Kedah 'land of peace and tranquility'

Entertainment ivanp7 December 9, 2016 0 30
Kedah and Perlis are two separate states in Malaysia. They are treated here together because Perlis, the smallest of the 'ordinary' states once part of Kedah. Penang which historically was also part of Kedah is touristy too important not to treat separately. Kedah praises itself as the 'land of peace and tranquility, "and also known as the" rice bowl of Malaysia. These descriptions are not stolen, but Kedah is also important because too touristy Langkawi belongs to its territory. Perlis, although mainly a farming state itself under the motto "land of knowledge" set a goal to create economically and socially innovative impulses through education.

General information

Kedah has an area of ​​9425 km² and 1.97 million inhabitants. This therefore gives a population density of 209 inhabitants per km². It is located in the northwest of Malaysia on the peninsula surrounded by Perlis and Thailand in the north, Perak in the east and south and the Strait of Malacca in the west. The population is predominantly Malay with significant minorities of Chinese and Indian descent. Spurred on by the former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir obtained Langkawi, Kedah part of a tax-free status and an international airport which meant a huge boost to the tourism industry.
The capital is Alor Setar and the sultan lives and resides in Anak Bukit. Kedah has a sultan with an impressive array predecessors. The dynasty was founded by a prince from Sri Lanka. In 1136 she converted to Islam. The current sultan would be the thirtieth generation. From 1970 to 1975 he was also the King of Malaysia.
Kedah flag is red with a yellow ring in the top left corner of rice, a green crescent moon and a shield. The red symbolizes the prosperity of the country and the people. The yellow rice refers to the main product, the green moon is an Islamic symbol. The shield Finally, the symbol of the ruler, the protector and preserver of nationals.
Perlis is only 759 km² and has 240,000 inhabitants and 316 per km². It lies in the far northwest of the country, with Thailand as a neighbor to the north, Kedah in the east and south and the Strait of Malacca or if you want the Andaman Sea in the west. The population is predominantly Malay. The Chinese minority accounts for approximately 17%. The current sultan is the 12th in a row since 1843. In Perlis is a genetic feature that the eldest son becomes the heir. The government is based in Kangar. Unemployment there is 4% and 1.9% economic growth.
 The flag of Perlis is split horizontally into two jobs, yellow top and bottom dark blue. The yellow represents the sultan, the Raja of Perlis, blue for the population.

A bit of history

There was first talk of an important kingdom in the fifth century. Archaeological finds show that this has lasted until the twelfth century and that there was traded to Persia. It later came under the influence of Siam while maintaining some autonomy. It was besieged by Malaya, Siam, China and later Burma. Internal problems in the 18th century leading to the invasion of Bugis. The sultan then enlisted the help of the British. Who first negotiated the right to open a UK office in Penang. Later, the Sultan was forced to cede all Penang in 1800 and even to give up a portion of the peninsula. In 1820 Siam again took over power and made Perlis to a separate sultanate. Kedah was a vassal state of Siam Siam until 1909 when it ceded to the British. Kedah officially became a British colony until World War II. Since then the Japanese occupation and the development of the Malaysian federation's history runs parallel with the rest of the Malaysian peninsula.


The economy of Perlis is mainly based on rice culture, rubber extraction and fishing.
In Kedah agriculture was the main activity. It is the largest rice producer in Malaysia. Since 1990, however, also invested heavily in the development of industry. Especially microelectronics is prominent in Kulim. The state is one of the main recruiters of foreign investment. Through it all, the standard of living has risen sharply. Especially the improved water supply, electricity and gas supply are appreciated by the population. The state has an economic growth of 8.5% and an unemployment rate of 3.5%.

Tourist attractions

Kedah also has its natural resources and knows how to use them in the battle for the tourist's favor. Langkawi is obviously the main attraction. Thanks to the international airport, the tax-free status, not to mention the stunning natural beauty of the island group is experiencing strong growth. The beautiful beaches, the different shades of blue of the Andaman sea and the lush greenery of the rainforest and mangroves have remained. There are a number of attractions were built such as the cable car to the skybridge and the underwater world that guarantee a successful holiday for all.
In Gunung Inas sanctuary in a recreation park along the river Sedim is the longest canopy walk developed world. No less than 950 meters you can walk around 50 meters above the ground and enjoy the flora and fauna down and all around. The brochures are made, similar to the bird perspective mention the monkey perspective.
Alor Setar is one of the oldest mosques in the country, the Zahir Mosque. It is the official state mosque of Kedah. The mosque is considered one of the finest examples of Malay-Islamic architecture. The five black domes symbolize the five pillars of Islam. It is also the burial place of the fighters who in 1821 defended against Kedah Siam.
In the valley of the Bujang near Merbok is finding the richest archaeological site in Malaysia. This was once the center of Srivijaya, a Malay kingdom and until the twelfth century. There are more than 50 ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples excavated. Best is on display at Pengkalan Bayang Merbok. All this indicates that the place is particularly valuable for the history and archeology but perhaps less for the average tourist. There is an interesting archaeological museum set up with different findings.
Also Perlis, however small, has its national park, 50 km². Like in many other places on the peninsula is partially constructed from limestone and knows the associated caves. The Wang Burma caves in the national park are the best known.
In the southern part of the area is the recreational park Bukit Ayer. It is very popular thanks to the waterfalls. The Batu Bahat river with crystal clear water meanders through the park and there is beautiful 'baths'.