Introducing Malaysia

Since I am here, i will be glad to let you know a bit of Malaysia 

   MY Twin Tower        Malaysian Flag  

Location:        Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam.

Background:  During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo joined the Federation. The first several years of the country’s history were marred by Indonesian efforts to control Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore‘s secession from the Federation in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials, to expansion in manufacturing, services, and tourism. 

Climate:         Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons. 

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

Natural hazards:   Flooding, landslides, forest fires    

Population:    24,821,286 (July 2007 est.)   

Ethnic groups:   Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.) 

Religions:   Muslim 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6%, other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8% (2000 census) 

 Languages:   Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

 Note: in East Malaysia there are several indigenous languages; most widely spoken are Iban and Kadazan .

Next will be the place where we reside, Kondo Mutiara, Bandar Perda…situated in Bukit Mertajam, Penang Malaysia.

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