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Icons of Malaysia

As we celebrate our nation’s independence tomorrow, let us look at the things that make Malaysia… Malaysia! There are a few things that shape the identity of this country. Be it food, an iconic landmark or language eccentricities. That said, here are some of what’s iconic here in Malaysia that are sure to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside at the very mention of them.

Mamak life

Wherever you go around in Malaysia, there’s bound to be a 24-hour mamak stall somewhere in a street corner. It’s where Malaysians hang out late at night, or when they don’t know where else to go. It’s also where Malaysian men generally gather to watch live sports.

For Malaysians, mamak stalls are #life because besides all the reasons stated above, no matter the time of the month, you can always count on mamak stalls for a decent, fulfilling meal with a glass of warm teh tarik.

Harimau Malaya

Also the name of the Malaysian football team, the Malayan Tiger is the official national animal of the country. This powerful-looking mammal is unique to the Malayan peninsula, particularly in the forests of Pahang, Perak, Terengganu and Pahang.

Back in the 1950s, Malaysia was said to have as many as 3,000 tigers. But sadly the number has dropped down drastically, to roughly less than 200 of them in the wild today, pushing this majestic feline to the brink of extinction. Hopefully, conservation efforts will work bring them back to a healthy number.

Petronas Twin Towers

When one thinks of Malaysia, the Petronas Twin Towers come to mind. At a height of 1,482.6 feet, this masterpiece’s façade consists of interlocking Islamic geometric patterns that symbolise principles of unity, harmony, stability and rationality.

Completed in 1998, the tallest twin towers in the world still stands out the most in KL’s skyline and almost every Malaysian would have at least one photo of themselves with the Twin Towers in the background.

Nasi Lemak

In every part of the world, coming together to share a meal is the most binding thing to do. For a country full of diverse cultures, Nasi Lemak is THE breakfast dish that binds the diverse cultures in Malaysia. There has long been a heated debate as to which country Nasi Lemak belongs to. But it is without a doubt that this dish of coconut milk rice served with crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts, cucumber, hardboiled egg and sambal paste is 100% Malaysian. 

The love for Nasi Lemak runs deep in Malaysia, that there are now many varieties of Nasi Lemak-inspired food and drinks now. Have you tried Nasi Lemak ice cream before?

Proton Saga

Officially launched in 1985, Proton Saga is the first national car of Malaysia. So can you imagine how proud every Malaysian must have felt at that time? The introduction of Proton Saga not only marked the beginning of a bright future for the nation’s automotive industry, but it also put Malaysia on the map of the automotive industry. 

Sturdy and stylish, the Proton Saga is also affordable, even the latest version with all the new tech and gadgetry included. It makes sense why the Proton Saga has found its way into the hearts of many Malaysians, for the past 35 years.

Rojak language

“Cincai lah.”
“Fuyoh!”
“Where got?”

Over the course of time, the diverse social fabric in Malaysia have introduced a variety of new colloquial terms, more than the ones stated above. Just converse with a Malaysian and you’ll find these expressions and slangs come out of their mouth ever so naturally. Learn more of these terms in “Rojak slangs every Malaysian should know.” (https://www.borneotalk.com/rojak-slangs-every-malaysian-should-know/)


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