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Malaysia General Info
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Area

329,733 sq kilometres or 127,311 square miles.

Population

23,266,000 as per the official estimate in 2000.

Population Density

70.6 per sq kilometre.

Capital

Kuala Lumpur Population

1,297,526 (2000).

Geography

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.

Peninsular 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 coast.

Government

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.

Language

Bahasa Malaysia is the official language and English is widely spoken. Chinese (Cantonese and Hokkien), Iban and Tamil are spoken by minorities.

Religion

Muslim (53%) and Buddhist (19%) make up the majorities. Also Taoist, Christian, Hindu, Confucianism and Animist.

Time

GMT + 8 hours.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs and bayonet-type light fittings.
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