Malaysia

By:Eunice T. (Mr. Masengill's 2nd Period Class)

Malaysia

Malaysia is a beautiful, rich country that has many opportunities in life. The Pentoras Towers are the 7th tallest buildings in the world, which are connected by a catwalk. The cities of this country show great architecture and hard work. If you go there, you will find life pleasing, just the way it should be.

"Malaysia, the Beauty of Asia!"

Geography of Malaysia

Malaysia's area is 328,550 sq km. It consists of two parts: West Malaysia, (otherwise called Peninsular Malaysia) and East Malaysia (which is part of the Island of Borneo). Mountians ruin up and down Malaysia. Gunung Kinabalu, the highest mountian in Malaysia, is one out of many found in Malaysia. The longest rivers in Malaysia are the Rajang (in Sarawak) and Kinabatangan (in Sabah). Both are a pretty sight. The forest of Borneo, in the state of Sebah, lies one of Malaysia's finest wilderness areas. There is also a place called the Maliau Basin. This almost circular basin is about 390 kilometers (in area). The Maliau Falls, a waterfall is located there. The basin has only one drain, the Maliau River, which joined the Kumat River, and then eventually the Kinabatangan River, Malaysia's longest and most important river.

Culture of Malaysia

Belief

Officially, Malaysia is a Muslim country. But regardless of this, the Malaysian Constitution protects the right to practice any religion. The percentages are...

Islam: 58%

Buddhism: 22.9%

Christianity: 11.1%

Hinduism: 6.1%

Chinese Beliefs (Confucianism, Taoism)/Other: 2.6%

Eating

Malaysians have many traditional foods. Nasi Lemak is a coconut-rich rice dish served a lot with crisp, fried anchovies, peanuts, prawns, shredded omelette, and chilli sambal. The highlight of a Malaysia cuisine is Satay, which is a dish of beef, chicken, or lamb dipped in a sauce and grilled. It has even spawned Chinese versions: Satay Chelop and Nonya Pork Satay, as well as Satay Bee Hoon. But there is also Roti Canai, which is a loaf of puffy flatbread, often served with curry or dhal.

Language

There are 140 languages spoken in Malaysia. 138 are still living, and 2 are extinct. But the most common language is Malay. Speakers of standard Malay go till 18 million. Also, about 170 million people speak Indonesian, which is a form of Malay. Malay is also called Bahasa Melayu.

People of Malaysia

Malaysia's population in 2011 was recorded to be 28,859,154 people. The twenty largest ethnic groups are labeled from greatest to least population:

  • Peninsular Malay
  • Han Chinese: Hokkien
  • Tamil
  • Han Chinese: Hakka
  • Han Chinese: Cantonese
  • Banjar Malay
  • Han Chinese: Teochew
  • Han Chinese: Mandarin
  • Minangkabau
  • Indonesian
  • Iban
  • Filipino
  • Han Chinese: Hainanese
  • Han Chinese: Min Bei
  • East Malay
  • Han Chinese: Min Dong
  • Straits Chinese
  • Nepalese
  • Tausung
  • Dusun (Central)


Government and Citizenship of Malaysia

Malaysia is a Federal Constitutional Monarchy and is ruled by the prime minister. The citizens vote indirectly, meaning that they elect people to vote for them. You may vote if you are a citizen only, and the education system is a lot like China's. You stay in the room, while teachers go to your classroom. The Malaysian Citizens are protected by their constitution, which keeps the government from absolute rule. They are happy with their government.

Economy of Malaysia

The economy of Malaysia is a market economy. This country is a world leader in exporting palm oil and rubber. It is also a world leader in exporting tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, and bauxite. It is also good in manufacturing, and makes it's own car: propon saga, from the company proton. Malaysia is a great tourism country. It's economic freedom score is 66.1, making it the 56st freest country in the 2013 index. Malaysia's economy is growing, with an average growth rate of 4.5% each year. The main currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit. But they also use the Brunei Dollar and the Singapore Dollar.
Negaraku - National anthem of Malaysia

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About Me

Name: Eunice T.

Grade Made In: 6th

School: Coppell Middle School North

Social Studies Teacher: Mr. Masengill

Date Completed: March 2, 2013


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