MALEZIJA – MALAYSIA

Zeleznicka stanica u Kuala Lumpuru-The railway station in KL

Zeleznicka stanica u Kuala Lumpuru-The railway station in KL

Air Asia

Air Asia

Dzamija u Kucingu-The Old State Mosque of Kuching

Dzamija u Kucingu-The Old State Mosque of Kuching

Morski plodovi se nude ispred restorana-Seafood is being offered in front of a restaurant

Morski plodovi se nude ispred restorana-Seafood is being offered in front of a restaurant

Nacionalna dzamija modernog enterijera-The National Mosque Masjid Negara with a modern interior

Nacionalna dzamija modernog enterijera-The National Mosque Masjid Negara with a modern interior

Petronas kule bliznakinje su najvise na svetu-The Petronas Towers-the tallest twin buildings in the world

Petronas kule bliznakinje su najvise na svetu-The Petronas Towers-the tallest twin buildings in the world

Policijska stanica u Kucingu-The police station in Kuching

Policijska stanica u Kucingu-The police station in Kuching

Retki Proboscis majmuni-Rare Proboscis monkeys

Retki Proboscis majmuni-Rare Proboscis monkeys

Specijaliteti iz mora-Seafood specialities

Specijaliteti iz mora-Seafood specialities

Spomenik mackama u Kucingu-A monument to the cats in Kuching

Spomenik mackama u Kucingu-A monument to the cats in Kuching

Sultanova zgrada u centru Kuala Lumpura-The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in the centre of KL

Sultanova zgrada u centru Kuala Lumpura-The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in the centre of KL

Tradicionalne kuce u drzavi Saravak-Traditional houses in the state of Sarawak

Tradicionalne kuce u drzavi Saravak-Traditional houses in the state of Sarawak

U Centralnom parku Kuala Lumpura-In KL's Central Park

U Centralnom parku Kuala Lumpura-In KL’s Central Park

U ulici hrane-Food market on the street

U ulici hrane-Food market on the street

Ulaz u Batu pecine i hindu hram severno od Kuala Lumpura-The entrance to Batu caves and a Hindu temple north of Kuala Lumpur

Ulaz u Batu pecine i hindu hram severno od Kuala Lumpura-The entrance to Batu caves and a Hindu temple north of Kuala Lumpur

Zalazak sunca na obali u Kucingu-Kuching Waterfront at sunset

Zalazak sunca na obali u Kucingu-Kuching Waterfront at sunset

U reklami za ovu zemlju  kaže se Malaysia truly Asia – Malezija, istinska
Azija. Ona to zaista i jeste u najpotpunijem smislu reči. Ne samo da su u
miru zastupljene sve azijske, već i skoro sve svetske religije koje tu, u
harmoniji, nalaze svoj suživot. Islam je, ipak, glavna, državna religija,
koja se, u jakom budističko-hinduističkom okruženju, pa i hrišćanskom, ne
oseća u tolikoj meri, posebno na poluostrvu Penang.
Glavni grad Kuala Lumpur je najveći i najlepši tropski park koji sam
posetio. U njemu, kroz pravu džunglu gradskog zelenila, prolaze avenije i
monorail, železnica između krošnji drveća. Čuvene Petronas kule bliznakinje,
najviše na svetu, nestvarno blešte u noći, kao da su sa drugog sveta, dok iz
okolnih klubova odjekuje najsavremenija muzika za mlade. Zgodne i oskudno
obučene devojke svih religija jos više podgrevaju ionako usijani ambijent
noćnog provoda, koji izgleda tako kao da nikada ne prestaje. I one druge, sa
neobavezno prebačenim velom, čine ovaj multietnički kolorit zanimljivijim,
posebno kad prošetaju najvećom gradskom džamijom od stakla i belog mermera.
Moderna arhitektura i u Islamu ima svoje uporište.
Ogromne bele peščane plaže okružuju Malajsko poluostrvo, ali najlepše su
ipak na severnom delu ostrva Borneo, u provinciji Sabah, gde se nalazi pravi
ronilački raj.
Iako Borneo uvek asocira na orangutane i neobuzdanu divljinu, ovo je ipak
Malezija u kojoj je skoro sve civilizovano, pa i divljina Bornea.
Kučing, glavni grad provincije Saravak, deluje savremeno, ali sa primesama
avanture, koja vas čeka čim se rečnim tokovima malo dublje zađe u džunglu.
Mnogo dublje zalaženje se ne preporučuje, jer plemena postaju sve divljija
kako se približavate indonežanskom delu ostrva, koji se naziva Kalimantan.
Posebno je zanimljiva i jedinstvena vrsta dugonosih (Proboscis) majmuna,
izdužene, crvene njuške koja podseća na minijaturnu slonovu surlu.
Hrana u Maleziji je skoro najimpresivniji doživljaj; to je praznik za sva
čula, simfonija ukusa i mirisa u svim kombinacijama. Ona morska znači da
pred sobom imate sve što ste ikada znali i niste znali da živi u moru, a
sada je pred vama tek izvađeno i čeka da se pripremi onako kako poželite.
Ali možda je bolje da ne znate kako se sprema; iznenađenje je sigurno veće,
a ukus bogatiji za nešto što nikada nećete saznati šta je bilo, ali što ćete
uvek pamtiti. Mesto za pripremanje takve hrane po pravilu je ulica. Mislim
da nigde nisam probao bolju hranu od morskih plodova nego u Maleziji;
posebno mi se dopala raža.
Još jedna prednost ove zemlje je low cost aviokompanija Air Asia, koja vas
najsavremenijim avionima i po vrlo povoljnijim cenama prevozi po celom
regionu.
Postoji mnogo razloga da se otputuje u Maleziju, jer ona je zaista Azija u
malom, a i velikom smislu te reči.

