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Capital
»Kuala Lumpur

Official Language
»Malaysian

Demonym
»Malaysian

Government
»Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, Elective monarchy.

Area
»329,847 km2 (67th)

Population
»28,334,135

GDP (PPP)
»$746.821 billion (28th)
»Per capita $24,520.784 (42nd)

GDP (nominal)
»$336.913 billion (35th)
»Per capita $11,062.043 (65th)

Currency
»Ringgit (RM) (MYR)

Time Zone
»MST (UTC+8)

Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres (127,350 sq mi) separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo).

Malaysia Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government.

Malaysia Putra Mosque, Putrajaya

Putra Mosque, Putrajaya

In 2010 the population was 28.33 million, with 22.6 million living in Peninsular Malaysia. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia, located in the tropics. It is one of 17 mega diverse countries on earth, with large numbers of endemic species.

Malaysia is a relatively open state-oriented and newly industrialised market economy. The state plays a significant but declining role in guiding economic activity through macroeconomic plans. Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5 per cent annually from 1957 to 2005.

Malaysia High-Tech circuit factory

High-Tech circuit factory

According to a report of HSBC, Malaysia will become the world’s 21st largest economy by 2050, with a GDP of $1.2 trillion (Year 2000 dollars) and a GDP per capita of $29,247 (Year 2000 dollars). The report also says “The electronic equipment, petroleum, and liquefied natural gas producer will see a substantial increase in income per capita.

Malaysia Honda Factory, Batu Kawan

Honda Factory, Batu Kawan

Malaysian life expectancy, relatively high level of schooling, and above average fertility rate will help in its rapid expansion”. Viktor Shvets, the managing director of Credit Suisse, has said “Malaysia has all the right ingredients to become a developed nation”.

Malaysia Northport

Northport, Selangor

Malaysia is ranked 24 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 0.991233

Top 5 Products exported by Malaysia

  1. Refined Petroleum (10%),
  2. Petroleum Gas (8.4%),
  3. Palm Oil (6.7%),
  4. Integrated Circuits(5.6%),
  5. Computers (5.1%)

Top 5 Export destinations of Malaysia

  1. Singapore (13%),
  2. Japan (12%),
  3. China (12%),
  4. United States (7.3%),
  5. Thailand (5.1%)

Top 5 Products imported by Malaysia

  1. Integrated Circuits (9.7%),
  2. Refined Petroleum (9.0%),
  3. Crude Petroleum (4.4%),
  4. Office Machine Parts (2.0%),
  5. Planes, Helicopters, and/or Spacecraft (1.9%)

Top 5 Import origins of Malaysia

  1. China (16%),
  2. Singapore (14%),
  3. Japan (9.3%),
  4. Indonesia (6.1%),
  5. Thailand (5.9%)

To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia – a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals.

Malaysia Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs.

Malaysia Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

Malaysia Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park

To see
  • Malaysia is a fascinating country with many faces. It’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, and its attractions vary from the iconic Petronas Towers in bustling Kuala Lumpur to perfect sandy beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungles with orangutans and tigers.
  • There are various impressive national parks.
  • Expeditions range from those where you hardly lose sight of the hotel to those where you are fully immersed in the jungle for weeks, with only the guide and yourself. To spot a tiger or wild elephant in its natural habitat you might have to spend more than a few days in the wild, but you’ll have no trouble seeing smaller wildlife.
  • Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Malaysia and one of the best places to see proboscis monkeys. The vast jungles of
  • Taman Negara have become a popular destination for ecotourists, just like the remote but gorgeous Gunung Mulu National Park, a
  • World Heritage Site famous for its limestone karst formations, stone pinnacles and huge caves. To escape from the muggy tropics, do as the English did and head up to the cool tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands or climb Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.


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