KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 (Bernama) — Kicking off his maiden visit to Malaysia Friday, Britain’s Prince Charles expressed his fascination with the country’s cultural heritage and racial diversity.

“I must say that I’ve always been fascinated by Malaysia’s rich cultural, religious and racial diversity – which, if I may say so, is something to be both cherished and celebrated,” the Prince of Wales said at a reception hosted by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.

“I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be in Malaysia for the first time and in this 60th anniversary year of Malaysia’s independence,” the heir to the British throne said at his first official engagement of the week-long tour.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in the Malaysian capital yesterday on an official visit to this multi-ethnic Southeast Asian nation of over 30 million people, one of the stops of Their Royal Highnesses’ Autumn Tour.

The reception was held at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, located a stone’s throw away from the National Mosque in the heart of the city.