After dinner, my brother-in-law and family brought us to the nearby Putrajaya for a visit.
Putrajaya is a planned city, primarily serves as the federal administrative center. It was the brainchild of the ex-prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad.
The Putra Mosque is one of the focal point in this city.
The Prime Minister’s office.
The Seri Wawasan Bridge; one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, the color changes intermittently from blue to green to purple.
More night views of buildings in Putrajaya.
Another view with colorful reflections of lights.
A closer look at Islamic architecture.
Putrajaya is built around the Putrajaya Lake, a man made lake. The lake served as a natural cooling system and for recreation activities like fishing and water sports. Bike rental is available here too.
A photo with my youngest and chattiest niece, ll. This is my first time meeting her face to face as she was born after I left Malaysia.
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I was very upset when I first visited Putrajaya. It seemed to be such a gigantic waste of resources and an unnecessary showmanship. Canada is a much much bigger country and we do not have such huge buildings/ offices to run the place. Perhaps Malaysia should have a closer look at efficiency (we already know they cannot deal with transparency). I almost threw up seeing the prime minister’s residence up on that hill. I swear it was at least 3X the size of Buckingham Palace (and at least 20X bigger than 24 Sussex Drive!). How did one guy deserve such largesse?