|Code : ITTM-01, Duration : 33 Days
Places Covered : Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terenganu, Pulau Redang, Kota Bharu, Penang, Malacca, Kuching
Day 1 & 2 :
Depart from your home country for Singapore.
Day 3 :
Arrival in Singapore. Bus pick up and delivery. Check into the Traders Hotel Shangri-la.
Day 4 :
Morning rest, walks, etc. Afternoon orientation on Singapore and Malaysian geography, with a very brief historical overview of the region. Lunch and dinner on own.
Day 5 :
Visit the National University of Singapore in the morning. Lecture on Singapore’s role in the global economy. Lunch in Indian restaurant in Little India. Visit Chinese and Indian ethnic communities in the afternoon. Dinner at Clark Quay with short harbor cruise.
Day 6 :
Visit the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority in the morning, presentation on the role of Singapore’s public housing in multi-cultural integration. Tour of Singapore and public housing projects in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner out.
Day 7 :
Morning talk on Education in Singapore by Dr. Jason Tan Eng Thye, School of Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore (two hours). Visits to History Museum, Singapore Art Museum and the Islamic Museum. Lunch and dinner out.
Day 8 :
Lecture on Politics in Singapore in the morning by Dr. Antonio Rappa. Visit Singapore National Parliament in the afternoon. Visit the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) if National Parliament visit cannot be arranged. Lunch out. Dinner and talk by Singaporean author Catherine Lim, on literature and social issues.
Day 9 :
Depart Singapore. Fly to Kuala Lumpur. Airport pickup and delivery by bus. Check into the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown KL. Lunch on own. Welcome and orientation by Dr. Donald G. McCloud, Executive Director of the Malaysian American Commission for Education Exchange. Brief walking orientation to the hotel area, with a group search for local amenities including the location of banks, laundry facilities, email cafes, good places to eat, how to find the nearest light rail terminal, etc.
Day 10 :
Multiculturalism in Malaysia. Talk by Mano Maniam, “Overview of Indian Cultures and Hindu Religion in Malaysia’ (two hours). Talk by Zainah Mahfoozah bte Anwar from the Sisters of Islam (two hours). After lunch: Talk on Malay Culture and Society, by Dr. Zainal Kling (two hours). Following the after lunch speaker, take the group via light rail into central KL to the Central Market area. Walking tour of the Chinatown area and the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple. The participants will receive maps and directions on how to return to the Hotel via light rail, taxi etc. Dinner on our own.
Day 11 :
City tour of KL, Tour to Pewter Factory, Batu Caves, Petronas Towers etc. Lunch on own. Afternoon lecture on the "Educational System in Malaysia," by Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid. Dinner on own.
Day 12 :
Morning tour of the University of Malaya campus and garden. Greetings by the Vice Chancellor of UM. Buffet lunch at UM (charged to participants). After lunch, talk on "Economic Development in Malaysia," by Dr. Jomo Sundaram, Professor of Economics at the University of Malaya. Talk by Dr. Cheah Oi Ping, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Malaya, “Overview of Chinese Culture and Religions in Malaysia.” Meet with the Asian Studies faculty at the University of Malaya. Dinner in a traditional Nyonya restaurant BiBi Chik with Professor Dr. Hyacinth Gaudart. Return to Hotel on bus.
Day 13 :
Visit to the Malaysian Parliament, arrange to meet representatives of political parties in the Parliament. Briefing by officials of UMNO (United Malay National Organization – coalition of the ruling political parties) on “The Role of UMNO in Malaysia’s Parliamentary System.” Afternoon lecture by Ms. Marina Mahathir (daughter of Prime Minister Mahathir) on “Malaysia Today: Issues and Challenges”. Lunch and dinner out.
Day 14 :
Fly to Kuala Terenganu. Take ground transportation to Kuala Besut (jetty), then take the ferry to Pulau Redang Island, and check into the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort. Dinner will be provided.
Day 15 :
Day off for rest and relaxation at Pulau Redang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Day 16 :
After breakfast (provided) we will travel by ferry from Pulau Redang to Kuala Besut and by bus to Kota Bharu. Check into the Renaissance Hotel. Lunch on own. After lunch, drive up to the Thai border.
