Malaysians Are Like the Rainbow

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Malaysians Are Like The Rainbow
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... Twin Towers; tallest in the world, an emblem of Malaysian pride and Putrajaya; a modern city. All these have proven the competitive spirit of Malaysians... Malaysians are like the rainbow. Seven different colours streaking across the sky. Captivating and pleasant to the eyes. Reminiscent of the bridge that connects both sides of the world. The rainbow reflects upon our country, Malaysia. By looking at the big picture, it is a nation consisting of colourful people and religion. I believe in the true spirit of 'Malaysia Boleh' and it is not just any MAD hollering in the stadium. It is who we are, Malaysians. Malaysians are undoubtedly capable of achieving their dreams and hopes. Look at what Malaysians have accomplished so far since "Merdeka", what we also know as independence or the day this country obtained freedom from foreign powers. For forty five years, Malaysians have recorded many incredible feats along the way. To name a few would be easy, such as the Petronas Twin Towers; tallest in the world, an emblem of Malaysian pride and Putrajaya; a modern city. All these have proven the competitive spirit of Malaysians. What others are capable of, we can do it too. That is what 'boleh' all about. Moreover, it means that as a Malaysian, you have to play your role in bringing this country a head above the rest. In my opinion, that is what being a Malaysian means.          The greatest gift which all Malaysians are blessed with; which most of us do not realize, is that our country is one of the most peaceful places on earth. I am really thankful that I was born a Malaysian. Not in any other country like Afghanistan or being born an 'untouchable'; the lowest caste in India. I am the most privileged person on earth. I am living in a country that is united, advanced and harmonious. Isn't that great? I feel lucky even till today, as I am...

Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25km south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to the overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur areas. Nevertheless, Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia's national capital, being the seat of the King and Parliament, as well as the country's commercial and financial centre. Putrajaya was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. In 2001, Putrajaya became Malaysia's third Federal Territory after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan. Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the city is situated within the Multimedia Super Corridor, beside the also newly developed Cyberjaya. In Malay/Sanskrit, the words "putra" or "putera" means "prince" or "male child" ("girl child" is called "Putri" in Sanskrit), and "jaya" means "success" or "victory". The development of Putrajaya started in early 1990s, and today major landmarks are completed and the population is expected to grow bigger.

Putrajaya, which was originally Prang Besar ڤراڠ بسر, was opened in 1918 as Air Hitam by the British. Its original land space was 800 acres (3.2 km2), which was later expanded to 8,000 acres (32 km2). Prang Besar later expanded and merged with its surrounding estates such as Estet Raja Alang, Estet Galloway and Estet Bukit Prang. The vision to have a new Federal Government Administrative Centre to replace Kuala Lumpur as the administrative capital emerged in the late 1980s, during the tenure of Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad. The new city was proposed to be located between Kuala Lumpur and the new KL International Airport (KLIA). The Federal government negotiated with the state of Selangor on the prospect of another Federal Territory and in the mid-1990s, the Federal government paid a substantial amount of money to Selangor for approximately 11,320 acres (45.8 km2) of land in Prang Besar,...
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