• The Wau kites of Malaysia are perhaps the most beautiful of all kites. They are the symbol of that progressive Southeast Asian country in general and of Air Malaysia in particular. Constructed by craftsmen all over the nation, they are identified most closely with the state of Kelantan in the far northeast. The heartland is the town of Kota Bahru.
  • Carved out of rubber and palm oil plantations and scrubland a quarter century ago, the industrial town of Pasir Gudang in peninsular Malaysia’s Johor state, bordered on the south by Singapore, is a bit soulless. It has factories staffed by people from all over the country, plus a fair number of foreign workers. Sense of community is lacking.