Day 17 :
Kota Bharu. Briefing by officials from the PAS Islamic Party on “The Role of PAS in Malaysia’s Political System”. This party is the dominant party in this region of Malaysia. Afternoon visits to local Malay-Islamic historical sites, Silver craft shops, kite maker craft shops, market walkabout, dinner at the night market.
Day 18 :
Travel by bus to Penang, check into the Evergreen Laurel Hotel in Georgetown, Penang. Evening free, dinner on own.
Day 19 :
Penang. Morning lecture by Dr. Wazir Jahan Begum titled “The Role of Women in the Political and Economic Development of Malaysia”. Lecture by Toh Kin Woon, Penang State Minister on “Penang in Social and Political Matters” . Lunch on own. Afternoon tour of Thai and Burmese Buddhist Temples. Evening trip on the Penang Hill Railway, dinner at Bellevue Hotel.
Day 20 :
Penang. Morning lecture at University Sains Malaysia by Dr. Syed Ahmed bin Hussein, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia titled “Problems of Equitable Economic Development in the States of Malaysia”. Lectures followed by a visit to the USM Museum and Gallery. Return by bus to Hotel. Afternoon tour of ethnic cultural sites in Penang, including traditional Chinese clan neighborhoods and a Chinese Temple. Dinner on own.
Day 21 :
Travel by bus to KL. Check into the Park Plaza Hotel. Rest in afternoon. Dinner on own.
Day 22 :
KL. Lecture on the history of Malaysia and Malacca by Dr. Aruna Gopinath. Lunch on own. Afternoon visit to Batik Studio for hands on demonstration of batik. Dinner on own.
Day 23 :
Travel by bus to the historic trading city of Malacca. Check into the Equatorial Hotel. Visit historic districts in Malacca. Lunch at Chinese / Peranaken restaurant. Group tour of canals on boats, tour of the Malacca Museum. Visit St. Paul’s Church. Dinner at the Portuguese restaurant, and cultural show.
Day 24 :
Return by bus to KL. Check into the Park Plaza Hotel. Afternoon lecture by Ms. Sumitran from the United Nations, on environmental issues in Malaysia and Singapore. Evening free, dinner on own.
Day 25 :
Travel to airport, fly to Kuching, capitol of Sarawak Province. Check into Holiday Inn Kuching. Distribute maps. Following lunch, Lecture by Heidi Munan titled “Background to Sarawak Culture.” Visit Sarawak Anthropology Museum following talk. (Talk and museum tour, two hours).
Day 26 :
Departure to Semenggok Wildlife (Orang Utang) Reservation. Lunch on own. Afternoon talk on “The Political and Economic Role of Sarawak and Sabah in the Malaysian State” (one hour). Lecture by Dr. Michael Leigh, Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Universiti Sarawak Malaysia “Sarawak Indigenous Communities and Multi-Culturalism” (two hours).
Day 27 :
Kuching. Depart for Skrang River Safari Tour, stay overnight in a traditional longhouse. Meals will be provided.
Day 28 :
Kuching. Return by longboat and bus to Holiday Inn Damai Beach. Dinner on own.
Day 29 :
Kuching. Tour of Minority ethnic Cultural Villages in the Sarawak Village Cultural Center. Lunch on own. Stay in Damai Beach or take the hotel shuttle back to the downtown Kuching area. Dinner on own.
Day 30 :
Travel by air from Kuching to KL. Check into the Park Plaza Hotel in afternoon. Lunch on own. Afternoon briefing by officials at US Embassy. Dinner or late afternoon barbeque with the US Ambassador or other US officials.
Day 31 :
KL. Participants will give presentations to the group on individual curriculum development projects. Lunch on own. Afternoon or evening lecture and dance performance by Ramli Ibrahim, one of the cultural treasures of Malaysia.
Day 32 :
KL. Packing and preparation for departure. Departure for Singapore. We will stay in an airport hotel in Singapore and will not go through immigration and customs.
Day 33 :
Early morning departure from Singapore.