Beaches of Malaysia

Topics: Tourism, Beach, Malaysia Pages: 15 (5555 words) Published: September 30, 2013


Petaling Jaya College of Art and Design

MPW1133 Semester 1

Malaysian Studies
Miss Norzareen Mashral

Introduction to Malaysian Beaches
Tourism in Malaysian Beaches
Beaches of Langkawi
Trip to Kuala Selangor
Trip to Melaka Beaches
Trip to Pantai Morib
Pollution of Malaysian Beaches
Solution to Pollution

Introduction to the Beaches in Malaysia
Malaysia has many fine beaches and clear seas that in ancient history were used as a location of trading and commerce. The port of Melaka in specific began under a Malay Sultanate. The Arabs, Chinese, Indians were among the people who were brave enough to fight pass the pirate infested waters and continued their journey into the straits of Melaka. Parameswara[Footnote] himself compelled ships to rest at Melaka where entry port was offered in exchange of goods from the west and east, warehouse facilities and good accommodation for merchants and seamen waiting for change of monsoon winds. Melaka has Pulau Besar, Pulau Upeh and Pantai Kundur which is a small fishing village and Tanjung Keling which is the beach nearest from town. During war time Pulau Upeh was used scouting point for invading ships and was a pirate nesting ground. The seas of Penang were once conquered by Captain Francis Light of British East India Company, and were renamed as Prince of Wales Island in honour of the British throne heir. In 14thcentury, Portuguese traders from India used Penang as centre for food and water traded with the villagers. Before, there were fishing and malay villages border this beach, today it is replaced by beach resorts and hotels. Just like Pulau Upeh in Melaka, the beaches of Langkawi were once a nesting ground for pirates too. Many of the islands and dense tropical rainforest provided a hiding spot for the illegal activities. The pirates can move from islet to islet without being detected which protected them from justice. It was once thought the island of Langkawi was cursed by Mahsuri, an innocent lady who had been accused of having affair with a young man named Deraman while her husband had to go to war. The villagers tied her to a tree and tried to stab her as were the punishment for infidelity. Strangely enough all the attempts on her life did not kill her until she asked to be stabbed by her family keris. She cursed the island of Langkawi for seven generations of bad luck.[Footnote] Many locals believed it was true, saying that Langkawi was undeveloped and had many of unfortunate circumstances after Mahsuri’s death till the seventh generation was over and the island became prosperous. Malaysian beaches have intrinsic historical and cultural importance in our growth as a country. Its value has evolved from being a source for merchants to trade goods and commit business to being a tourism attraction and a valuable source of income for Malaysia.

Tourism in Malaysia’s Beaches
The third largest source of income from foreign exchange for Malaysia is Tourism. The government pushed to diversify the economy so as not to be so reliant on exports. As of 2010, Malaysia has ranked the 9th most visited country in the world in United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) list of 10 most visited.[Footnote] One of the major attractions is the thousands of beaches of Malaysia. Noticeably differing from the beaches of other countries in the world, the shoreline is often laid beside large portions of forests, lending the colour palette a green ocean view and golden sandy beaches. It is very much different from the white and blue sands of the Caribbean and other national beaches. Many bungalows, beach resorts and luxury hotels spanned the east and west coast of Malaysia, hoping to earn from the...

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