10 things you didn't know about Malaysia

  1. Kuala Lumpur Railway station was built to withstand height of 2 feet of snow.
  2. Kuala Lumpur is the top capital city for lightning where we have almost 200 thunderstorm days in a year.
  3. Mount Kinabalu holds the world’s highest Via Ferrata leading to world’s highest suspension bridge which is 22 meters in length & 3600 meters above sea level.
  4. The longest insect species in world is found in tropical forest of Sabah , the “stick insect” which can grow up to 56 cm long.
  5. The largest cockroach infestation site in world is Gomantang Cave , Sabah.
  6. Do you know that if there is no bats there will be no durians ? They pollinate all the best species of durians.
  7. Do you know Malaysia has pet cemetery ? That’s Nirwana Memorial Park, Semenyih
  8. Do you know Malaysia actually have almost 140 languages spoken throughout the country and a few almost extinct ? Eg Che Wong language spoken in Pahang by only 500 tribal people
  9. The first national car produced by Malaysia , Proton Saga got it’s name from a Scrabble game and not from “bigi Saga” or “Saga Seed” as most people think…
  10. World’s biggest roundabout is not in Paris , Germany or elsewhere , it’s here in Putrajaya which is 3.2 km long.
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This is super interesting. I’ve never known any of them! Haha. Here’s what I just Googled after reading the above to add to the discussion :

  1. Malaysia is the only country that includes territory both on the mainland of Southeast Asia and in the islands that stretch between the Asian continental mass and Oceania.
  2. Malaysia has nine distinct royal families, or hereditary state rulers, the highest number in the world. The Malaysian king (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) is elected from these for a 5-year term as ceremonial head of state.
  3. In 1997 , the Malaysian state of Kelantan decreed that the lights would be kept on in all movie cinemas in order to deter people from kissing and cuddling.
  4. Malaysia’s national drink is teh tarik (“pulled tea”), which is tea that is thrown across a distance of about 3 feet (1 m) by Mamak men, from one cup to another, with no spillages. The idea is to let it cool down for customers, but it has become a Malaysian art form.
  5. Malaysia’s national drink is teh tarik (“pulled tea”), which is tea that is thrown across a distance of about 3 feet (1 m) by Mamak men, from one cup to another, with no spillages. The idea is to let it cool down for customers, but it has become a Malaysian art form.

Oopss~ #4 and #5 has repeated.

All the while I thought Teh Tarik is to give a smoother taste and also the “bubbles” effect on the drink lol! Good to know.

Let’s keep adding on to the list:

  1. One of Malaysia’s oldest names, Aurea Chersonesus, means “peninsula of gold.” It was given by Greco-Roman geographer Ptolemy in his book Geographia, written about A.D. 150. Malaysia is actually more famous as the world’s second largest producer of refined tin.

  2. Local time has been adjusted in peninsular Malaysia a total of eight times. The last adjustment happened on January 1, 1982, when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, then prime minister, decided that the entire country would follow the time in Sabah and Sarawak. Before that, both islands were 30 minutes ahead of peninsular Malaysia.

  3. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998–2004. They are still regarded as the world’s tallest “twin” buildings. The two buildings are joined by a sky bridge at levels 41 and 41, which are 558 feet (170 m) off the ground.

  4. Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.

  5. Some buildings in Malaysia do not have a fourth floor. They eliminated it or replaced by “3A” as the sound of four (sì) is similar to the sound of death in Chinese (sĭ ).

(adding to #5, we do the same to 13th floor too, as it’s an unlucky number at western perspective. Some building named it 12A instead. However, it’s funny to see they don’t change the name of 14th floor, which sounds similar to “dying for sure” in Cantonese. :joy: )