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Introduction to Malaysia

Malaysia is classified as one of the wealthiest and best developed countries in South East Asia. With multi-ethnic mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian people, Malaysia is a rewarding and fascinating location for any visitor.


Malaysia is divided into two areas which consist of peninsular Malaysia and eastern Malaysia. Halfway up the peninsula on its eastern side is Kuala Lumpur, the nation's capital. Contingency planning and controlled development have made Kuala Lumpur one of the most pleasant and attractive cities in Asia. It was once home to the tallest building in the world, the PETRONAS Twin Towers.


The peninsula's impressive infrastructure, coupled with beautiful scenery, makes travelling more of a pleasure than a chore.


Eastern Malaysia comprises the states of Sabah and Sarawak, which is located on the island of Borneo across the South China Sea. This part of the nation is home to a mix of indigenous tribes, each with their own culture and language. Vast stretches of uncharted rainforests give way to rugged mountain peaks, such as the imposing Mr. Kinabalu at a towering 4101 meter into the sky.


This is also the kingdom of one of the world's rarest mammals, the orang utan; its name derives from the Malay language, and literally translates as 'person of the jungle'.


Due to its proximity to the equator, Malaysia has a hot, humid climate (20-30C) that changes little throughout the year. The country's   language is Bahasa Malaysia, although within the   respective ethnic groupings, Chinese and Tamil    are spoken. However, English is also        widespread, and is the language of the business community.


Any food lover will be in heaven when they visit Malaysia! The country's racial mixture gives rise      to a   cuisine that is as diverse as it is delicious.   One Malaysian creation that everyone seems to enjoy is Nasi Lemak, which in the Malay word literally means 'rice in cream'. The name is derived from the cooking process whereby rice is soaked in coconut cream and then the mixture steamed. This, along with many other culinary delights can be found on the many street stalls that pepper the sidewalk in any typical Malaysian town.


Malaysia Map


Malaysia Quick Facts :


  • Country( Full Name)  - Federation Of Malaysia

  • Area - 329,758 sq km

  • Population - 25 million

  • Capital City - Kuala Lumpur

  • Language - Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese dialects, Tamil English,  plus the indigenous languages of     the tribal people

  • Religion - 52% Muslim, 17% Buddhist, 12% Taoist, 8% Christian, 8% Hindu, 2% Tribal

  • Prime Minister - Y.A.B Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak

  • Currency - Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

  • Climate - Tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures range from 21c to 32c. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

  • Time - GMT + 8 hours

  • Government - Parliament democracy with a bicameral legislative system. The Head of State is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Head of Government is the Prime Minister.
  • People  - 50% Malay, 33% Chinese, 9% Indian. Also indigenous tribes such as Orang Asli and Iban

  • Major products - Tin, rubber, palm oil, timber, textiles, electronics

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