By: Kei-1st period Masengill

Intro to Malaysia

Malaysia is a beautiful country. If you love to do adventures and love nature, then come to Malaysia to climb some mountains, go to the rain forest, sandy beaches, largest cave chamber in the world, biggest flower in the world, and has the 4th largest tower in the world and tallest in the Southeast Asia. Malaysia has fine architect too. For example oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia and the Penang Bridge is the 3rd longest bridge in Asia.

Malaysia has a lot of resources like large amount of wood, rich in minerals (tin, iron ore, copper, bauxite, oil, and natural gas) , high-technology, and consumer goods. If you visit Malaysia, Malaysia's 22.7 million people belong to the Malay ethnic group. Most people are Muslims, but there are large numbers of Hindus,Buddhist, and Christians. Also the people speak Malay, Chinese, Tamil, and English.

The Petronas Tower- The Tallest building in the World

Malaysia- Home of the Resource

Malaysia- Geography and Climate

Malaysia's climate is a tropical climate with warm weather all year long. To the people who hate cold weather, Malaysia is perfect for you because Malaysia temperature is between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you do love cold weather, Malaysia hills and highland temperature is low as 60 degrees in Fahrenheit.

Malaysia generally has 2 seasons. The dry season is from May to September. The rainy seasons is from November to March.

Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is made up of 2 regions. The Peninsular Malaysia and the East Malaysia. There are over 28 million inhabitants in the country and Malaysia is located just above the equator. Malaysian fertile soil is mainly foe oil palms,tea,cocoa plantations, and rubber trees. This makes Malaysia one of the main supplies of palm oil, tea, and rubber worldwide and more than half of Malaysia surface is jungle.

Malaysia- People and Culture

Malaysia People- Malaysia's population is over 20 million people. They have a multiculture and multiethnic population of Malay, Chinese, Indians numerous indigenous/native people. In Malaysia Malay is the officially language but English is widely spoken, especially in business, and the English language is a subject in all schools. Malaysia official religion is Islam, but its people are free to do any religion of their choice. At any place in Malaysia, it is common to see temples, mosques and churches.

Ethnic Groups: 59% Malay and other indigenous race, 32% Chinese and 9% Indian.

Languages: Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil and other tribal languages.

Religion: Muslim (mainly Malays), Buddhism (Chinese), Hindu (Indian), Christianity, Taoism and tribal religions.

Malaysian Culture- In Malaysia there is a traditional greeting of "Salam" resembles a handshake with both hands but without the grasp. The man offers both hands, lightly touches the visitor's hand, and then bring the hands to their chest which means, "I greet you from my heart". The visitor should reply the "Salam."

  • Greeting by hugging and kissing is not generally practiced in Malaysia.
  • Shoes must be removed when entering a Mosque or an Indian temple. You also should remove one's shoes when entering a Malaysian home.
  • The right hand is always used when giving and receiving objects. Pointing is normally done using the thumb but if you use the right forefinger is considered rude.
Malaysian Traditional Food- In Malaysia most Malaysian food is spicy and the common ingredient is Coconut Milk. In Malaysia the True Malay traditional food should be prepared using only local ingredients. Meals are cooked over an ancient-styled oven or stoves. They would stir with traditional utensils and packed or served in tropical edible leaves. But they eat using there hands, following Malay table manners.

Malaysia- Government and Citizenship

Malaysia Government is a Federal Constitution Monarchy. They have 13 states and 3 federal territories. Malaysia government system is closely modeled on the Westminster Parliamentary systems. The legal system is based on the English Common Law. A man named Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the head of state of Malaysia. The head of the government is the Prime Minister.

Malaysian Citizenship- Malaysian citizenship laws were set by the Malaysian Constitution in 1964 in response to Malaysian independence from Britain in 1957. If you want to become a Malaysian citizen, A child born in Malaysia or outside of Malaysia to Malaysian parents is a Malaysian citizen. If the child has one Malaysian parent and is born in Malaysia, the child is also a citizen. If a child is born outside of Malaysia to one Malaysian parent, he is not a citizen. An "elementary knowledge" of the Malay language is required to obtain citizenship by registration. In Malaysia if you are 21 years old you are aloud to vote.

Malaysia Judicial Systems- Malaysia courts take care of both federal and state laws.

  • The legal system is founded on British common law.
  • Cases come before magistrates and sessions courts.
  • Religious courts decide questions of Islamic law and custom.
  • The Federal Court is the highest court in Malaysia

Malaysia's Education- The Government is responsible of Malaysia education. The Malaysia education system education beginning from Pre-School to University. There are two education- Primary and Secondary Education. Primary education is a period of 6 years and Secondary education is 5 years of education. 3 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary. That makes up 11 years of free education. The age to enter the first year of primary education is 7. Kids between the age of 7 and 12 MUST go to Primary school.

Malaysia- Economy

Malaysia Economy- Malaysia is one of the world's leaders in exporting rubber and palm oil. Malaysia is also rich in minerals like tin, iron ore, copper, bauxite, oil, natural gas and has large amount of wood to export.

Malaysia factory workers make high-technology and consumer goods. But Malaysia's ports are important center to trade. Malaysia rich natural resources develops in agriculture, forestry, an mining. The nature resources helps the economy and travel deals are easier to come by.

Malaysia Import:

  • Electronics
  • Machinery
  • Petroleum Products
  • Plastics
  • Vehicles
  • Iron and Steel Products
  • Chemicals
Malaysia Export:

  • Rubber
  • Palm Oil
  • Wood
  • Wood Products
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Petroleum (oil)
  • Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Textiles
  • Chemicals