Malaysia is certainly a country breaming with talent, but a lot of the time that talent does seems to be a little under appreciated. So, in order for us to show a bit more appreciation to the achievement of our fellow countrymen, we have compiled 11 notable entries from Malaysia in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
1. World Largest Hotel
- First World Hotel, Genting
First off, the world largest hotel. Nope, not in Dubai, not in America but right here in Malaysia. Which hotel you may ask? Well it is none other than the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, which boast a staggering 7,351 rooms, beating out the Las Vegas duo The Palazzo (7,117 rooms) and MGM Las Vegas (6,852 rooms) to earn the top spot. The three star hotel previous lost the title in 2008, when The Palazzo (Used to be called The Venetian) opened its doors. But has since reclaimed the record status back with the opening of a new block in 2015.
2. World Biggest Roundabout
Now we all know what a roundabout is, but do we know what the world’s biggest roundabout looks like? Well, most people don’t even recognise it when they pass by it at Putrajaya. At approximately 2.7 kilometre in diameters the roundabout located near the Prime Minister’s office, is Malaysia’s and the world biggest roundabout. But, there has been a dispute however, with The Savannah roundabout, located in Spain which is said to be bigger, but if you seen pictures you would know it doesn’t look anything like a roundabout at all.
3. World Largest Banknote
- RM600 BankNote
In conjunction with Malaysia’s Independence. Bank Negara previously printed out a commemorative RM600 note. Thus, making it the largest legal banknote in the world with a measurement of 814 cm² (126.17 in²). The award was given to Bank Negara Malaysia (Malaysia) on 29th December 2017, with the previous holder being the 100,000 pesos note from Philippines. Unfortunately, the banknote was only offered to collectors for RM1700 and will no longer be available for print.
4. Largest Silat Lesson
- Grandmaster YM Syeikh Dr. Md Radzi bin Hanafi
Silat is a local martial arts treasured by many in our community, so it seems fitting that we have a record for the largest Silat lesson ever. The lesson was held at Stadium Negara which fell on August 2015, with multiple participants coming from all over Malaysia. The lesson was directed by Grandmaster YM Syeikh Dr. Md Radzi bin Hanafi, with help from the Pewaris Mutlak Silat Cekak, Persekutuan Seni Silat Cekak Pusaka Ustaz Hanafi Malaysia, alongside other qualified instructors. Who said Silat isn’t relevant anymore?
5. Longest Under Water Clean Up
- Astro in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
We all understand the important of cleanliness, but Astro took it one step further when they decided to clean up an entire marine park in Sabah back in 2013. The park named, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, was a popular diving destination so it certainly would be disheartening when we see our human waste messed with the lives of the fishes there. Astro along with 139 volunteers from all over the world took part in a massive event to clean up the large area. The divers conducted 1,120 dives and collected 3,171.59 kg of waste in 224 dive sites around the islands, which lasted 164 hours and 39 minutes.
6. World Largest Capsule Vending Machine
- Berjaya Time Square
We all remember the capsule machine found at the side of the convenience store and supermarket. Now imagine that, but bigger, way bigger. If you can’t, then Berjaya had unveiled the world’s biggest capsule vending machine back in 2013. Measuring at 9 m 83 cm in height, with a diameter of 4 m 70 cm, and an internal volume of 22.52 m³, it was certainly an impressive feat.
7. Heaviest Train pulled by teeth
- Velu Rathakrishnan
Nicknamed “King Tooth” this vegetarian certainly surprised everyone when he pulled not one, but two KTM trains, with a combine weight of 260.8 tonnes (574,964 lb). He managed to pull the train for 4.2m along the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. According to reports, Rathakrishnan wakes up at 4:30 am everyday to do jaw training of at least 250kg and run for at least 25km. Sounds too incredible to be true? Then check out the video below of him actually doing it.
8. World Longest Lan Party
- Cyberview Sdn Bhd.
Young people these days have always been known to enjoy video games. So much so, that a group of 291 players who hailed from Malaysia, China, Yemen, Brunei and Korea, attempted to play for 40 hours straight. The games played include Defence of the Ancients, Call of Duty 4, FIFA ’09, and Sudden Attack. The event was held at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya with each player getting a 5 minute break for each hour played. The players achieved an incredible 40 hours played despite hitting the 36-hour mark for the record, with only 17 people being disqualified.
9. Fastest To Pierce 4 Coconuts
- Master Ho Eng Hui
Cutting a coconut open might be a challenge for many but not Johor’s Master Ho Eng Hui. He was able to get through the hard outer shell with only a finger. The martial artist was able to pierce the shell of four coconuts with nothing but his finger in just 12.15 seconds. Ho performed the feat in Milan, Spain in 2011. It was also stated that he broke his finger 3 times in the past while attempting this.
10. Largest Food Truck Rally
- Penang International Food Festival
Food trucks are converted vans or trailers that are able to cook, prepare, serve and sell food. You can see them in and around during night markets. But the great minds in Penang certainly thought differently when they invited numerous food trucks all over Malaysia in 2018. They gathered a record breaking 158 food truck rally in Batu Kawan, Penang, Malaysia. The Penang International food festival was a 16-day event and certainly an exciting occasion for foodies.
New record: Largest food truck rally 🍲🚚
Congratulations to all the vendors at Penang International Food Festival 2018 and Penang State Government https://t.co/tB9ae88B7Y #PIFF2018 @VisitPenang @TourismMalaysia pic.twitter.com/3yX4w7kKou
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) May 17, 2018
11. Most Costume Change Illusion In 1 Minute
- Avery Chin & Sylvia Lim
Married couple Avery Chin and Sylvia Lim are masters of “Quick Change” – the act of lightning fast outfits changes. With more than a decade of experience, this duo has achieved 5 Guinness World Records, including the current world records titles for “The Most Costume Change Illusions in One Minute” and “The Most Costume Change Illusions in 30 Seconds”.