"KL: A city in the cusp of something big ..." Kuala Lumpur by arikde

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Selamat datang!!! Kuala Lumpur (KL) is probably my favourite city in the South East and Far East parts of Asia. It is a city that has marched truimphantly towards modernity ... remnants of this are visible everywhere, the sparkling KLIA, the world's tallest building (Petronas Towers), the world's tallest flag pole @ Merdeka Square, a brand new completely automated metro system, etc.

Yet, it retains an unique sense of Asianness that has been ignored in development quests across the region ... be it in Singapore, HK, or Manila. The city (and country) is far from perfect ... it struggles with its treatment of non-Malays ... the historically surpressed Chinese and South Indian communities ... it struggles with the non-democratic institutions, and it stuggles to identify the definition of moderate Islam.

A fascinating city ... and in my opinion, one of the MUST-SEE cities of the world.

(note: Selamat datang = Welcome in Bahasa Malaysian)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Modernity and Tradition Juxtasposed
  • Cons:City where hidden race tensions can never be escaped
  • In a nutshell:A Must-See City
  • Last visit to Kuala Lumpur: Aug 2002
  • Intro Written May 29, 2003
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  • ezaguryk's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2006 at 6:39 PM

    Happy B-day!!!!! Wish the best in your day....greating from venezuela

  • Feb 12, 2004 at 12:33 AM

    Nice informative page. In your home page you have coverd yourself from the first flight to graduation and the career.Nice way of doing it. KUL page is informative.

  • Jul 20, 2003 at 9:41 PM

    Most ATM would be deactivated by 10pm or 11pm depending on the banks for security reasons and not as mentioned.

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