States of Malaysia

Culinary charmer feels the love

Norman Musa is a self-taught Malaysian chef who has created a successful restaurant career in Britain based on forays to his home country. His Ning restaurants in Manchester and York specialise in Malay cuisine, with a little Thai, Chinese and Indian influence.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:46pm

TALENT contest

Kuala Lumpur's allure among expatriates will play a significant role in Malaysia's drive towards achieving developed status by 2020. The capital and financial centre has always been a favourite for expatriates and tourists, but the government has hastened efforts to provide more foreigner-friendly attractions to lure more overseas talent.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Island lifestyle oozes appeal

The upcoming residential seafront development, Andaman at Quayside, on Malaysia's Penang island has raised the benchmark of high-quality living in Asia.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Urban sanctuary is close to capital's attractions

In every great city, the central business district (CBD) sets the tone not just for business and commerce, but for everything from lifestyle and fashion to cuisine and culture.

It is the place where people want to be, and that goes a long way to explaining the appeal of St Mary Residences in Kuala Lumpur.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tourism is major revenue earner

In the half-century since its independence from Britain, Malaysia has nurtured a thriving tourism industry that now attracts millions of visitors a year, and has made tourism one of the country's top foreign exchange earners. 'Tourism is a large and fast-growing sector in Malaysia with strong positioning globally,' says Baizuri Baharum, director of Tourism Malaysia, Hong Kong.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Condemned to history

Located in one of Kuala Lumpur's more dilapidated districts, Pudu Prison clearly belongs to a different age. Half-demolished and covered in mould and graffiti, the building is just weeks away from being torn down completely. Just a few metres from the jail stands one of the Malaysian capital's newest mosques, the gleaming white Masjid Albukhary, past which the futuristic monorail glides.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Quick guide - Kuala Lumpur


Many shopping malls and brand stores are in the Golden Triangle, especially in Bukit Bintang. Low Yat Plaza is famous for its computers and accessories, while Starhill Gallery, Berjaya Times Square (in Jalan Imbi), Fahrenheit 88, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza, Lot 10 and the grand Pavilion are packed at weekends.

Food and Drink

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Name: Gim Seng Ng

Age: 22

City/country: Penang/ Malaysia

School: Wesleyan University

Star sign: Leo

Penang is an island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is the second smallest Malaysian state.

It is nicknamed Pulau Mutiara or 'Pearl of the Orient'.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

Great Asian Escapes - Penang, Malaysia

The wonders of Angkor Wat, the sublime scenery of Guilin or the thrill of the roulette table in Macau ... whatever you yearn for, you can find it just a short flight (or ferry ride) away from Hong Kong. On the following pages are six cities to get you inspired.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

The colour of money

CHINESE MIGRANTS have left their cultural imprint throughout the world over the centuries, spreading not only their religious practices and culinary skills but also their artistic tastes.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Tanks for all that

The trouble with city-centre skyscrapers is that tourists are drawn to them like men to football results. Meanwhile, nearby attractions diminish in significance as the battle to fit wife and towering building in camera viewfinder rages.

7 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Malaysia all set for no-frills air war

Malaysia's terminal for budget airlines - Asia's first - will begin operations in two weeks, just days before Singapore is scheduled to open its own low-cost terminal, according to the government.

10 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Forgotten army's death march retraced

One of the most brutal episodes of the second world war - the Sandakan death march in Borneo - has been commemorated with a heritage trail retracing the last steps of hundreds of emaciated British and Australian prisoners of war.

7 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

It's a fascinating jungle out there

Four students, two teachers and a travel writer have returned from an extraordinary journey to the exotic forests of Borneo, Malaysia.

They had close encounters with proboscis monkeys, sky-high mangrove, fireflies, bats and many more exotic creatures.

1 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Malaysia allocates $617m in contract to boost English

Maths and science classes are already taught in that tongue rather than Malay

The Malaysian government has signed a multi-million dollar, six-year contract with a consortium of five foreign universities to prepare prospective school teachers for teaching English as a foreign language across the nation.

26 Feb 2005 - 12:00am