• France and Perak – The Historic Links

    There is more Frenchness to Perak than you think! Follow us and discover past and present links between the beautiful State of Perak and France.

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  • French Heritage Trail in Penang

    We are pleased to share with you the French Heritage Trail in Penang, a historic itinerary to guide visitors in their discovery of the many sites of French memory in Penang - on the island and on the mainland Seberang Perai.

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  • A Little History of the French in Malaysia

    The French have been much more present in Malaysia, in history, than we often think. Everyone knows that the Portuguese, the Dutch, and then the British were successive colonizers. But behind this institutional history, that of relations between states, where France did not finally earn its place in Malaysia until after independence, as an equal partner, there was also an exciting and abundant history: that of the men and women who came from France, settled in Malaysia and sometimes contributed crucially to the development of the country.

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  • Pulau Redang Pulau Pinang – A Story about Welcoming

    By Jeanne Thanh Dang

    I would like to share my experience of being a refugee in Malaysia. This story is dedicated to all our Malay friends, in particular to Hamid, our mentor, to my parents - my father, master mariner who brought us safely to harbour, and my mother, who organized our escape with such courage and determination that only women can show in tragic circumstances.

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  • The Extraordinary Story of French Mission schools in Malaysia

    France and Malaysia share the little known common heritage of over 120 schools founded in Malaysia by French Missionaries between the end of the 18th century and the second half of the 20th century.

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  • Jeanne Cuisinier Exhibition

    A French Ethnologist in Kelantan is an exhibition about Jeanne Cuisinier, a young ethnologist trained in Malay language who arrived in Kelantan in 1933. She spent 20 months there studying local traditions and customs. Full exhibition available online.

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  • Full Moon in Paris

    The song “Terang Bulan” (Full Moon), popular throughout the Malay-speaking regions at the beginning of the 20th century, served as the basis for the beautiful melody of Malaysia’s National Anthem “Negaraku”. This melody had also been the anthem of Perak before 1957, and even earlier, according to some accounts, it may have had its origins in a French song of the 19th century – but this story remains to this point a bit of an unsolved mystery!

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