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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Melaka Travelogue Photos by Mahaguru58

I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Melaka, the historical city state of Malaysia.

Whenever I have the time and means, I would love nothing more than to drive down to visit Melaka which I still have lots more of its historical places to visit and carry out some photography.

The Melaka State Government should capitalize on Melaka's heritage and open up new areas especially in event management.

The authorities can re-enact the historic Melaka Sultanate's glorious era by allowing Malay theatrical groups to stage plays at the Melaka Sultanate Museum featuring the times of Sultan Mansor Shah receiving foreign traders at his palace. 

Instead of the RM2 entrance ticket fee, charge RM10 a head. That will cover the costs of engaging the theatrical group and generate more income for the state government!

Learn from other countries such as the United States of America, who regularly stage the re-enactment of their Civil War. Complete with actors and volunteers who dress up as Confederate and Republican soldiers! They are a huge tourist attraction. They generate lots of tourist dollars for the state.

Melaka can surely find willing theatrical groups who can dress up as the Sultanate of Melaka warriors, Portuguese soldiers, Indian Gujerati merchants, Chinese traders, etc.

If those in charge of Melaka wanna find out more, they are welcome to contact  me. I'll be more than happy to cooperate on this money making program.

Where there's a will, surely there'll be a way!

In the meantime, come and see what I managed to capture of the sights and scenes during my unplanned day trip over there in Melaka recently.




Along the Melaka River.










The weather was still hazy when I was visitiing Melaka so that stopped me from staying out too long.

Insya Allah if the situation permits, I'd return once more to Melaka and take more photos to be shared here with you, my readers.

Till then, here's wishing you all the best in Iman, health and wealth!

Jonker Walk Jinx ~ Nazri Aziz now promoting the Counterfeit Trade Night Market?

Jonker Walk (Photo Source)
I am referring to the recent brouhaha created by Dato Seri Nazri Aziz, the Malaysian Tourism Minister over the decision by the Chief Minister of Melaka, Dato Wira Ir.Haji Idris Haron to close down Jonker Walk to facilitate a smoother traffic flow in the historical city!

The question is why Nazri Aziz seems to be so gung ho about Jonker Walk's closure?

Nazri seems to be encroaching into the  Melaka Chief Minister's power and authority in deciding as to what is good for YAB Dato Wira Ir. Haji Idris Haron's Melaka State Government's official affairs?

Jonker Walk is infamous as the 'counterfeit centre' in historical Melaka! There is nothing that the people of Melaka can be proud of especially when we all know about the type of business that goes on in the night market there!

Fake goods and imitation products are being sold to the travellers and tourists who flock to the night market. Read about enforcement officers raiding the night market and confiscating counterfeit goods here

Is Nazri Aziz supporting the counterfeiters by demanding the Melaka State Government to rescind its decision to close down the night market?

Is Jonker Walk the only tourist attraction that Melaka has to offer?

Hello???

Melaka is our nation's most historical state and the real attractions that we should be promoting about Melaka is its history and the heritage left behind by the world famous history of the Sultanate of Melaka!

The glorious 'Empayar Kesultanan Melayu Melaka' had been the major reason why the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonial powers came to conquer the historical city in the first place!

That is what the Tourism Ministry should focus upon and help the Melaka State Government promote it's heritage!

Not the 'Jonker Walk's infamous night market where the mainly Chinese traders tout counterfeit goods and rip off the unsuspecting tourists by selling fake goods branded as original

Read about another case concerning the counterfeiting trade that takes place there in Jonker Walk, here!

Nazri Aziz seems to have a penchant to champion anti-establishment negativity! He supported the notorious uncouth Namewee, the rapping rascal who insulted Islam and the Malays plus insulting the Malaysian national anthem with his own parody!



Despite the many protests from pissed off Malaysians who demanded that action be taken against the foul mouthed Chinese chauvinist  Nazri Aziz continued to give the troublemaker his total support! 






Even the Malaysian Cabinet rejected the fella but Nazri Aziz supports him!
Nazri Aziz needs to seriously look at the consequences of supporting such detrimental issues and instead look towards supporting the Melaka Chief Minister YAB Dato Wira Ir.Haji Idris Haron in promoting rightful attractions that the entire nation can be proud of in Melaka, the Historical State!


