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Notes on the Geography of Malaysia: Melaka

The Melaka Fort, River and--yes--mall.

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Malaysia: Melaka picture 1

The British inherited Malacca (now translitered Melaka) from the Dutch, whose palace now bears this plaque.

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Across the street from that Dutch fort, the Melaka River drifts lazily along.

Malaysia: Melaka picture 3

The reflection and languidity are so picturesque that they hide the tumbledown state of affairs.

Malaysia: Melaka picture 4

A good number of six-foot iguanas cruise through these waters in search of food. Their preference is chickens, live.

Malaysia: Melaka picture 5

A few hundred yards from the fort and the river stands this mall--about as sharp a cultural juxtaposition as can be imagined. In the foreground, a TV crew was broadcasting live.


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