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  Discover Malaysia
 

Malaysia is a melting pot of numerous ethnicities, and has evolved into a true exemplar of "Asia" (It's truly Asia!). Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colorful festivals.

Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. There are two parts to the country, 11 states in the peninsula of Malaysia and 2 states on the northern part of Borneo. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

The city of Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is better known, the heartbeat of the nation buzzes with vitality. This vibrant city is the center of entertainment, shopping, commerce, culture and most activities of import to the nation. A charming mix of old and new with towering skyscrapers sharing elbow space with charming, colonial structures Kuala Lumpur has a unique character. The people, a heady multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious blend, make the concoction of Kuala Lumpur even more striking. As the commercial hub, Kuala Lumpur has excellent comprehensive offerings for business and MICE activities. Kuala Lumpur is truly the gateway to a world of action, excitement and discoveries with great shopping, dining, places of interest and entertainment opportunities

Geographic Location 

Situated between 2º and 7º to the North of the Equator line, Peninsular Malaysia is separated from Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. In the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia lies Thailand, and in the south, neighboring Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are bounded by Indonesia while Sarawak also shares borders with Brunei.

 

Area
329,758 square km

 

Population

27.17 million

 

Capital City

Kuala Lumpur

 

People

Malays comprise 57% of the population, while the Chinese, Indian and Bumiputeras and other races make up the rest of the country's population.

 

Language

(Bahasa Melayu)Malay is the national language in use, but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also converse in the various languages and dialects.

 

Religion

Islam is the official religion of the country, but other religions are widely practised.

 

Government

Malaysia follows the bicameral legislative system, adopting a democratic parliamentary. The head of the country is the King or the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a position which is changed every five years among the Malay Sultanates. The head of government is the Prime Minister.

 

Weather

The country experiences tropical weather year-round. Temperatures are from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59° F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

 

Main Holidays

New Year*, Hari Raya Aidiladha*, Federal Territory Day **, Chinese New Year *, Awal Muharam*, Maulidur Rasul*, Labour Day*, Wesak*, King's Birthday*, National Day* Deepavali# Hari Raya Aidilfitri* Christmas*


Note: (*) - National Holidays (**) - Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur & Labuan only (#) - except Labuan & Sarawak

 

Economic Profile

Manufacturing constitutes the largest single component of Malaysia's economy. Tourism and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and timber are major contributors to the economy.

 

Currency

The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM. The exchange rate is valued at USD1 = RM3.40. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and money changers.

 

Time

Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S Standard Time.

 

Electricity

Voltage is 220 - 240 Volt AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3- pin square plugs and socket.

 

Measurement and Weight

Malaysia follows the metric system for weight and measurement.

 

Telephone

Local calls can be made from public phones using shillings or prepaid cards. International calls can also be made using card phones or at any Telekom office.

 

Accommodation

Malaysia has a wide range of accommodation at competitive rates. International standard hotels, medium and budget hotels, youth hostels are just some of the types of accommodation available.

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