The Muslims dominate the country with the Chinese and Indian being the other two main ethnic groups. Hence the culinary fare comes from these cultures with an array of exquisite fusion dishes. For the first time, we both sampled beef bacon and chicken ham. The word on the street tells about corruption being prevalent in Malaysia. Poverty is visible on the streets of Kuala Lumpur (KL). KL boasts an excellent urban transit system of rail, monorail and bus modes of transportation. It appears to be in the midst of a building boom as was evident by the construction of new buildings around the city.
|Bridge to Putrajaya|
About 25 km from KL, we visited the Government city of Putrajaya due to Tim's freelance journalistic endeavours. He interviewed a Maritime Captain of the Maritime Enforcement Agency for an article to be published in the "The FrontLine Defence." The Government employees work and live in this fairly new 16-year old city. The Prime Minister's office along with the Government ministries are located in Putrajaya.
|Putrajaya: Prime Minister's Office to the right of Mosque|
Malaysia is a modern Muslim country. We were struck by how the Muslim women were dressed: they wear these beautifully designed hijab along with blouses and slacks or tight jeans or long skirts. They are prominent in every facet of Malaysian life, which include the police force, anchors to TV news and shows. The only burkha dressed young women were the tourists from the Arab countries who were most evident in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. These young women were accompanied by their husbands who were dressed in the Levis western attire and sunglasses.
Malaysia appears to be defining its place in our globalized world.