54 Facts About Malaysia

1. In 1991, Malaysia's ruling party, the United Malays National Organization, raised the issue of the abuse of privilege by Malaysia's nine hereditary rulers.

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2. Malaysia is becoming an increasingly consumer-oriented society, and numerous shopping malls cater to the needs of Malaysia's growing middle class and the many expatriates living in Kuala Lumpur.

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3. Malaysia is the first country where we discovered Hawker Centers.

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4. Malaysia is the ninth most visited country in the world, According to the World Tourism Organization, with 27 million visitors in 2016.

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5. Malaysia is a multi-religious society, and Islam is the country's official religion.

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6. Malaysia has nine different Royal Families, the highest in the world.

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7. Malaysia is the only country in the world with its territory on both the mainland of Asia and the islands that form the Malay Archipelago.

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8. Malaysia has the largest cave chamber on the planet, it´s the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak.

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9. Malaysia is the only country that posses land on continental Asia and the Malay Archipelago.

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10. Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia.

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11. Malaysia has its own species of stripey orange big cat, the Malayan Tiger—which is found on the Malay Peninsula.

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12. Malaysia is home to some 31 million people, but only half this head-count is Malay.

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13. Malaysia has land borders with Thailand, as well as Indonesia and Brunei (on Borneo).

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14. Malaysia has a bicameral parliament, with a 70-member Senate and a 222-member House of Representatives.

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15. East Malaysia includes the states of Sarawak and Sabah, and the federal territory of Labuan.

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16. Malaysia has large deposits of tin on the Malay Peninsula.

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17. Malaysia is a frequent contributor to UN and other peacekeeping missions, including recent deployments to East Timor, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Lebanon.

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18. The Government of Malaysia has taken an active role in guiding the nation's economic development.

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19. In 2002, Malaysia produced an estimated 900,000 tons of coal.

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20. In 2001, Malaysia signed an agreement with Bahrain, Indonesia, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia to establish the International Islamic Financial Market in an effort to foster Islamic banking.

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21. In 2005, Malaysia had active armed forces numbering 110,000 with reservists of 51,600.

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22. The United States and Malaysia have a record of cooperation in many areas, including trade and investment, defense, counter-terrorism, and counter-narcotics.

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23. Malaysia is a major destination for outsourcing after China and India.

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24. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, nominally headed by the Yang diPertuan Agong, customarily referred to as the king.

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25. Malaysia is a frequent contributor to UN and other peacekeeping missions, including recent deployments to East Timor, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, and Lebanon.

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26. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, nominally headed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, customarily referred to as the king.

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27. Malaysia is close to the opium producing areas of the "Golden Triangle" where Burma, Thailand, and Laos meet.

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28. East Malaysia is bordered on the north by the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, on the east by the Celebes Sea, and on the south and west by Kalimantan.

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29. In 1967, Malaysia proclaimed Bahasa Melayu the national language for purposes of administration and education.

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30. Malaysia has a combined land area of 329, 760 square kilometers and is similar in size to New Mexico in the United States.

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31. The Supreme Court, the highest court in Malaysia, reviews decisions referred from the High Courts and has original jurisdiction in constitutional matters and in disputes between states or between the Federal Government and a State.

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32. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, nominally headed by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, or paramount ruler.

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33. East Malaysia can be reached in 2 hours on flights across the South China Sea.

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34. Malaysia has a single stock exchange, the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

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35. Malaysia has one of the highest savings rates in the world, at a level of around 40 percent of GDP.

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36. Malaysia is one of ASEAN's leading exporters of furniture, with total exports reaching about US$1.02 billion in 1999.

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37. In 2000, Malaysia produced 21.94 million cubic meters of sawed logs, earning RM1.7 billion from exports.

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38. In some sectors, Malaysia has begun to experience a shortage of labor.

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39. Malaysia is situated in Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand in the north, Indonesia in the south, and the Philippines in the east.

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40. Malaysia is self-sufficient in pork and poultry production and exports to other countries in the region, particularly Singapore and Japan.

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41. Malaysia has cooperated with the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 23-member Asian security network, helping to reduce tensions over the disputed Spratley Islands in the South China Sea.

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42. In 2005, Malaysia had 110,000 active personnel in its armed forces, with 51,600 reservists.

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43. The number of live births in Malaysia stood at 508,203 babies in the year 2016.

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44. Malaysia is strategically located on the Strait of Malacca, one of the most important shipping lanes in the world.

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45. In 2016, Malaysia ranked the fifth position on The World's Best Retirement Havens while getting in the first place as the best place in Asia to retire.

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46. Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5 per cent annually from 1957 to 2005.

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47. Malaysia is the only country with territory on both the Asian mainland and the Malay archipelago.

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48. Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy, and the only federation in Southeast Asia.

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49. The name "Malaysia" was adopted in 1963 when the existing states of the Federation of Malaya, plus Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak formed a new federation.

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50. Malaysia is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the East Asia Summit, and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Non-Aligned Movement.

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51. Malaysia has a newly industrialised market economy, ranked 4th largest in Southeast Asia and 38th largest in the world.

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52. In 2017, English proficiency in Malaysia was ranked the 2nd best in Asia and the 13th best in the world.

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53. Malaysia has its origins in the Malay kingdoms which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire when the Straits Settlements became British protectorates.

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54. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam.

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