for them to nap on, and during a day time these mats were rolled and kept in a dangling cell on tip of a wall and out of steer from their customers.

Georgetown Festival 2011

Mr S.P. Lakshmanan arrangement one of a participants one of a aged batch marketplace reports that he still keeps.

There were also annual reports and batch sell books dating all a approach to 1963 being put on arrangement as good as some strange Chettiar papers that were not accessible due to confidentiality issues. Mr S.P. Lakshmanan also introduced to us one of a initial photocopying machines famous as a Nagal machine. This ancient looking device could usually make one duplicate from a strange request during one time! Imagine how vapid it contingency have been for them to make copies of their grave letters during those days! Mr S.P. Lakshmanan also gave us a private debate of his bureau that was located upstairs and explained in fact a work that they do these days.

Georgetown Festival 2011

Participants of a Living Museum – A Traditional Chettiar House tour.

At a finish of a ‘Living Museum’ session, we headed behind to a muster area around Kapitan Kling Mosque. My initial suspicion was to sketch some of a tasty food that we saw being prepared progressing in a day. Unfortunately, there were too many people backing adult to representation all a giveaway food that was being given out to a open for sampling! It was a charge to indeed fist into an accessible space in between lines, let alone take some shots during a food that was being handed out. we finished adult walking around a area and looking during some of a other stalls that were not giving out giveaway food. Though on a leaflet it sounded like there were many things to do, in tangible fact a informative muster seemed kind of tiny to me. The categorical thing is that we enjoyed each bit of it and am looking brazen to experiencing it again subsequent year.

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Cuisine in Melaka


07/28/2011 | 10:21 pm


Firefly entered a collaboration with Melaka Air today to provide air services out of Melaka International Airport from November 11, 2011.

The agreement was signed on behalf of Firefly by its Managing Director, Dato’ Eddy Leong and Melaka Air CEO, Sharabudin Kudus, witnessed by Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam.

The agreement paves the way for Firefly to station an ATR72-500 aircraft in Melaka and mount new flights out of the historical city of Melaka to Batam, Pekanbaru and Medan in Indonesia and from Melaka to Penang and Kota Bahru in Malaysia.

Leong said: “We had intended to start our operations in Melaka earlier but we had to wait for the expansion of our aircraft fleet. Now we are in a position to support the Melaka Chief Minister’s vision of expanding tourism accessibility into the state.

“In November, we will take delivery of our 11th and 12th ATR aircraft, of which one aircraft has been specifically designated to be stationed in Melaka. We will also set up a full operation support services in Melaka which will include aircraft maintenance, ground-handling and fuel services. Soon, there will also be an airport ticketing office in Melaka.

“If this collaboration with Melaka Air proves to be successful, we have the capability to also offer in the future our Boeing jet aircraft which has a larger seat capacity of 189.”

The ATR 72-500 aircraft to be stationed in Melaka is a brand new carrier. Currently, Firefly has 10 ATRs servicing domestic routes and neighbouring countries out of Firefly’s hubs in Subang and Penang. Firefly’s ATR services offers an average of 92 flights a day and it has been in operation since late 2008. The aircraft is a 72-seater, single class configuration. It offers incredible value with low fares. This includes 20kg check-in baggage allowance, assigned seating, complimentary in-flight refreshments and city airports as hubs.

Leong added that Firefly was targeting different market segments on different routes. He elaborated: “We are targeting the Health Tourism and Business Events segments especially from Pekanbaru, Medan and Batam in Indonesia to visit Melaka.

“Our thrice weekly flights from Melaka to Penang will connect two UNESCO World Heritage Cities. The convenience of affordable air travel is certain to attract more domestic and foreign tourists to visit both destinations. Melaka and Penang share more than just a rich, colonial historical past, but also diverse cultures and good food. It is also a good combination for leisure tourists who are keen on combining a historical city with a beach holiday. With the Melaka – Kota Bharu route, we hope to attract traffic from the business, leisure and visit friends and relatives segment.”

Leong said the airline would also work closely with Melaka Tourism and its tourism players to promote all the new destinations originating from Melaka.

Earlier this afternoon, Firefly’s special chartered flight flew in a full load of 72 people, comprising travel agents and media from Medan and Malaysia, Yayasan Melaka delegates and Firefly staff to witness the collaboration between Firefly and Melaka Air.

The chartered service, utilizing the ATR72-500 aircraft, left Subang Skypark Terminal at 3.15pm and arrived at Melaka International Airport an hour later. Upon arrival, passengers were warmly greeted by the Malacca Chief Minister himself, Datuk Seri Hj Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, State EXCO members and Firefly’s managing director, Dato’ Eddy Leong.

Also at the airport this afternoon eagerly waiting to get onboard the return flight to Subang Skypark, departing 5.15pm were 40 orphans from Rumah Yatim Al-Zaharah Melaka and four accompanying adults. Their trip to Kuala Lumpur was a treat organised by Yayasan Melaka.

Ticket sales from Melaka to Kota Bahru and Penang will be available from tomorrow. Online purchases can be made from Firefly’s website (, from travel agents and from Firefly’s booth at MATTA Fair Melaka, from July 29 to 31.

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