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Destination Malaysia, a virtual guide to the country in Southeast Asia that was formerly known as "Malaya".
Malaysia consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea: the peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia) on the Malay Peninsula bordered by Thailand on the north, and Malaysian Borneo (or East Malaysia) located on the northern part of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and surrounding the Sultanate of Brunei.
On this page you will find comprehensive information about the country in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Malaysia and you will find extensive travel and tourism information.

Petrona Towers Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur
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Federation of Malaysia | Persekutuan Malaysia

Country Profile


Malaysia Flag

Flag of Malaysia
Coat of arms of Malaysia
Coat of arms of Malaysia
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Official Name:
Persekutuan Malaysia
short form: Malaysia
int'l long form: Federation of Malaysia

ISO Country Code: my

Local Time = UTC +8h: Fri-Aug-1  09:41

Country Calling Code: +60

Capital City: Kuala Lumpur (pop. 6.9 million in metropolitan area)
Seat of Government: Putrajaya

Other Cities:
Penang, Ipoh, Malacca, Johor Baru, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Alor Setar, Shah Alam.

Government:
Type: Federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch.
Independence: 31. August 1957. (Malaya, which is now peninsular Malaysia, became independent in 1957. In 1963 Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore formed Malaysia. Singapore became an independent country in 1965.). Constitution: 31 August 1957, amended 16 September 1963.

Geography:
Location: Southeastern Asia, partly on Malay Peninsula south of Thailand and on the northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam.
Area: 330,000 km² (127,316 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Coastal plains and interior, jungle-covered mountains. The South China Sea separates peninsular Malaysia from East Malaysia on Borneo.

Climate: Tropical, annual southwest (Apr to Oct) and northeast (Oct to Feb) monsoons.

People:
Nationality: Malaysian(s).
Population: 29 million (2012)
Ethnic groups: Malay 50%, Chinese 24%, Indigenous 11.0%, Indian 7%, non-Malaysian citizens 7 %.
Religions: Islam (60%), Buddhism (20%), Christianity (10%), Hinduism (6%),Confucianism (2.6%), Animism (1%), others (including Taoism, Sikhism, Baha'i faith).
Languages: Malay, Cantonese, Hokkien, Mandarin Chinese, English, Tamil, indigenous.
Literacy: 94%.

Natural resources: Tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite.

Agriculture products: Peninsular Malaysia - rubber, palm oil, cocoa, rice; Sabah - subsistence crops, rubber, timber, coconuts, rice; Sarawak - rubber, pepper; timber.

Industries:
Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, light manufacturing industry, electronics, tin mining and smelting, logging and processing timber.
Sabah - logging, petroleum production.
Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum production and refining, logging.

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)


Malaysia in numbers
Malaysia Key Statistical Data.



Background:
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country in Southeast Asia and one of the wealthiest and most developed countries, outranked in GNP only by Singapore and oil-rich Brunei. The Federation of Malaya became an independent country on 31 August 1957.
On 16 September 1963 the federation was enlarged by the accession of the states of Singapore, Sabah (formerly British North Borneo) and Sarawak. The name "Malaysia" was adopted from that date. Singapore left the federation on 9 August 1965.


border countries: Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand

related countries: United Kingdom
 


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Official Sites of Malaysia

royal Malaysias Monarchy System
Malaysia practices a system of government based on Constitutional Monarchy
and Parliamentary Democracy at two levels, Federal and State levels.
At the Federal level the head of State is the King and the head of government is the Prime Minister.


Prime Minister's Office
Official website of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Parlimen Malaysia
Official Website of the Parliament of Malaysia.


myGovernment
The Malaysia Government's Official Portal.


Kementerian Luar Negeri
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations
Malaysia's Permanent Mission to the UN.
High Commission of Malaysia
Official Website of High Commission of Malaysia, London
Malaysia's Missions Worldwide
List of addresses of Malaysia's Missions Worldwide.
Foreign Missions in Malaysia
List of addresses of Foreign Missions in Malaysia.

Visa Information
Visa Malaysia
Visa Requirement for Foreigners.