YAB Dato Wira Ir.Haji Idris Haron, the Chief Minister of the Melaka State Government surely has taken into consideration the various implications of allowing the Jonker Walk night market to continue!

The counterfeit trade that has been flourishing at the night market will surely be brought to a halt when the Melaka State Government puts a stop to it and brings back the state's tourism activities to focus on legitimate and authentic heritage based tourist attractions.

If the Melaka Chief Minister capitulates to the demands of Nazri Aziz, then he is in danger of getting to be known as the 'Flip Flop Chief Minister of Melaka'.

Let's all hope that Idris Haron sticks to his guns and see to it that Jonker Walk Counterfeit Trade is no more!

Nazri Aziz should know better than to give support to any such illegal trade and let His Excellency, YAB Dato Wira Ir. Haji Idris Haron run Melaka on his own.

The Tourism Ministry ought to focus on highlighting our country's legitimate tourist attractions and other heritage based events instead of going on to support contraband trade areas such as Jonker Walk over there in Melaka!

How about Petaling Street here in KL?



Does Nazri Aziz not know that Petaling Street is another notorious counterfeit items trading center? Counterfeit Capital of KL!

Maybe he would like to go endorse that notorious street market too?

A probable dialogue from a Cinabeng fake goods trader :

'Psst! Wanna buy an original 'copy' Rolex?' 

Shop at Jonker Walk or Petaling Street!







Pirated DVD's? XXX VCD's?

We are supported by the Tourism Minister himself! :D'



Counterfeit fragrances?

Countries such as France take steps to put a stop to the counterfeiters trade by destroying confiscated fake goods but here in Malaysia we have a Minister who is prone to supporting it inadvertently by asking that the night market which supports such piracy remain open!


Nazri Aziz surely couldn't be that naive to overlook the fact that most of the traders there in Jonker Walk are selling counterfeit goods produced in China?

Read the report here.

By keeping Jonker Walk open, he will in a way be supporting such illegal trade!

Stop the counterfeit trade by closing down Jonker Walk! Melaka has much more legitimate attractions to offer!


Malaysia seriously needs to have wiser ministers than what we currently have!

Wan Aina Batrisya - Nasyid Singer, Storyteller, Future Pilot - Live Performance!

After Jumaat prayers today, I went to have my lunch at Jalan Jujur, Bandar Tun Razak today. 

I saw this restaurant @ Three DND Catering Sdn Bhd and decided to have my lunch there as they were serving local Malay foods.

While I was having my lunch, I saw this petite energetic bundle of energy chattering away at a table nearby.

Seems that she was the granddaughter of the restaurant owners and it was a pleasure to see her chat animatedly with her father and was a joy to witness the youthful exuberance of this little child.

After my lunch, I called out to her and asked whether she had started schooling?

She was so excited to tell me about herself and wasn't at all shy to share about her passion for the things she was studying at a religious school in Cheras Jaya.

I took the opportunity to record herself performing several nasyid songs and an impromptu kindergarten song performance!

I was the one getting overwhelmed by her energy and enthusiasm! :P

May Allah bless Wan Aina Batrisya! 









She was so full of energy just like our nieces Nurul Athirah and Al Husna Batrisyia back in Kuantan where they were just so eager to perform for us when we visited them several years back!



These kids are so full of energy and brilliant. May Allah bless and protect them as they grow up. May they become good Muslimahs and be successful in their life's.

Ameen.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tanjong Sepat Chinese Fishing Village, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Mahaguru58's Travelogue.

Yesterday, I drove to Tanjong Sepat, Selangor Darul Ehsan to do some photography along the coast and to see for myself what Tanjong Sepat had to offer?

It was hazy all the way and I felt my eyes burning as I drove on. There are no Rest & Relax areas along the way and one can only depend on the petrol station's toilet facilities to ease oneself when the need arises.

Selangor is not that picturesque as the other states especially in its rural areas.

There are only rows and rows of oil palm estates flanking the trunk roads all the way down to its coastal areas.

The seafront is usually muddy and inaccessible. Even at Morib, the seafront is the same and there's no speakable beaches to go to.

Maybe it's due to the way, nature has intended it to be because Selangor is along the Straits of Malacca and as such doesn't have white sandy beaches unlike the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia where states such as Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor face the South China Sea and are gifted with nice blue seas and visitable beachfronts.

