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'Beauty and diversity in the southern seas'

Kuala Lumpur is a capital city caught in a metropolitan limbo. It strives to be Singapore, but at times feels more like Bangkok (Thailand's capital) and it is this tension between the clean, clinical efficiency of Singapore, and the rough edges of Bangkok, that conjures up much of the Kuala Lumpur's undoubted charm. In a moment you will be racing across town on the recent monorail with the Petronas Towers, the world’s second tallest building soaring into the heavens, and the next you are dumped at street level among the hawker stands and the nightmare traffic.

When poor tin miners first settled around the mosquito-ridden banks of the muddy Gombak and Klang rivers in 1857, little could they have dreamed that within a century and a half, Kuala Lumpur would have become 1 of Asia’s most lively and exciting cities.

Kuala Lumpur, which translates into ‘muddy confluence’, has rapidly grown with amazing speed since the tin mining days. A growth that took on epic proportions after independence and especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as the ‘Asian Tiger’ economy fueled an ever-changing skyline. The change has left old Chinese houses and faded colonial mansions sitting along side huge glass and steel towers, while food hawkers and fortune tellers walk the streets with businessmen and tourists.

One of the most admired aspects of this city is the level of tolerance displayed by its residents. The ethnic Malays, Chinese, Indians and Europeans all living and working together with few racial problems, far less than those experienced in Europe or North America.

To a number of Malaysians, the capital is the Ibukota (‘Mother City’) and it is well treated with excellent reverence and fondly referred as ‘KL’. The capital r has been coming out from the crisis that gripped the area’s economies in the late 1990s. Dozens of incomplete construction and infrastructure projects are now getting done. The development of Putrajaya, the new administrative capital, and Cyberjaya, the main part of the new Multimedia Super Corridor, are currently bringing KL back towards the goals set by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Much of the city's future depends on the new Malaysian leader, Abdullah Badawi, who took over Dr Mahathir on 31 October 2003 after 22 years in power.

One thing you can always count on in Kuala Lumpur is the climate, with warm daytime temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms, passing instantly to leave the evenings cool and rain free.