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From Value One, Winter 2016, No. 51
Metal One Kuala Lumpur Office
Close to Kuala Lumpur Landmarks

Twelve people work at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Office, which is located next to a Kuala Lumpur landmark—the Petronas Towers. We help the Tokyo Head Office and other overseas bases sell steel materials to wholesalers, automotive steel sheets to Proton Holdings Berhad and specialty steel for the automotive industry. We also support the export of semi-finished goods made at Malaysian electric furnaces, and recently began supporting the sale of steel and steel pipe for the oil industry.

 

The Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Office building (at right)

Malaysia's Unique Rotating Monarchy

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy made up of thirteen states and three federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, the offshore financial center of Labuan, and the administrative city of Putrajaya). The country's ruler is selected from among the sultans of nine states (although it is de facto a rotation system). The term is for five years. The current king is both Malaysia's fifth and fourteenth king—the first time the same person has held the position twice.

 

Islamic History in Malaysia

Malacca (now a state within Malaysia) is located between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea—an important location for East-West trade. In the early fifteenth century, Islamic traders controlled trade there. Because of this, the king of Malacca became a Muslim, and his country flourished.
In 1511, however, the Portuguese took over Malacca. The Dutch subsequently occupied the country in 1641, the British in 1795, and the Japanese in 1942. In 1945, Malacca again became a part of the British Straits Settlements. In 1946, it became part of the Malayan Union. In 1957, Malaya became an independent nation, but in 1963 became part of Malaysia. Today, Malaysia is an Islamic country and it is easy to get halal food, so many Muslims from the Middle East come to Malaysia to travel and study languages.

 

The Putra Mosque (also known as the Pink Mosque) in Putrajaya
A Country Where People of Many Ethnic Groups Respect Each Other

One of Malaysia's special characteristics is that its people represent many ethnic groups, and yet they respect each other and have created a peaceful society. An exciting thing about Malaysia is that you can enjoy four different New Year's events every year—the Western New Year, Islamic New Year, Chinese New Year and Hindu New Year. The food culture here is also diverse and the weather is comfortable, with temperatures between 25 and 34°C during the year. It is also a relatively safe country. The prices of domestic products are low, and you can use English in many places as well as in taxis. Malaysia is also a popular destination for Japanese seeking to immigrate.

 

 





New Year’s decorations at a shopping mall. The photos show the Islamic New Year (①), Chinese New Year (②), and Hindu New Year (③).

 

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