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Click here for Large Version. Kuching City 2008 looking northward. The Sarawak River passed through in the middle of this view separating where you see the tower crane, where the new State Assembly is being built at a cost of Euro66million (RM300million) and will be the latest landmark when completed in 2009. Currently Sarawak has 71 legislative seats out of which the government coalition controls 62 seats and the current Chief Minister has been in power since 1981.

Sarawak is one of 13 states of Malaysia but it has
the largest land area which is bigger than the 11 states of West Malaysia combined. Predominant economic activity in timber exports and recently skewed to oil and gas exports. Will there be a dream bridge or tunnel link to continental mainland of West Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China from this Borneo island?

Kuching is 1.2 degree North of Equator, so you can imagine how this tropical zone can be heaty and humid at noon, so for most tourists of cooler climate, you expect to sweat and perspire profusely.

Some of the buildings shown here are described below.

-extreme left is the old state mosque with golden dome
-next right, Kuching North City Hall on top of hill
-next center, Sarawak Foundation building
-next right, Merdeka Palace Hotel (front of mountain)
-hidden behind is new State Mosque with minaret tower
-Mount Santubong is behind under clouds
-next right at foot of mountain is Wisma Masja building (mosque foundation organization) and in front of this is the Governor's Astana at riverfront

-next right is the Wisma Pelita government building among the Kasuma Resort apartments

-next right is the Wisma Sumer Alam ministerial offices
-next right, the unique goldn umbrella roof is the new State Assembly Legislature Building under construction (see tower crane?) and the present exisiting Legislature Building at its right side.

-next right, colorful building is carpark and cinema on the south bank of Sarawak River and next right to it is the RiverView Hotel near Tua Pek Kong temple.


This is my 1st attempt at panorama after some tips from Stego on open source software. Critiques and comments are appreciated. Thank you.

ISO100, FL50mm 1st time I used old lens of Nikon 50mm f/1.4 manual focus lens of 1984 model

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