Anyway, I reached Tanjong Sepat without getting lost for I had switched on my Waze GPS application on my Galaxy Note 1 and it showed me the way just fine. 

Thanks Waze! You have been a great help for this exploring photographer blogger.

Tanjong Sepat is a totally Chinese fishing village despite it's Malay name.

According to a Chinese man whom I met there, there are only two Malay families living in the area. All the rest are Chinese. Rows and rows of houses along many streets that reminded me of the Weld Quay foreshore Chinese fishing villages back home in Penang Island.



These fishing boats were practically stuck on the mudbank of the river here pending the incoming sea tide which would enable them to be driven out to the open sea.

There were a few foreign looking fishermen doing some repair work on one of the boats and from their language and accent, I gather that they were Southern Thai's.



Some of the Chinese who were present there looked at me curiously. It must have seemed very odd for them to see a kopiah wearing Mamak carrying a DSLR camera going along the river bank taking photos of the area there. 



Hehehehe. Like some odd looking character suddenly appearing in their midst! White Beard Alert! 

These fellas were sort of relaxing under the shade of a humongous tree. Just like the huge tree that we all saw in the James Cameron blockbuster movie 'Avatar'.



They even had a shed complete with a television and sort of a make do Chinese Kopitiam there for the lounging Chinese reading newspapers and playing checkers in the shade.

Just after the tree, there stood a huge 'Swallows Nesting House'. You know? 

The kind of building that these 'Bird Nests' harvesters erect and play non stop the recorded sound of the swallows call to attract the swallows to build their very valuable birds nests from their saliva and which these guys collect, process, pack and sell them at a very high price to the Chinese connoisseurs back in China and Taiwan!



After collecting and processing these swallows bird nests, the end product looks like these:

The medicinal and therapeutic values of these swallow bird's nests is said to be good for aiding digestion, raising one's libido, improving the human voice, alleviating asthma, improving focus, and an overall benefit to one's immune system! 

Who knows if it is true? The Chinese in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan are quite willing to pay handsomely to taste this 'Caviar of the East'! It is said that they are willing to pay up to US$2,000.00 for a kilogram of the 'white nests' and even upto US$20,000.00 for a kilogram of the 'red nests'!

Fuyoo!!! No wonder that those who have the means do buy land and build these huge nesting buildings and invest in all kinds of paraphernalia to attract the swallow to come and nest in their structures!!!

Money! Money! Money! It's a rich Chinaman's World! :P

I then came across a Chinese temple that was built along the foreshore of the Tanjong Sepat coastline. Here is a shot of the temple's gateway structure.


Every Chinese village will have its own Chinese temple and the Tanjong Sepat Chinese folks have theirs. 


In the distance there was a structure that looked like a fishing kelong. In the foreground, the ground was full of these reddish earth. Maybe they are planning to build something here. Maybe a seafood restaurant. Who knows?

I also saw this man doing something on the foreshore of Tanjong Sepat. I had absolutely no idea at all as to what he was doing? 



Maybe he was seeding the foreshore with cockle spawn? He was using an apparatus and sort of ploughing the mud cum sandy foreshore. Any of you have any idea as to his actions?



I saw a few persons walking along the jetty structure at the Tanjong Sepat coastline and took the following picture. Looked quite nice. The scenery.



One thing I noticed about the mudbank of the river there at Tanjong Sepat is that it's still unpolluted. The reason being that there were lots of these estuarine Mudskippers @ Ikan Belacak or Tembakul going about their ways on the muddy shores there.

I was lucky to have brought my zoom lens which enabled me to take these following shots. Hope you like them too.



Wish I could get closer to these beautiful creatures but they were very quick to disappear into the pool or river water the minute I got closer! Hehehehe.








There were also quite a few of these 'mangrove crabs' that scuttled about with their giant claws. Here are some shots.





I would love to go photographing more of these wonderful seashore creatures that we still have living here in Malaysia.

Insya Allah, when I have the time, money and good health, I will go exploring further. I love taking photos and videos of wildlife, flora and fauna.

Till then, here's Mahaguru58 wishing you my readers a blessed time here on Earth and may Allah protect us from harm caused by those who seem not to appreciate the relative peace and harmony we have here in Malaysia.