Malaysia

Trisha K. 2nd Period

Introduction

Welcome to Malaysia, the most beautiful country ever! We have many forests and mountains making it the most beautiful country in the world. The people in Malaysia come mostly from the Austronesian peoples. We have a newly industrialized market economy. In 2007, Malaysia was the third largest economy in Southeast Asia, and it was the twenty-eighth largest economy in the world. We have a constitutional monarchy. Our current leader is Nazib Razak. The current population of Malaysia is about 30,240,000 people. Most Malaysians practice the religion of Islam. 36% of Malaysians live in rural villages. Malaysia is also home to the world's tallest towers, the Petronas Towers.

Malaysia-"Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu" or "The land where Unity is Strength"

Geography and Climate

There are many dense forests and rugged mountains in Malaysia. The Strait of Malacca lies to the west of the Malay Peninsula. It is an important waterway for trade between the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea. Malaysia is split into two parts. One of the parts consists of eleven states and Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. This part lies on the Malay Peninsula. The other part of Malaysia lies on the island of Borneo and consists of the two states, Sarawak and Sabah. These two parts of Malaysia lie more than 400 miles apart, linked by the South China Sea. Since Malaysia lives close to the equator, the climate is warm. The coastal temperatures vary from 70 to 90 degrees F. There are also many beautiful animals that live in Malaysia due to the weather and climate.
Here is a picture showing the two parts of Malaysia.
Here is a picture of the mountains in Malaysia.
A picture of one of the most beautiful rain forests in the world.

People and Culture

There are about 30,240,000 people in Malaysia, and about 36% of these people live in rural villages. The religion that is most practiced in Malaysia is Islam, but many other religions are also practiced in Malaysia. The other main religions are Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Confucianism.


Culture is an important part of this country. They have many holidays, some of which are, Hari Raya Ridilfitri, Kaamatan, Chinese New Year, Mooncake Festival, and Deepavali. These festivals come from many different origins.


The music that they play is classical and folk music and is sometimes accompanied by Bollywood dances. Thai, Chinese, Indian, and Malay dishes are the major foods people eat. They play badminton and soccer as their recreational sports, but boat racing is the most traditional sport.


These are some forms of Malaysian fashions.
Here are some of the varieties of food that Malaysians eat.
Here is a picture of Malaysian art.
One of the major sports in Malaysia...Boat Racing!
Another important sport; badminton.
Malaysian writing looks very similar to Arabic writing.

Government and Citizenship

The government of Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy. Since Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, there are limits to what the government can and can't do. The main power is in the prime minister's hands. The current prime minister of Malaysia is Nazib Razak. He is the 6th prime minister.


In Malaysia, to be able to vote, you must be at least the age of 21. All genders are allowed to vote in Malaysia. The primary education in Malaysia starts at the age of seven and lasts for six years. Primary education is required by law.




The prime minister of Malaysia, Nazib Razak.
Malaysian school children.
Ballots that Malaysian people put their votes in.

Economy

The Malaysian economy is a traditional economy which means that it is an economy based off of traditions and customs. Malaysia is an interdependent country based on trade with Japan, Singapore, the United States, and many other countries. Manufacturing is the biggest industry. Malaysia is also the top producer of electronics and computers. Tourism is also another major industry because of the Petronas Towers. The Malaysian currency is called Malaysian ringgit. One Malaysian ringgit is equal to about 0.32 US dollars.


Malaysia exports rubber, palm oil, cocoa, mangoes, bananas, pineapples, rice, timber, coconuts, and pepper. Malaysia imports beef, mutton(goat), rice, and apples.

This is a picture of Malaysian ringgit.
A chart showing the prices of crude oil and palm oil.
Natural rubber tree.