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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Malaysia

There are many things about Malaysia that we love, from the abundance of food to our multi cultural society. But how much about our country do we really know. In celebration of “Hari Merdeka” here are some little known facts about this country we love, Malaysia.

Top capital city for lighting

Here something that would surprise you. Our capital of Kuala Lumpur is the top capital city for lightning and ranks fifth in the world with a “lightning flash density” of 48.3, as well as ranking third worldwide for number of thunder storm days per year at 180-260 days.

KL railway station is built to withstand 2 feet of snow

The Kuala Lumpur Railway station on Jalan Hishamuddin is said to be able to withstand up to 2-6 feet of snow. Built by the firm of J.A. Russell, architect P.C. Russell whom was probably worked under direction of A.B. Hubbock, the official architect of Selangor State. According to Legend, the design was taken from a 1911 Moscow Trade Fair pavilion and that the roof is design with snow gutters.

Source: New York Times

Highest suspended bridge

The suspended bridge at Mount Kinabalu, is said to be one of if not the highest suspended bridge in the world. The bridge is at 3600 meters above sea level, Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu.

Bonus Fact: Via Ferrata is Italian for “iron road”, the Via Ferrata at Mount Kinabalu was verified by Guinness World Records as the highest via ferrata in the world

World’s longest insect

Officially named Phobaticus chani, this remarkable stick insect can measure up to 56.6cm in total length, And was discovered by Sabah amateur naturalist Datuk Chan Chew Lun.

Source: Star Online

Biggest cockroach infestation

Gomantong Cave in Sabah has the highest density of cockroaches in the world. The amazing Cave houses roughly a million bats. The cockroaches thrive in the dark and damp environment and feed off bat dropping. Here’s a video from National Geographic, forewarning it’s not for the faint of heart.

No bats no durians

Durian trees only flower at night, so Bats are the main pollinator. Dr. Christine Fletcher from FRIM, the flowers that are pollinated by Bats produce better fruits and more bundles.

Pet cemetery

Something for those pet lovers out there, in fact Malaysia actually has two pet cemeteries, Pet Memorial Services and Pets in Peace Malaysia. For the love of the furry ones in our families, you can give them a proper burial service.

140 different languages spoken

We all know Malaysia to be a multi-cultural society where our medium of spoke communication is often a mixture we refer to as Manglish. It would surprise you to know that Malaysia has 140 individual languages listed, 2 of which are extinct.

Source: ethnologue.com

Largest Round about in the world

The Largest Roundabout in the world is right here in Putrajaya. The Roundabout measures at an impressive 3.5km in diameter. Although, there is some dispute over the roundabout being the largest, its contender is The Savannah in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

Source: Expatgomalaysia.com

Largest Underground Cave Chamber

Located in Mulu National Park, in Sarawak, the Sawarak Chamber (600 m by 415 m and 80 m high), is the world’s biggest cave chamber. The Clearwater Cave is among the top ten longest caves in the world measuring at 189km.

Source: Unesco.org

Oldest English School in Southeast asia

Founded by Rev. Sparke Hutching in 1816, the Penang Free School is the oldest English School in South East Asia.

Source: the-v.net

South Most Tip of Asia

Tanjung Piai Johor National Park Lays claim to the title of the south most tip of the Asian continent. Located in the district of Pontian, the national park covers an area of 926 ha.

Source: Malaysia-traveller.com

Local time has been adjusted eight times

The Time in Peninsular Malaysia has been changed a total of 7 times and East Malaysia a total of 6 times, with January 1, 1982 being the latest adjustment made for both Peninsular and East Malaysia. Also, on December 31, 1981 Malaysia declared that people living in West Malaysia would move their clocks ahead by 30 mins to match East Malaysia; the switch was made on January 1, 1982.

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