• Melissa Kartini

#MyMalaysiaMyHome: I Love My Malaysia

Updated: Aug 30, 2018

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country." Those words were spoken by Benjamin Franklin. Just like my country Malaysia. Decades ago, the warriors of this country sacrificed their lives. Surely for the survival of their future. Now we gratefully can take a deep breath, enjoying the freedom given to us. As I step out the door, I can see how lovely my Malaysia is. The National Flag can be seen everywhere. The “boom” sounds of fireworks can always be heard. Because Malaysia is a multiracial country, there are many festivals to celebrate. It is the heart of Southeast Asia. This makes Malaysia a symbol of peace, love and serenity. It is a well-developed country. The Petronas Twin Towers are as high as the sky. It ranks as the world's eighth tallest building. I sincerely have Malaysia in my heart because of the amiable community, wonderful nature and well-developed surroundings.

Let’s take a glance at the festival celebrations. Malays, Chinese and Indians celebrate their festivals together. Open houses are held everywhere. Neither discrimation nor quarrels can be seen. Sounds of laughter, chatter and sometimes a cheerful joke. The scent of homecooked traditional food will make you drool. Malays with their Ketupat. Indians with their Laddoos. And Chinese with their scrumptious noodles and oranges. The multiracial attendees wearing glittering traditional costumes. Sari, Cheongsam and Baju Kurung are well-known for Malaysians. Once I visited a Chinese New Year Celebration. Guess what surprised me? Yes, the dragon dance! As a Malay, that was my first time joining the show. With a team of active men covering their heads with the dragon costume, they jumped everywhere.Their legs moved and bent gracefully. They looked like a real dragon. The roaring sound of the dragon rang in our ears. “Gong Xi Fa Cai"; the wish of the house owner still echoed in my mind. These festivals show us just how friendly Malaysians can be.

Have you been to Malacca City? Well, it has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Not only Malacca, but there are four other interesting places that have also been confirmed as heritage places. They are Penang City, Lenggong Valley, Gunung Mulu and Kinabalu National Park. The greenery alongside the highway is appealing. Hot and damp weather makes the soil capable to grow a variety of fruit trees. That’s why Malaysia is called the Heaven of Fruits! I will never forget my journey to Taiping Lake Garden. The fresh air makes me feel refreshed. The natural echo of lake ripples and whispers among the tree leaves could release anyone from stress. The fragrance of flowers is effectively relaxing. Leaning against a shady hundred year old tree, riding the duck water cycle and jogging around the amusing park--there are also lots of other activities you can enjoy. Splasshh! Water sprays around as fishes jump upside down the artificial lake. This is what I meant when I mentioned the flawless environment of Malaysia.

“The future projects light, the past only shadows.” This quote is from Eileen Gray, a pioneer of Modern Movement in architecture. The economy of Malaysia is the 4th largest in Southeast Asia. Consequently, the development is increasing rapidly. Shopping complexes, hotels, towers, universities, schools, and hospitals--all infrastructures are more than enough to live at. The hustle and bustle of the big city will cheer up yourself. The aroma of Chicken Rice, Satay and Soup from the restaurants nearby are truly aromatic. You may go to Kuala Lumpur,the national capital and the largest city of Malaysia. The buildings glow with decorative lamps at night. Lots of minimarkets are still available. The loud sound of music from the cars, supermarkets and clubs cover the calamity of night life. The Petronas Twin Towers is always a popular choice with tourists to take photographs of and to get an overall view of the city.That is why I love my highly developed country.

From all of my life experiences in Malaysia, especially as stated above, my country is proven to be a place of helpful people, historical flora and fauna, and up-to-date infrastructures. If I could travel all around the world, I will still choose my Malaysia to live in. Because Malaysia is my place of birth, the safest place to me. Although my words cannot vividly describe how Malaysia is, but it is enough to see how my Malaysia is completely featured. I love my Malaysia!

This piece was contributed by:

  • Name: Muhammad Syaqiq Al-Azdi Bin Abd Razak

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