20 Facts About Malaysia

1. Peninsular Malaysia was unified as the Malayan Union in 1946.

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2. The name Malaysia gained some use to label what is the Malay Archipelago.

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3. 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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4. Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy; the only federal country in Southeast Asia.

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5. Malaysia's ranking in the 2020 Press Freedom Index increased by 22 places to 101st compared to the previous year, making it one of two countries in Southeast Asia without a 'Difficult situation' or 'Very Serious situation' with regards to press freedom.

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6. Malaysia signed the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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

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8. The Strait of Malacca, lying between Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, is one of the most important thoroughfares in global commerce, carrying 40 per cent of the world's trade.

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9. Two parts of Malaysia, separated from each other by the South China Sea, share a largely similar landscape in that both Peninsular and East Malaysia feature coastal plains rising to hills and mountains.

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10. Around these two halves of Malaysia are numerous islands, the largest of which is Banggi.

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11. The forests of East Malaysia are estimated to be the habitat of around 2,000 tree species, and are one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, with 240 different species of trees every hectare.

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12. Malaysia is a relatively open state-oriented and newly industrialised market economy.

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13. Chinese businesses in Malaysia are part of the larger bamboo network, a network of overseas Chinese businesses in the Southeast Asian market sharing common family and cultural ties.

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14. Malaysia is an exporter of natural and agricultural resources, and petroleum is a major export.

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15. Malaysia remains one of the world's largest producers of palm oil.

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16. Malaysia was ranked 38th in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019.

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17. Railway transport in Malaysia is state-run, and spans some 2,783 kilometres.

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18. Energy production in Malaysia is largely based on oil and natural gas, owing to Malaysia's oil reserves and natural gas reserves, which is the fourth largest in Asia-Pacific region.

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19. The different states have varied dishes, and often the food in Malaysia is different from the original dishes.

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20. The Squash Racquets Association Of Malaysia was created on 25 June 1972.

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