Walter François's new book on Langkawi
A trip that started out as a journey to discover more about the mystical legend of Mahsuri in 2001 has eventually ended up with the birth of a coffee-table book titled 'Langkawi-Island of Mysterious Legends.'

Written by a former Belgian banker turned author Walter François, the book features `more than sunny skies and sandy beaches' - the diversified attractions of the mystical island.

"Langkawi offers its visitors paradise. Although I was never a sun lover, I must admit that I'd fallen in love with it ever since I set my foot on it.

"The island is truly fascinating," he said in an interview on his new book with Bernama.

François, 58, has returned to Langkawi four times since holidaying with his family on the island for the first time in 2001.

François' 176-page Langkawi- Island of Mysterious Legends opens with the legend of Mahsuri and her infamous curse.

It contains 218 pictures which were taken by himself, capturing the many colourful attractions of the island.

"There are so many other things that one can do and explore in the island such as getting involved in its culture, adventure and nature activities," he said.

The writer chose different colour tones to depict the different periods of Langkawi - from black and white to coloured photographs to represent the transition of Langkawi from the dark period to its present developments and the prosperity era.

He included pictorials of various activities in Langkawi.

Love aside, François wants to help promote Langkawi as an ideal tourist destination especially in Belgium and other European countries which the island is less well known.

He also hopes that the book will be able to rekindle a sense of belonging among the people to sustain its ecosystem.

"It's a beautiful island, and I feel that we should safeguard its nature for the future generations," he said, adding that he was dedicating the book to his nine-month-old grand daughter, Xani.

Langkawi-Island of Mysterious Legends took one year to complete and cost some RM150,000 to produce.

Apart from Langkawi-Island of Mysterious Legends, François has also produced another book on Malaysia. Simply titled 'Malaysia' the book was his first and was launched in 2001.

"I plan to start writing another book on Sarawak next year," he added.

Source: Bernama
Date: 27/12/2005
Author: Voon Miaw Ping

Other articles:

•  2011/01/28 Former PM launches Book
•  2011/01/19 For the love of Malaysia
•  2011/01/17 Malaysia 'kekasih' Walter (Malay)
•  2011/01/07 Belgian writer launches his fourth book on Malaysia
•  2010/12/30 Wherever you go, have respect!
•  2008/09/19 Walter François: "MaleisiŽ is echt geen apenland" (Dutch)
•  2008/08 Ghent in Kuala Lumpur, a photographic exhibition by Walter François
•  2008/08 Ghent in Kuala Lumpur
•  2008/06/18 Bonding two nations via photographs
•  2007/09/19 From banking to writing
•  2006/11/17 Gemeente Lochristi: Exotische sfeer in gemeentehuis (Dutch)
•  2005/12/27 Walter François's new book on Langkawi
•  2005/12/27 Penulis Belgium hasilkan buku tentang Langkawi (Malay)
•  2005/12/14 Belgian writer's new book On Langkawi out next week
•  2005/11/02 Belgian Banker-turned-author promotes Malaysia through books
•  2002/02 Walter François presents Malaysia
•  2001/06/11 Belgian banker to publish picture book on Malaysia
•  2001/06 Kekaguman warga Belgium terhadap Malaysia (Malay)
•  1999/07/03 Borneo anders bekeken (Dutch)
•  1999/04/28 Pictorial book on two States being compiled
•  1998/06/26 Dok Mungki Walter
•  1997/07 Tentoonstelling 'Borneo 2000' (Dutch)
Preview Gallery
Below a small selection of pictures which are featured in Walter's latest coffee table book. Click on the pictures to see the larger version.