Januar 2007.
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A commercial says Malaysia truly Asia. Malaysia is true Asia in every sense
of the word. Almost all of the world’s religions, not just the Asian
religions, have found a harmonious and peaceful co-existence in Malaysia.
While Islam is still the official religion, as proclaimed by the state, its
presence does not seem to be as strong because it is surrounded by a
significant Buddhist-Hindu environment, as well as Christianity, especially
on the Penang peninsula.
The capital city of Kuala Lumpur is the biggest and nicest tropical park I
have visited. In this park of a city, avenues as well as monorail, a railway
that winds between treetops, cut through a veritable jungle of city
greenery. The famous Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest in the world, sparkle
surreally in the night, like they are from another world, while the most up
to date music of the young generation can be heard from the surrounding
clubs. Good looking and scantily clad girls of all religions make the hot
night life even hotter – it seems to never stop. And those other girls with
a veil casually thrown on, make the multiethnic mix even  more colourful,
especially as they walk around the city’s biggest mosque made of white
marble and glass. Modern architecture is favoured by Islam.
Long white sandy beaches run along the edges of the Malay peninsula, but the
most beautiful ones are to be found in the Northern parts of the island of
Borneo, in the Province of Sabah, where you can find a true divers’
paradise. Even though Borneo is associated with orangutans and untamed
wilderness, this is still Malaysia where everything is civilised, even the
wilderness of Borneo.
Kuching, the capital city of the Province of Sarawak looks modern, but with
a hint of adventure lurking as soon as the river takes you deeper into the
jungle. Going really deep into the jungle is not recommended as the tribes
are increasingly wild the closer you get to the Indonesian part of the
island, Kalimantan. Particularly interesting and unique species is the
long-nosed or Proboscis monkey with an elongated, red muzzle which reminds
one of a miniature elephant trunk.
Perhaps the Malaysian food provides for the most memorable experience; it is
a feast for all the senses, a symphony of tastes and fragrances in all
combinations. The seafood means everything that you knew and that you did
not know lived in the sea, freshly caught and waiting in front of you to be
prepared any way you like it. However, it may be better if you do not know
how it is prepared; the surprise is bigger and the taste so much richer if
you never find out what it actually was, but you always remember how
delicious it was. As a rule of thumb, this food is prepared in the street. I
don’t think I have ever had better seafood than in Malaysia; I especially
liked manta ray.
Another attraction of this country is the low cost airline Air Asia, which
takes you around the entire region in the most modern aircrafts at very
competitive prices.
There are many reasons to visit Malaysia as it really is Asia in small; and
in many senses it is gigantic as well.

January 2007

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