Tags: Malaysia
December 1, 2013
by Erna Dyanty

A Malaysian Christmas Spread: Green Apple Chutney

By: Erna Dyanty

Ready for some Christmas feeling? Latitudes gives you the best tips for your holidays cooking, Christmas presents and trips!

Every year in December, the streets will be covered with shades of red, green and white. Everything seems warmer even when you’re in the cold. Kids come up with a wish list, dad’s figuring out the wiring for the lights and mom is listing out her shopping list for the kitchen. Christmas is that time of the year where everyone comes together under the tree for presents and at the dining table for a major end of the year feast.

While some of you may sit at home, dreaming of a white Christmas and a huge Turkey, we Malaysians wait for a sunny holiday and a feast with a spread of local goodness. Christmas in Malaysia, like any other festive season is celebrated by everyone! Whether you’re a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Atheist, we come together and just celebrate the year with thanks, a feast and of course the presents.

July 12, 2013
by Melissa Lin

Ramadan Recipes: Dry Beef Rendang

By: Melissa Lin

Beef Rendang is a dish that is usually served during Malay celebrations and weddings. It is also eaten traditionally during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The beef is cooked in a spicy paste with coconut and served with steamed white rice or Briyani.

Some people believe this dish was introduced to Malaysia from the Sumatran matrilineal Minangkabau settlers in Malaysia. This recipie is the dry Beef Rendang variation and whilst the steps necessary to create this dish are somewhat more complex, the delicious end result is well worth it.

November 22, 2012
by Latitudes

Malaysian Activists Walk 300 KM to Demand Environmental Justice

A group of Malaysian activists has embarked on a 300 km walk from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur to demand for an end to various environment grievances afflicting their communities. The walk, which began on 13th of November, will take them across 14 towns over 14 days and will culminate in a handling over of memorandum at Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square, on the 26th of November.

The starting point of Kuantan is of particular significance because it is where the recent surge in environmental activism began. The community there is fighting the largest rare earth plant in the world owned by Lynas from commencing operation. They are joined by activists opposing the Murum and Baram dams in Sarawak, Raub activists opposing the use of cyanide in gold mining, Pengerang activists opposing the RAPID petrochemical complex as well as Teluk Rubiah activists opposing the Vale iron ore distribution hub.

September 5, 2012
by Emma Kwee

In the Mix: Meet Malay/Pakistani Muhammad

By: Emma Kwee

In this series we talk to people with a mixed background. Have these colorful roots entangled them? Confused them? In what way has their heritage formed their identity, how they look at the world and the world looks at them?

Are you mixed Asian and do you want to share your story? Then just e-mail info@latitudes.nu!

This time around, we meet Muhammad, a Malaysian with Pakistani roots and a deep love for Teh Tarik.

July 22, 2012
by Erna Dyanty

Roti Jala (Net-Like Pancakes) Recipe

By: Erna Dyanty

Roti Jala is a favourite snack, especially in Ramadhan. Almost every kuih stall would sell this think pancakes served with chicken curry. Sold in the markets for about RM3.50 for a pack of 5. To achieve the net like effect, you can either use your fingers and in a clock wise motion - you drip the batter onto a hot pan. You can also use a laddle with holes. Roti Jala is a favourite snack, especially in Ramadhan. Almost every kuih stall would sell this think pancakes served with chicken curry. Sold in the markets for about RM3.50 for a pack of 5.To achieve the net like effect, you can either use your fingers and in a clock wise motion - you drip the batter onto a hot pan. You can also use a laddle with holes.

May 18, 2012
by Melissa Lin

Bernice Chauly: ‘Growing up with Ghosts’

By: Melissa Lin

Bernice Chauly is a writer, photographer, poet, lecturer and film-maker. Having been active in the Kuala Lumpur arts scene for almost two decades, Chauly has contributed in a myriad of ways to the evolution and richness of the local arts and literary scene.

Her memoir ‘Growing up with Ghosts’ is a quintessential Malaysian story that seamlessly weaves the diverse threads of ancestry, history, politics and personal narrative. Released just last year, it has now gone into its third reprint.

Chauly has recently completed a two month long residency program by the Nederlands Letterenfonds in Amsterdam and is currently working on a new novel and a new collection of poems.

March 23, 2012
by Erna Dyanty

Sardines in Tomato Sauce: a Cook’s Survival Kit

By: Erna Dyanty

When I first started to cook, one of the recipes my father taught me was how to cook a can of sardines. He says it’s a cooks’ survival kit. If you want to know if a person can cook, you try their sardines cooked in tomato sauce. This fish in a can is great to eat with rice or even taken straight out of the can with a squeeze of lime dunked with bread.

Here's a simple yet very delicious recipe to whip that can of sardine into a family favourite - guaranteed to stay on your menu. Great served with steamy rice or simply dipped with bread and done in 15 minutes!

March 21, 2012
by Melissa Lin

Rahmat Haron: Malaysian Artist, Professional Drifter, Super Poseur, Fake Quasi Wanderer & Wannabe of Too Many Things

By: Melissa Lin

There are currents of powerful reflection, thought and emotion in the work of Malaysian artist Rahmat Haron. Whether it is through the medium of his poetry, drawings, paintings or performances, his works convey a reflection of his life and experiences - in Malaysia - where he considers the social and the political realities, the limitations inherent to a ‘strong state and societal values’, the need for change, and his own need for self expression.

More than that, his works are thought provoking, inspiring and encouraging to those who are finding or paving their own new and original ways of being and expression, and disturbing to some who would prefer to cling to the status quo.

March 8, 2012
by Patrick Durkan

Malaysian Contemporary Composers: New Voices

By: Patrick Durkan


Contemporary ‘art’ music based on the classical tradition has seen a resurgence in Malaysia since the turn of the century. Although it existed as a discipline before this, the new wave of composers have breathed fresh life into the contemporary music sphere within the country, enabling new festivals and ensembles to flourish. The origin of this change is important as it marks the first effort by the already established Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (based in Kuala Lumpur) to commission local composers in 2002 (Sunetra Fernando, Tazul Izan Tajuddin and Chong Kee Yong). This led to a Forum for Malaysian composers in 2003 which cemented a unified group of composers and encouraged new composers as well as audiences for new music.

February 19, 2012
by John Solomon

Iskandar: a bellwether for improving relations between Singapore and Malaysia?

By: John Solomon

A Thorny Past

While never escalating any issue to a bout of saber rattling, Singapore and Malaysia have not always enjoyed what one could describe as a good neighborly relationship. Since Singapore’s unceremonious departure from the Malaysian federation in 1965, the two countries have had numerous disputes over a range of thorny bilateral issues including the sale of water and the demarcation of territorial boundaries. The problematic relationship between two nations who have much in common culturally and historically was probably best symbolized by the much-publicized verbal joustings between then Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohammed in the 1990s.

Warming relations

Relations today however have improved significantly since that period and the Malaysian High Commissioner has recently said that they are at the best they have ever been. This has largely been the result of a conciliatory shift in policy that began with Malaysia’s former leader, Abdullah Badawi. The current Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has continued and extended this approach and Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong has reciprocated in kind.


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