A Moment in Malaysia

Once more I find myself in Kuala Lumpur.

The flights were booked a while before I travelled. In the intervening period a general election accompanied by a national holiday on voting day were announced and I happened to land yesterday morning: plum on top of it all. The streets were remarkably quiet during the taxi ride from Central Station to the hotel.

The day returned a unique result: a win for the opposition for the first time since independence in 1957. Today and tomorrow have been declared further national holidays to mark the occasion. Further quiet streets so far.

Coincidentally or otherwise, the fountains in the park by the Petronas Towers were brightly lit and dancing this evening. I hope the positive atmosphere is mirrored around the nation and lasts for some time to come.

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