Time-Traveling in Malaysia

For the curious, Kampung Baru is just one rail stop away from the towers — a matter of one ringgit (about 30 U.S. cents) and less than 10 minutes. It’s a small effort to visit one of the few places left in the city that offers a glimpse of an older style of Malay life (along with a rendition of the national dish, nasi lemak, that’s reputedly hard to beat). There’s even some urgency, as city developers try to find ways to modernize the area, though first they would have to untangle the titles to the land — as generation has succeeded generation, some plots have ended up with dozens of owners. (Wall Street Journal Asia, October 16, 2009)


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