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Chairman of WRO 2012 Organizing Committee cum Director-General of Education Malaysia.
Malaysia is a unique country because of its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual society. The three biggest ethnic groups, Malay, Chinese, and Indian as well as many other ethnic groups are living harmoniously together as one family. Our national language is Bahasa Malaysia, but you'll be pleasantly surprised that we speak good English too as well as our mother tongues!
The twenty-first century is the dawn of a new era and thus brings forth a host of new challenges. It is no longer enough to rely on critical thinking skills alone. Students need to develop and strengthen their creative and interpersonal communication skills which are essential for twenty-first century living, especially in the realms of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
It is my belief that robotics is a great platform for students to hone these essential skills right from a very young age, because of the engineering and programming aspects which are involved. Both have huge room for a student's creativity and imagination. What's more the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) has given students an accessible, equal playing field to gain, learn, and test their knowledge at the world stage, something which will impact the rest of their lives positively.
In year 2012, Malaysia will have the honour of hosting the WRO. WRO has proven to be successful in razing students' interest in Science, Technology, and Robotics over the years globally. It was made known to me that 22 more countries participated in 2011 compared to 2005! Through WRO, students will gain confidence in their abilities to use technology in an innovative way and see how it is relevant to their future. I am glad to see that more and more children around the world are getting involved in this great event.
As hosts to WRO 2012, we welcome all participants to Malaysia with pride. With its rich diversity of cultural experiences and traditions, Malaysia is a land of warmness filled with friendly and fascinating people. You will be greeted with our gracious hospitality, and I'm sure WRO 2012 will be a great success. Welcome to Malaysia.
To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.
Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.
Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture.Malaysia is divided into 13 states and 3 Federal Territories, separated by the South China Sea with 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) in Peninsular Malaysia and two states and 1 federal territory (Labuan) in East Malaysia.
One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
DISCOVER A LAND OF INTRIGUING DIVERSITY.
Having had an interesting past and being a part of the international spice route many hundreds of years ago, Malaysia has turned into a mosaic of cultures. Everything from its people to its architecture reflect a colourful heritage and an amalgamated culture. To understand Malaysian culture, you must first get to know its people.
Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture.
The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. In Sabah and Sarawak, there are a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique culture and heritage.
AN AMAZING ARCHITECTURAL AMALGAM.
A fascinating fusion of tradition and modernity, Malaysia's architecture today is a reflection of Asia's many styles, cultures and religions. These influences include Hindu-Indian, Arab-Muslim, Chinese and European. Portuguese, Dutch and British colonization have also influenced local architecture. Now, the country embraces an independent modern Malaysian vision whilst staying true to its rich culture and heritage.
Traditional Malay architecture employs sophisticated architectural processes ideally suited to tropical conditions such as structures built on stilts, which allow cross- ventilating breeze beneath the dwelling to cool the house whilst mitigating the effects of the occasional flood. High-pitched roofs and large windows not only allow cross-ventilation but are also carved with intricate organic designs.
A DAZZLING TAPESTRY OF ASIAN TRADITIONS.
From magnificent tribal head-feathers with bark body-covers to antique gold-woven royal songket fabric, the array of Malaysia's traditional costumes and textiles are stunningly diverse and colourful.
In the early days, the aboriginal tribes wore native bark costumes and beads. With the advent of the ancient kingdoms, hand-loomed fine textiles and intricate Malay batik were used by the Malay royalty. As foreign trade flourished, costumes and textiles such as Chinese silk, the Indian pulicat or plaid sarong and the Arabian jubbah a robe with wide sleeves were introduced to the country.
Today, traditional attire such as the Malay baju kebaya, Indian saree and Chinese cheongsam are still widely worn.
MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA.
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