A tour of Malaysia:
An enchantment for holidaymakers
The history of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the
peninsula of Malaysia dates back to about 2500 BC. The Malays of Sri
Lanka, by virtue of their identity, can take a proud stand as part and
parcel of the 250-million strong Dunia Bansa Melayu (Malay Word).
This was the general consensus expressed by over 80 foreign delegates
who attended the symposium Dunia Melay ii, organized by the Sri
Lanka-Malay Confederation (SLAMAC) and the Malay Writers' Federation of
Malaysia (GAPENA) at Colombo in August 1985.
Mother Nature has neatened her sanction on the different landmasses
in an assortment of structures. Japan is famous for its diligent and
industrious citizens; Gulf for its colossal wealth and oil resources;
USA for its super power privileges, civil liberties and lavish
life-style; Germany for its immeasurable technological evolution.
Malaysia is blessed with its committed massive manpower, soaring
natural beauty and mottled, cultural heritage. 'Unity in diversity' is
the motto of the nation. It stakes the claim of cherishing one of the
most ancient and developed civilizations in the world. This peninsula
also gave birth to scores of great men of the 20th century, like
Dr.Mahathir Mohamad. Malaysia is one of the few modern states which is
heired to the rich civilization and a modern legacy, where modern day
visionaries emerge from the ruins of a great civilization.
The Federation of Malaysia comprises of Peninsula Malaysia and the
states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Although the
agriculture and industries account for a larger portion of the economy;
the tourism industry is developing at a rapid pace under well-planned
strategies, giving priority to conserving and protecting its main
tourist attractions, mammoth natural resources and pristine marine life.
Fine example of progress
One of the fine examples of development that goes in harmony with
nature is the eco-friendly development of river basins in Langkawi
Island as a tourist attraction. The wooden and concrete steps through
the bat caves were built in such a way that it does not disturb the
smooth functioning of diverse eco-systems, while providing tourists with
a close observation of the huge bat caves with lime stones and thousands
of years old parasites. On the other side of the river is a thriving
fish farm, and into the interior, an eagle feeding site which is one of
the most favourite stops-over of Arabs.
Here, the mangrove and marine is well-preserved, in spite of
thousands of tourists. The tours have been well-organized and small
groups were offered guided tours. The visitors are welcomed by
well-mannered and disciplined tour guides and drivers.
The system at work is so methodical that there is no room for
tourists to be cheated, at any point. This river reminded me of Madu
Ganga which is very much similar in vegetation and marine life.
However, haphazard incursions by humans have caused irreparable
damage to vegetation and marine life in and around the Madu Ganga. The
tour guides and the other staff are professionally trained, so that
almost everyone holds a High School Diploma in the relevant field.
Cheapest tourist destinations
Being one of the few cheapest tourist destinations in the world,
Malaysia offers the cheapest shopping breaks through hundreds of
accurately arrayed mega shopping malls and Boulevards throughout the
Trouble-free access by a variety of public transport; most efficient
train service, convenient bus and taxi services, and the assistance
provided by the professionally trained staff make the tourists
contented. Air -conditioned and comfortable public transport system is
not the exemption, but the rule.
Impressive Infrastructure which is at its height, depicts that the
Government is committed to maintain very high standards from the city to
the tiny hamlet. Greenery is omnipresent even in the buzzling
metropolitan, Kuala Lumpur, contributing to the well-balanced
In the city as well as in the villages, the roads and highways are
untainted daily, that it creates fresh air, and a garbage and dust-free
environment. It is unbelievable but true, that one does not gather a
particle of dust even after walking around Kuala Lumpur from morn till
Malaysia has proved attracting tourists not by advertising on ruins
and natural resources, but by providing excellent hospitality, service,
amenities and development of natural resources which is well-organised
Undoubtedly, Malaysia is an embodiment of natural resources, but the
real tourist attraction is the access to experience and adventure the
natural resources. Malaysia is an ideal holiday destination for anyone
who enjoys natural beauty, rich marine life and tracking in rainforests.
Surrounded by the sea, Malaysia offers sandy beaches around the
country, squashy climate throughout the year and an excellent
opportunity for tracking in the jungles of the eastern part of the
country, rafting and exploration, snorkeling and diving, mounting,
fishing etc. Kuala Lumpur and Penang are the cheapest shopping
destinations in general, and Langkawi Island is the cheapest shopping
destination for liquor and chocolates.
Genting highlands have been developed especially for those tourists
who enjoy a calm and quiet environment, and also as an amusement centres
in luxurious hotels.
"Malaysia my second home" scheme is really attractive and sustainable
and provides an opportunity for any individual or family to reside in
Malaysia. The cost of living is cheaper while qualitative living
standard is assured.
Malaysia has become a role model of sustainable development, mainly
due to its generation of farsighted national leaders who always had a
vision and a mission for the future wellbeing of the nation at heart.
The history of the world bear testimony to, beyond doubt, the fact
that few are men who are fully understood, accepted and recognized in
their own times. The scriptures advocate the principle of "
Nishkamakarma ". It is not for anyone to worry about the fruits of their
Once someone strives for brilliance in their assignments, the rewards
would themselves follow suit. The fact is amply manifest if we compare
Malaysia with most of the other Asian countries.
It is a pathetic state of affairs that even today the Asian countries
lagging behind had not thought of working together in sharing knowledge,
technology, human resources, and natural resources, as the then
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto rightly stated in one of her
speeches, " Asian countries must work together", in 1999, during her
visit to Sri Lanka.
As Lord Khrishna correctly points out to Arjuna in Bhagavath Geetha,
selfishness is the root cause of all miseries. Selfishness arises from
egoism. Invariably, one should be egoistic enough to meet one's basic
needs. But when greed overtakes need, one turns a blind eye towards
The nation shall prosper only if each citizen pledges to safeguard
the interest of the community. The planning of the tourism industry
itself in Malaysia, testify to this where sumptuous spenders as well as
scholars, and low spending tourists can afford and equally enjoy the