Sultan Azlan Shah (1928-2014)

Sultan Azlan Shah of PerakSultan Azlan Shah, former Yang di-Pertuan Agong (head of state of Malaysia), the Sultan of Perak, the state I was born, has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86.

The Sultan wasn’t the de-facto successor to the throne. He was a lawyer, later a prosecutor, a judge, and the Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia.

He became the Sultan in 1984, after a string of unexpected events. To cut short, if his successor, Sultan Idris Shah II, died a few months earlier, he won’t be the Sultan.

His wife became the first ever commoner Queen in the history of Malaysia when he became the King in 1989-1994 (in a unique elective monarchy system).

He was also a patron for a few educational institutions, including as Chancellor of the University of Malaya, where I graduated from. It’s regrettable that I couldn’t receive my scroll directly from the man; he usually attended only the first day of the ceremony.

He was a state hockey player and contributed to the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally. And he’s also famous for his good looks =)

He will be missed. Al-Fatihah, rest in peace.

Malaysia Airlines MH370 gone missing

Condolences to the families of the passengers and crew on board of MH370 flight.

Malaysia’s prime minister announced late Monday that the plane, which has been missing since March 8, had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

The conclusion came via data and analysis from UK satellite firm Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

There are still many questions unanswered. Hope the plane could be found soon to provide proper closure for the victims and families.

Pharrell Williams, Kuala Lumpur is Happy

Kuala Lumpur version of Happy, a cover of American singer Pharrell Williams’ amazing hit which has turned into an international meme with thousands of remakes.

Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool in Kuala Lumpur

Video from the Can You Walk on Water? event at The Publika shopping gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last October. Learn more about non-newtonian fluid here. Event by Mach by Hong Leong Bank, concept by We are KIX.

The featured girl is Cay Kuijpers, model of Dutch-Filipino-Spanish descent.

20th Century Fox to open theme park in Malaysia

American film studio 20th Century Fox will open its first ever theme park, the Twentieth Century Fox World, at Malaysia’s Resort World Genting in 2016.

Twentieth Century Fox World Genting Malaysia

Resort World Genting is an entertainment hub which also host the only legalised casino in the country and one of the world’s biggest hotels (by room numbers). It also had a theme park which is now closed for the the upgrade.

Not sure if it’s the right choice, I always thought we have too many theme parks in the region. But the success of Universal Studios in Singapore proves me wrong, and the LegoLand in southern Malaysia seems to be doing reasonable well too.