Given its extraordinary beauty, romantic location, incredible history and unique cultural mix, it should come as no surprise that Malaysia has inspired plenty of memorable quotes from famous thinkers, speakers and artists over the centuries. Here are a collection of our favourites.
Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land. Tariq Ramadan
In Malaysia, where Western culture was extremely influential, I'd grown up listening to Elvis and the Beatles and watching American movies. People wanted to be like Americans. In contrast, when I got here, I saw prosperous middle-class American college students wanting to somehow join the Third World. Feisal Adbul Rauf
As an adolescent I wrote comic books, because I read lots of them, and fantasy novels set in Malaysia and Central Africa. Umberto Ecco
Kuala Lumpur had a certain something… There was a sense of freedom perhaps, of anarchy even, that Singapore so sorely lacked. Perhaps it was the lack of deference to authority, the physical space, the ability to take a step back and enjoy a moment of quite that lent Kuala Lumpur its atmosphere. Singaporeans were always adding to the list of reasons each one kept to hand, in case they met a Malaysian, of why it was so much better on the island than the peninsula. They ranged from law and order to cleanliness, from clean government to good schools, and always ended on the strength of the Singaporean economy. But in the end, the Malaysian would nod as if to agree to the points made – and then shrug to indicate that they probably wouldn't trade passports, not really. And if pressed for a reason they would fall back on that old chestnut which somehow seemed to capture everything that was wrong about Singapore – but your government bans chewing gum. The nanny state and the police state all rolled into one. Shamini Flint
I'm going to Malaysia to try and win a million dollars... how exciting is that? Colleen Haskell