SISTER STATE AGREEMENT
"Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land."
– Tariq Ramadan
Population: 1 million
Capital: Kuala Terengganu
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Area: 13035 sq.km
Major Attractions: Redong Islands, Lake Kenvir, Pasir Raja, Chendering, Pulau Redang
Government: Parlimentary form, headed by a Chief Minister, with a Sultan as the titular ruler
Terengganu and Iowa became Sister States in 1987 through an agreement signed by Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Chief Minister Dato Seri Amar Di Raja of Terengganu. Over the years, there have been agriculture, education and arts exchanges.
The Terengganu relationship, one of Iowa's two sister states that identifies as a Muslim country, has been a wonderful resource and reason to hold two different conferences on Islam.
Meet the Leadership
Dr. Janet Heinicke is a longtime ISS volunteer. She has held a variety of responsibilities in the organization since the early '90s when she first traveled to Iowa's sister state in Stavropol Krai, Russia. After working as the Stavropol Chairman, she began working with Terengganu country committee.
Heinicke has traveled to all but one of Iowa's sister states. She has arranged for cultural exchanges of art and artifacts and organized several people to people exchanges. Heinicke, now a retired Professor of Art from Simpson College, maintains her studio in her home in Indianola and teaches at the DM Art Center.
Map from World Atlas