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Visiting one of the tiger states

date of entry 18/05/2007
mileage 584,102

capital Kuala Lumpur

area 330.290 km²

population 28.334.135

GDP 278,6 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Malaysian

This largely Muslim country has achieved huge economic growth over recent years. It is one of the Asian tiger states, home not only to ethnic peoples but to large numbers of Indians, Chinese, Europeans and Australians. Malaysia consists of countless islands, and also shares the island of Borneo with Brunei and Indonesia. After his first visit, Otto often passed through the country on the way to the port in Singapore.
  • The rubber tree still plays an important part in Malaysia’s economy. Workers tap the trees and drain the milky sap into buckets. The rubber will be used to make things like tyres and air mattresses.
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  • When Gunther arrived in May 2007, the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence from Britain were in full swing
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  • The Petronas Towers are an impressive symbol of Malaysia’s economic boom. They stand 452 metres above the streets of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and were for a long period the tallest buildings in the world.
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  • A huge array of vegetables is on sale at most Malaysian markets. The country’s cuisine is very varied, thanks to its many cultural influences. Many of the most popular dishes contain rice with fish or meat.
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  • This beautiful Buddhist cemetery exemplifies the peaceful cohabitation of religions in Malaysia. Buddhists are a minority. Gunther experienced a great deal of tolerance in this southeast Asian country.
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  • Orangutans on the island of Borneo face extinction. Much of this is due to the destruction of their habitat resulting from rainforest clearance.
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  • Malaysia is one of the world’s largest producers of palm oil. "The whole country is covered in oil palms from north to south," says Gunther. Here he is holding the fruits.
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  • Agriculture has taken a back seat over the past few decades as manufacturing has expanded, but tea is still grown and hand-picked in fields like this one.
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  • Video: Malaysia: skyscrapers and oil palms