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MERDEKA EXCLUSIVE: Malaysia Moments by Sunitha Thayaparan

At exactly 09:30 on 31 August 1957, the declaration was read by the first Chief Minister of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman at the Merdeka Stadium. 59 years later, our nation is a step closer to a developed status. BAZAAR is honouring Malaysia’s Independence with a special series #Merdeka2016xBAZAAR where we seek fellow Malaysians near and far on five moments, items, tokens, anecdotes that have shaped their identity as a proud Malaysian.

Sunitha Thayaparan

From an isle off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca sits the island of Penang, a place close to the heart of Sunitha who greatly identifies herself as a  soulful Penang girl. Indulge in her five favourite Malaysia moments.

1. | Comfort Food

The unerring certitude that in the deathly quiet of 3am, someone, somewhere in the country is enjoying a piping hot Roti Canai doused in spicy yellow Dhal curry.

Creamy coconut crab laksa | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

Creamy coconut crab laksa | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

2. | Human Connection

The kindness of strangers in little kampungs off the beaten track.

32 Mansion, Penang | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

32 Mansion, Penang | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

3. | Penang

Anytime of the year, really, but particularly in the month of August, when she really comes alive with art & heart through the George Town Festival.

Chin's Chinese Fine Dining Cuisine, Penang | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

Chin’s Chinese Fine Dining Cuisine, Penang | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

4. | Island Escapes

From Pulau Perhentian to Langkawi, Malaysia’s isles are little jewels of bliss. Azure blue seas merge into sandy beaches and onto tropical jungles rich with wildlife. Truly, we live in paradise.

Gaya Island | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

Gaya Island | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

5. | Melting Pot of Cultures

A rich confluence of cultures that transcend politics and religion. Just go to any kampung, and you’ll be welcomed with smiles. No matter who you are or where you come from.

Sunitha with Reena Tan and Fazilla Filippi, Hari Raya 2016 | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan

Sunitha with Reena Tan and Fazilla Filippi, Hari Raya 2016 | Image Courtesy of Sunitha Thayaparan