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5 Unique Facts About Malaysia


5 Unique Facts About Malaysia

18 Aug 2022
by Stefanie

We all know that Malaysia is the food capital of the world; that we are one of the most multicultural countries accompanied with stunning flora and fauna. But what are some very unique facts about Malaysia that us Malaysians might not know about? Let us be awed by these facts and come to appreciate our wonderful country even more!

1. Did you know that the Malaysian flag was decided through a contest?
It was designed by Mohamad Hamzah, a 29-year-old architect who won the contest in 1963. The contest was opened to help decide on a new flag to symbolize the addition of three states – Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore that joined the Federation of Malaya; after which the name was later changed to Malaysia.

2. The world's largest undiscovered treasure hoard from a lost ship lurks somewhere on the seafloor of the Straits of Malacca.
When the Portuguese ship, Flora De La Mar (Flower of the Sea) struck a reef and sank in December 1511, it was carrying the richest treasure ever collected by the Portuguese navy. Modern-day pirates have been spotted patrolling the Malaysian straits as the ship is expected to have carried $3 billion in gold and precious stones.

3. We have many highways and are home to the world’s biggest roundabout.
Malaysia has 65,877 kilometers of highway roads in total, which is even greater than the circumference of the Earth (40,075 kilometers). Besides that, Putrajaya currently houses the biggest roundabout in the world, with a total diameter of 3.5 kilometers.

4. The Hokkien phrase ke-tsiap, which refers to a fermented sauce dish, is thought to have inspired the English word ‘ketchup’.
The Chinese traders carried this sauce to Melaka, and it was here that the Europeans first encountered it.

5. Malaysia is one of the few Asian countries to have received UNESCO status.
Malaysia now has four World Heritage Sites; two are cultural and the other two are natural.

• Historical Cities Along the Straits of Malacca: Malacca & George Town
• Lenggong Valley: Archaeological Haven
• Gunung Mulu National Park: Pinnacles of Nature
• Kinabalu Park: A Natural Ecosystem