A bit more about my Malaysia...
The saying time flies when you’re having fun really suits me right now. This is my fourth column entry and I still feel as though it’s only my second. I got a question from a reader who asked me to write about the nature in Malaysia.
Although the peninsula is undergoing extreme urbanisation on the west coast, in the eastern coast of the peninsula there are a few forests and mountains, and quite a number of people have farms. We have a huge number of chickens, cows and goats. The Titiwangsa Mountains are a mountain range that forms the backbone of the Malay Peninsula. It is considered the backbone of the country. We have quite a number of wild boars and deer and snakes, too. At a beach called Rantau Abang, foreigners between May and August to see turtles that come up to the sands and lay their eggs. The security in this beach is really strict as they do not want people stealing the eggs. The turtle laying period is between May and August. We have plenty of insects in Malaysia. Living close to the equator in a damp and humid place, we encounter insects like flies, lizards and mosquitoes nearly everyday.
In the Borneo Island an amazing variety of nature can be seen. The tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu, can be found in Sabah (one of the the states on the Borneo Island). There is also an orangutan sanctuary in Sabah, to help prevent the animals from extinction. One of the main reasons there is plenty of wildlife on the Borneo Island is because it shares the same island as the Kalimantan rain forest (a part of Indonesia) and has a tropical rain forest. We have the world’s largest parasitic flower, the Rafflesia, which can only be found in a few places in Southeast Asia. It is really, really huge and gives out a really bad odor.
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Sivesh Sangar is a foreign exchange student from Malaysia who attends Chugiak High School.