Malaysian States
Johor
The State of Johor (Johore).
Kedah State Government
The State of Kedah.
Kelantan
The State of Kelantan.
Melaka
The Historic City State of Malaysia.
Negeri Sembilan
The State of Negeri Sembilan.
Pahang
The State of Pahang.
Penang
Penag Government site (in Bahasa Melayu).
Perak
The State of Perak.
Perlis
Kerajaan Negeri Perlis, the State of Perlis.
Sabah
The State of Sabah.
Sarawak
The State of Sarawak.
Selangor
The State of Selangor.
Terengganu
The State of Terengganu (Trengganu).


Maps

 NEW  profile Map of Peninsular Malaysia
Map of West Malaysia showing the search area where Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is supposed to be found.
profile Political Map of Malaysia
Map of Malaysia showing Malaysia's 13 states (negeri).
Google Earth Google Map Malaysia
Searchable map and satellite view of Malaysia.
Google Earth Google Map Kuala Lumpur
Searchable map and satellite view of Malaysia's capital city.
Google Earth Google Map Johor Bahru
Searchable map and satellite view of Johor Bahru (JB), Malaysia's second largest city.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
 

News

Daily Express
Independent National Newspaper of East Malaysia.
New Malaysia Free Press (NMFP)
Malaysia related news agencies headlines.
New Straits Times
New Straits Times online news.
The Star
Malaysian News for the world.

Aliran online
Monthly magazin; Malaysia's first multi-ethnic reform movement dedicated to justice, freedom and solidarity.

Malay language newspaper
Berita Harian
Malay News.
Harian Metro
Most circulated Malay language newspaper.
Utusan Malaysia
Malay language newspaper.



 
Dayak Dancer
Dayak cultural dancers with Mount Santubong in the background. © MTPB

Arts & Culture

Dr. Mahadare
MahaDARE the Cartoon, Satire on Asian Politics & Social Issues.
Malay Films (filemelayu.cjb.net)
Films from Malaysia.
Malaysia Today
Malaysia blog by Raja Petra Kamaruddin providing news and commentary critical of the administration.
 

 

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange

Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Malaysian business information.

Malaysian Products
Proton
Malaysia's first car manufacturer.
Perodua
Malaysia's second automobile manufacturer.

Transportation

__Airlines

AirAsia
Malaysian low cost airline.
Malaysia Airlines
Serves over 100 destinations in Asia, Australia, USA and Europe.


Malaysia's International Airports with their IATA airport codes:

KLIA
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
IATA code: KUL

Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport; IATA code: BKI

Kuching International Airport
Sarawak's main airport; IATA code: KCH

Langkawi International Airport
On the island of Langkawi; IATA code: LGK

Penang International Airport
On the island of Penang; IATA code: PEN

Senai International Airport
Sultan Ismail International Airport near Johor Bahru
IATA code: JHB.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Malaysian airport company who manages most of the airports in Malaysia.


__Railroad
KTMB - Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
Malaysia railway network system.
 


Destination Malaysia - Country Guides


Tourism Malaysia
Official site of The Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB).

Malaysia Guide
by the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board New York.


Tourism Negeri Sembilan
Travel and tourism guide to Negeri Sembilan state.
Sabah Tourism Board
Travel and tourism guide to Sabah state.
Sarawak Tourism Board
Travel and tourism guide to Sarawak state.
Tourism Terengganu
A travel and tourism guide to the Malaysian state on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.


City Guides
Kuala Lumpur
Government of the City of Kuala Lumpur.
Vision KL
Kuala Lumpur City Magazine.

Hotels
Hotels in Malaysia
Find a Hotel in Malaysia.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Iban girls
Iban Women at Citrawarna © MTPB

Education

Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia
The National Library of Malaysia.
Student.Com.my
Malaysia's Student Network.
University of Malaya
The first university in the country, Kuala Lumpur.
Universiti Teknologi
 
 

Environment

Department of Environment
Official site of the Malaysian Department of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment.
 
 

History

National Archives of Malaysia
Custodian of the Nation's Heritage.
 
 

Search

Cari
Malaysia Search Engine.
Malaysia Directory
Malaysian Search Engine Portal.
Open Directory: Malaysia

Additional Information on Malaysia

BBC News Country Profile: Malaysia
Reporters sans frontières - Malaysia
Press Freedom Malaysia.
Wikipedia: Malaysia
The World Factbook -- Malaysia
 
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