No less than thirty national parks have been identified throughout the country, but also four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Kinabalu Park, Gunung Mulu Park, Lenggong Valley and the historic cities of Malacca Strait, Melaka and Georgetown. So many sites open, at least partially, to the public that it would be a pity not to visit! While deforestation is a reality that should not be overlooked, it is also necessary to recognize the means implemented to protect local natural and cultural heritage.
A mosaic of cultures :
There is a tendency to think that Malaysia is the result of a melting pot. But if Malaysia has been a land of immigration for many centuries, the populations, with rare exceptions, have never mixed. The law is thus made: a non-Malaysian, if he wants to marry a Malaise, must first convert to Islam. Although the majority of the inhabitants remain of Malaysian origin, the mosaic has gradually opened up to Malaysians of Chinese and Indian origin, not to mention the first inhabitants of the region: the Orang Asli on the peninsula, the various indigenous tribes on the Borneo side and finally the Métis populations (Eurasians, Peranakan, etc.). A salad composed more than a melting pot, with a real national pride, which in the end is a richness for the country.
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