Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.
The mountain ranges in Malaysia were formed through orogenesis beginning in the Mesozoic era. The total land area of Malaysia is 329,847 square kilometers (127,350 sq mi), the 66th largest country in the world in terms of area. It is the only country to contain land on both mainland Asia and the Malay Archipelago.
Key cities in Malaysia include: Kuala Lumpur, George Town of Penang, Ipoh, Johor bahru, Malacca City, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Alor Setar, Tawau, and Sandakan.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
When it was established on September 16, 1963, Malaysia comprised the territories of Malaya (now Peninsular Malaysia), the island of Singapore, and the colonies of Sarawak and Sabah in northern Borneo. In August 1965 Singapore seceded from the federation and became an independent republic
Malaysia is a multi-cultural society. The main ethnic groups are the native Malays as well as large populations of Chinese, and Indians. When visiting the country it is clear that the ethnicities retain their religions, customs and way of life. The most important festivals of each group are public holidays.
Brief Country History
The Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak are witnesses to early civilization as proven by archeological remains discovered throughout these islands. From the mid to late 1st millennium, the Malay Archipelago to a great extent is under the influence of Srivijaya. During the 2nd and 3rd centuries, approximately 30 Malay kingdoms emerged and flourished. By the 15th century, the dynasty founded by Sultan Iskandar formed the Malacca Sultanate. It conquered peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand, and the eastern coast of Sumatra and Malacca became a very important port in Southeast Asia.
In 1786, the British established its first colony and took control of Malacca by 1824 after the Anglo-Dutch Treat of 1824 which divides the Malay Archipelago between Britain and the Netherlands. The Japanese attack on Malaya during World War II paved way for Malays’ cry of independence. In 1946, the Malayan Union was constituted and all of the British possessions in Malaya except for Singapore were all dissolved and replaced by the Federation of Malaya in 1948. The early years of sovereignty are immediately followed by tough events such as the formation of Malaysia which created conflict with Indonesia, Singapore’s eventual exit in 1965, racial riots and rivalries in 1969, and the Philippines’ claim on Sabah. From the early 1980s to mid-1990s, Malaysia saw major economic development under the government of Mahathir bin Mohamad. Unfortunately, in the late 1990s, the country was hit by the East Asia Financial Crisis plus the dismissal of the deputy prime minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim which resulted to various political fighting. In 2003, Malaysia’s longest-serving Prime Minister Dr Mahathir retired and his deputy Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took in charge.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
The Malaysian language or Malaysian Malay (Malay: Bahasa Melayu Malaysia). It is spoken by much of the Malaysian population, although most learn a vernacular form of Malay.
Important Types of Commerce in Malaysia
The service sector of Malaysia is dominated by financial services, tourism, and medical technology. The primary products dominating the Malaysian agricultural industry are palm oil, rubber, paddy, and coconut. The major industries in the country are the electronics industry, construction, and automotive industries.
Language Services US and others will provide working with Malaysia
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