World’s Only Things In Malaysia
By Lloyd Green
There’s a weird science that draws us to the extraordinary. A uniqueness or intrigue at exploring something truly special. It could be a natural phenomenon or a feat of humanity. Whatever the case, it has the potential to blow our mind. Here are 10 incredible things that are unique to Malaysia.
1. World’s Largest Blooming Flower
Malaysia’s enchanting tropical rainforests are home to many weird and wonderful things. Yet, none are so exotic than the Rafflesia flower located in the remote jungles of Sabah, Borneo. At up to 100cm in diameter, this rare beauty is truly unique in that it has no leaves, no roots and no stem. But whatever you do, don’t get too close. It’s also known as the ‘Stinking Corpse Lily’ and is designed to imitate the stench and taste of rotting meat and dung.
2. Sarawak Chamber Is So Big It Can Accommodate 40 Boeing 747 Aircraft
Nestled within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mulu National Park on the island of Borneo, Sarawak Chamber is believed to be one of the largest underground chambers in the world and definitely the largest opened to the public. Its surface area is whopping 162,700 square metres, with a volume of 9,579,205 cubic metres. Experts say it is so large you can fly a jumbo jet through the middle of the cave without touching the walls. Crazy.
3. No Monkeying Around, Proboscis Are Huge
Endemic to the island of Borneo, Proboscis monkeys are the largest in the world growing up to 70cm tall and weighing 23kg. They can swim up to 65 feet underwater and feed off leaves and unripened fruit. The sugars of ripened fruit apparently ferments in their stomachs causing fatal bloating and bad cases of flatulence. They’re also commonly known as ‘orang belanda’ meaning ‘Dutchman’, after local Indonesians noted their similarities to Dutch colonisers who had rotund bellies and large noses.
4. We Have Gigantic Leaves
On top of boasting the world’s largest flower, Malaysia is also home to the world’s largest undivided leaf, Alocasia macrorrhiza. Found near Tawau in Sabah, this non-woody plant is often found in damp, shady areas where the rich volcanic soil of the region lends itself to breeding GIANT things. The largest ever specimen of Alocasia macrorrhiza was found in 1966 and measured 3m long and 1.9m wide. Alocasia macrorrhiza is also commonly called Elephant ear. I wonder why?
5. What’s So Special About An Old Tin Mine?
Well, apart from being a popular tourist attraction Sungai Lembing is officially home to the world’s largest tin mine. During its glory days, Sungai Lembing was one of the largest producers of underground tin in Asia and while it was never the oldest or deepest, it certainly was the biggest with over 320km of tunnel at a depth of 700m.
6. Taman Negara Is Really, Really Old
While the Daintree Rainforest in Australia is actually the oldest, Taman Negara has a reputation as being the oldest tropical rainforest in the world at an estimated 130 million years old. It is home to array of rare mammals such as the Malayan tiger, crab-eating macaque, Malayan gaur and Indian elephant and is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the country.
7. We Also Have The World’s Largest Roundabout
Considering Malaysia has 65,877km of highway — which happens to be 25,000km more than the
Earth’s circumference — it’s no surprise Malaysia is also home to the world’s largest roundabout. Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah or Putrajaya Roundabout is 3.5km in diameter and houses iconic Putrajaya buildings including Putra Mosque.
8. King of the Cobras
In April 1937, the world’s longest King Cobra was captured on Malaysian soil at Port Dickson measuring 5.54m. He later grew to 5.71m when in captivity at the London Zoo. Don’t be too scared, though, only 17 out of Malaysia’s 105 land snakes are actually venomous!
9. How Big’s Your Pewter?
Not only is Royal Selangor the largest pewter manufacturer and retailer of its kind, it’s also home to the largest pewter tankard ever built. Created in 1985 to commemorate Royal Selangor’s 100th anniversary, the giant tankard stands at 1.99m tall and weighs 1,557kg. In 2009, the tankard was part of a marketing campaign where it disappeared and reappeared again at Pavilion shopping centre in KL.
10. We Just Like Really Big Things
The gigantic sculpture of Lord Murugan at Batu Caves is the second tallest statue for a Hindu deity in the world, standing at 140 feet high and is covered in 300 litres of gold paint. Not to be out done,
KL’s skyline is dominated by the Petronas Towers, which boasts the world’s highest two-storey sky bridge and has featured prominently in movies such as Entrapment and numerous Bollywood films.