Capital of the largest state in Malaysia (Sarawak), Kuching is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a distinctly Borneo flavour and is known as the ‘Cat City’. Along the Sarawak river, sampans compete with old fishing trawlers for space and the sleek river cruise boats await the coming of night on the opposite shore to the old Kampungs with their wooden stilt houses. The white Rajahs’ hard-working and rusty dockyard contrasts with the polished gold of the mosque and the giant copper mushroom that is the state legislative assembly. From the fancy new European-style esplanade, the big mushroom and the astana seem very fine; yet from the carpenter’s lane where the poor old tinsmiths hammer away in their sheds it becomes more grandiose than grand. Despite some differences such as not having any Indian-Malaysians but having the fascinating and friendly indigenous tribes, Malaysian Borneo does share a high level of inequality with its Peninsular counterpart.