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Malaysia This Week (1 - 9 August 2015)
Heralded in the International New York Times as one of Asia’s hottest up-and- coming arts events, Penang’s George Town Festival returns this August with an unbeatable lineup of local and international performances, exhibitions and events. In keeping with its mission to prioritize community initiatives, GTF will introduce two street festivals to this year's line-up. ATM @ Beach Street, or All Things Malaysian, will celebrate the country's rich cultural tapestry with a full day of pop-up shops, installations, dancers, live music and more. Butterworth Fringe Festival, or BFF, will ferry the festival over to the mainland, giving festival-goers a chance to see and experience a wide range of performers while enjoying a different view of Penang.

KL City Grand Prix is An epic 3.2 km race through the city streets within the heart of Kuala Lumpur.Where high performance race cars will battle it out amidst Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic landmarks. Do not miss this opportunity to be a part of a world class motor sports extravaganza.

Entering its 18th year, the Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo. With 22 groups of local and foreign musicians performing this year, visitors can expect various genres of world beat ranging from authentic Georgian folk music, traditional Mongolian music, and a Basque traditional music to fusion and traditional.

MALAYSIA THIS WEEK

EVENTS

KLAF 2015 (Horse Power Challenge)
The Horsepower Challenge, held at National Stadium Bukit Jalil, was one of the many competition at the 2015 Auto Fair. This event was all about the numbers, as each vehicle’s peak horsepower and torque numbers were added together for an overall total, per pull.

The vehicle with the highest overall number (sum of horsepower and torque) would be declared the winner of the event. Each truck was given the opportunity to make three pulls, with the highest of the three pulls counting. Therefore, a high-horsepower, low-torque pull could result in the same number as a low-horsepower, high-torque pull.

The horsepower and torque numbers had to come from the same pull. The bottom line was that each competitor aimed for maximum horsepower and maximum torque.
KL Auto Fair 2015
"Dekat Je” Campaign Launch
RWMF 2015 Media Preview
Penang Bridge Half Marathon 2015
Dance Festival 2015
The Malaysia International Food & Beverage Trade Fair (MIFB) 2015
Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2015
1001 Satu Rasa Sate Kajang 2015
Royal FLORIA Putrajaya

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Miri Town
Miri is the 2nd largest city in Sarawak and has a population of 300,000 people with a mixture of Chinese, indigineous tribes who have moved down from their native lands that have been logged, and Malays (mostly immigrated to Miri by way of government postings or from forefathers emigrating from Brunei).

Miri is Sarawak and Malaysia’s first Oil producing area. Oil was first officially recorded in 1882 by Claude Champion de Crespigny, the British Resident of the Baram district in Sarawak. The locals had been using this black substance long before, collecting it for medicinal use, for waterproofing of boats and for lighting oil lamps. It was not until 1910 when the first oil company moved in to exploit its wealth.

Sarawak Shell were given the sole rights to mining oil in Miri until 1954 when the onshore oilfields dried out and exploration turned to the rich oil wells located in the seedbeds. Today, the oldest Oil Well in Miri is a reminder of the humble beginnings of Sarawak and more appropriately, Malaysia’s dependence on this commodity that has made the country what it is. The oil well is affectionately called ‘The Grand Old Lady’ and is located on Canada Hill. According to local myth, the hill is named such because of a Canadian who relocated in the early years as a recruitment manager, recruiting local and foreign workers as hands at the oil wells that quickly sprung up around the area.

After a productive run with an estimated 660,000 barrels of oil drawn from the oil well, The Grand Old Lady was shut down in 1972. Next to the Grand Old Lady, the Miri Petroleum Science Museum exhibits the history and technicalities of the industry. Miri has not much else to do and so a visit to this museum would be pretty much the highlight of your stay. Imagine highlighting Curtin University as a major tourist destination in the ‘Visit Miri brochure’, that’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel!

For those interested in parks and gardens, there are a total of 14 such locations around Miri locale. Miri also has their share of music festivals with its International Jazz Festival held May annually.

The other interesting place of visit is the tamu market called Tamu Muhibbah. It’s open daily and is located just a stone’s throw from the Tourist Information Centre. There are 2 sections to the market: the wet section where local and imported vegetable and meat produce are sold and the dry section where you can get local fruits like Buah Salak, durian, lime on sale here. Hill rice from Bario and Ba’Kelalan is also on sale here. The indigenous people bring their produce from the hills and jungles to sell here. However, it’s certainly more noticeable that compared to a decade ago, the variety in jungle produce has reduced greatly. The local people laments that it is not due to the weather conditions (Miri has been encountering strange weather conditions in recent years) but because there really isn’t much of a jungle for them to go to.
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