Kuching: the city of cats in Malaysia
The city of Kuching is a paradise for cat lovers. They are here everywhere: in parks and on road signs, on merry-go-rounds and roofs. True, you can see not the tails themselves, but their numerous sculptures installed in unexpected places ...
According to one of the versions, the very name of the city is a single word with the word “cat”. Other etymologists claim that the name
Kuching comes from the Chinese word "port", from the name of the fruit mata kucing, which is widespread in Malaysia and Indonesia, or altogether from the name of the river Sungai Kuching, the riverbed of which crosses the city.
The Sarawak Governorate, which includes Kuching, was part of Brunei two hundred years ago. This territory was donated to Sir James Brooke, who became the first white rajah. Brooke deserved the special favor of the head of Singapore, since he assisted in suppressing the Malaysian uprising. The Briton skillfully ruled his patrimony: he fought against insanitary conditions, engaged in construction (in particular, he had a hospital, a fort, a prison, and other facilities necessary for the urban infrastructure).
The Bruk family ruled Sarawak until 1941, before the Japanese occupation began.
In Kuching, there is still a legend that Brooke, who came to Kuching, asked a passerby what city he was in. He replied: "Kuching."
At the same time - pointed to the cat. It is difficult to judge whether it was in fact, but the name stuck.
A lot of facts testify to the close connection of the city with cats. So, the international college of advanced technology is called I-CATS, and the local radio station - Cats FM.
College in Kuching is called I-CATS - International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak, and the local radio station is Cats FM. The main attraction of the city is, of course, the cat museum, where more than 4 thousand exhibits are exhibited, including paintings and sculptures related to cats. There is a mummified cat from Ancient Egypt, a gallery associated with cat advertising, and photographs of five species of wild cats found in Borneo.
Another story says that the cats saved the Malays in the middle of the last century. So, in Borneo, an outbreak of malaria. To combat malaria mosquitoes, the authorities decided to use the insecticide DDT, the main victims of which were cats.
After exterminating the four-fingered, epidemiologists condemned the city to an invasion of rats and an outbreak of plague. Then, 14 thousand cats were artificially imported to rural areas.