329,733 sq kilometres or 127,311 square miles.
23,266,000 as per the official estimate in 2000.
70.6 per sq kilometre.
Kuala Lumpur Population
Malaysia is in
central South-East Asia,
shares the borders in the north
with Thailand, in the south with Singapore
and Indonesia and in the east with the Philippines. The country consists of the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the north coast of the island of Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia.
Malaysia is a mountainous region running from the north
to the south on either side of which are low-lying coastal plains. The
coastline stretches some 1,900 kilometres or 1,200 miles. The west coast comprises
mudflat's and mangrove swamps, that separate into bays and inlets.
The plains in the
east coast are unsheltered and boast quiet beaches that are backed by dense
jungle while in the west have been cleared and cultivated.
Sarawak consists of swampy coastal plains with
rivers penetrating the jungle-clad hills and mountains of the
interior while Sabah comprises a narrow coastal plain that gives way
to the mountains and jungles. Mount Kinabalu standing at 4,094 metres or
13,432 feet is the highest point in Malaysia.
The larger islands are Langkawi (consists of 99 islands), Penang,
Pangkor, Tioman, Redang, Kapas, Perhentian and Rawa off the east
Constitutional monarchy since 1963. Gained independence from the
United Kingdom in 1957.
Head of State: King Syed
Sirrajuddin ibni al-Marhum Syed Putra Jamalullail since 2001.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mahathir
Mohammad since 1981.
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language and English
is widely spoken. Chinese (Cantonese and Hokkien), Iban and Tamil
are spoken by minorities.
Muslim (53%) and Buddhist (19%)
make up the majorities. Also Taoist, Christian, Hindu, Confucianism
GMT + 8 hours.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs and
bayonet-type light fittings.