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Countries of the World: Malaysia
Resources about Malaysia including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Malaysia Nominal GDP: $191.5 billion. Annual real GDP growth rate: 5.9% (2006); 6.3% (2007); 4.6% (2008); -1.7% (2009). Nominal per capita income (GNI): $ 6,897. Natural resources: Petroleum, liquefied natural gas (LNG), tin, minerals. Agricultural products: Palm oil, rubber, timber, cocoa, rice, tropical fruit, fish, coconut. Industry: Types--electronics, electrical products, chemicals, food and beverages, metal and machine products, apparel. Trade: Merchandise exports--$1167.7 billion: electronic products, manufactured goods, petroleum, palm oil, liquid natural gas, apparel, timber, rubber. Major markets-- Singapore 14.0%, China 12.2%, U.S. 11.0%, Japan 9.8%. Merchandise imports--$131.8 billion: electronic products, machinery, chemicals, manufactured goods, petroleum products. Major suppliers-- China 14.0%, Japan 12.5%, U.S. 11.2%, Singapore 11.1%.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm

Geography of Malaysia Area: 329,748 sq. km. (127,315 sq. mi.); slightly larger than New Mexico. Cities: Capital--Kuala Lumpur. Other cities--Penang, Ipoh, Malacca, Johor Baru, Shah Alam, Klang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Miri, Petaling Jaya. Terrain: Coastal plains and interior, jungle-covered mountains. The South China Sea separates peninsular Malaysia from East Malaysia on Borneo. Climate: Tropical.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm

Government of Malaysia Type: Federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch. Independence: August 31, 1957. (Malaya, which is now peninsular Malaysia, became independent in 1957. In 1963 Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore formed Malaysia. Singapore became an independent country in 1965.) Constitution: 1957. Subdivisions: 13 states and three federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan Island, Putrajaya federal administrative territory). Each state has an assembly and government headed by a chief minister. Nine of these states have hereditary rulers, generally titled "sultans," while the remaining four have appointed governors in counterpart positions. Branches: Executive--Yang di-Pertuan Agong (head of state and customarily referred to as the king; has ceremonial duties), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral parliament, comprising 70-member Senate (26 elected by the 13 state assemblies, 44 appointed by the king on the prime minister's recommendation) and 222- member House of Representatives (elected from single-member districts). Judicial--Federal Court, Court of Appeals, high courts, session's courts, magistrate's courts, and juvenile courts. Sharia courts hear cases on certain matters involving Muslims only. Political parties: Barisan Nasional (National Front)--a coalition comprising the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and 12 other parties, most of which are ethnically based; Democratic Action Party (DAP); Parti Islam se Malaysia (PAS); Parti Keadilan Rakyat Malaysia (PKR). There are more than 30 registered political parties, including the foregoing, not all of which are represented in the federal parliament. Suffrage: Universal adult (voting age 21).
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm

Map of Malaysia This Map of Malaysia shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm

Official Name of Malaysia The Official Name of Malaysia is Malaysia. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm

People of Malaysia Nationality: Noun and adjective--Malaysian(s). Population (2009): 28.3 million. Annual growth rate: 2.0%. Ethnic groups: Malay 53.3%, Chinese 26.0%, indigenous 11.8%, Indian 7.7%, others 1.2%. Religions: Islam (60.4%), Buddhism (19.2%), Christianity (9.1%), Hinduism (6.3%), other/none (5.0%). Languages: Bahasa Melayu (official), Chinese (various dialects), English, Tamil, indigenous. Education: Years compulsory--6. Attendance--90.1% (primary), 60.0% (secondary). Literacy--93.5%. Health: Infant mortality rate (2007)--6.7/1,000. Life expectancy (2007)--female 76.4 yrs., male 71.9 yrs. Work force (10.89 million, 2007): Services--57%; industry--28% (manufacturing--19%, mining and construction--9%); agriculture--15%.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm



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