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Overview

Malaysia ‘Truly Asia’ is rich in culture, nature, heritage, lifestyle, cuisines and is the largest and fastest growing economic region in the world. Malaysia, located in Southeast Asia, is separated by the South China Sea into two non-contiguous regions: the Peninsula Malaysia region bordering Thailand (i.e. West Malaysia) and the Malaysia Borneo region bordering Indonesia and Brunei (i.e. East Malaysia). Malaysia is divided into 13 states and three federal territories, with Kuala Lumpur as the capital and Putrajaya as the seat of the federal government. The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia, and the currency is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR).

Malaysia has emerged as an attractive regional hub for services, including financial services, information and communications technology (ICT), and logistics sectors. Malaysia is increasingly being recognized as an innovative international Islamic financial centre. It is also emerging as a springboard or centre for regional expansion into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in view of its strategic, central location and multi-lingual ‘Truly Asia’ mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian population.

 The demographics of Malaysia are represented by multi ethnic group with the population of  above 32 million which makes it 42nd most populated country in the world.

Malay

50.2%

Chinese

22.4%

Other indigenous

11.8%

Indian

6.7%

Non-citizen

8.1%

Other

0.8%

Malaysia enjoys tropical i.e. hot and humid throughout the year. However, the weather is never too hot and temperature range from mild 20 to 30 degree Celsius average throughout the year. Average annual humidity is around 80%. Mountainous regions and any area above sea level may experience cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Malaysia receives plenty of precipitation during monsoon season, but the rest of the year stays fairly dry. The average annual rainfall for Malaysia is about 100 inches, but this is distributed throughout the country and occurs mostly during monsoon season.

Generally, Malaysia enjoys a warm, sunny climate with little temperature fluctuation from season to season.

Malaysia rainy season (monsoon season): May to September in the Southwest; November to March in the Northeast.

Malaysian dry Season: April to December in the Northeast; October to April in the Southwest.

Malaysian food is highly inspired by Thai, Chinese, Indonesian and Indian cuisine.  Rice (Nasi) and noodles are most common to all cuisine and spicy dishes are also favorites. They consider the best ‘char kuayteow’ (fried flat noodle dish) or ‘nasilemak’ (coconut rice dish).

Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture. The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. In Sabah and Sarawak, there are a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique culture and heritage.