Malaysia

By: Srinivaas and William

Government, Land, Language, Culture, and Map

The government for Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy divided into 13 states. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur. The king is elected from the Council of Rulers and serves a five year term. The king has some executive powers, but the real governing power rests with the prime minister and Parliament. The major mountain in Malaysia is Mount Kinabalu, which holds the country's highest peak. The major river in Malaysia is the Rajang River, which is the longest river in Malaysia, it starts in the Iran Mountains, and flows west-southwest to its mouth on the South China Sea. Much of Malaysia's land is a broad coastal plain. 1 cultural trait in Malaysia is Malaysian cuisine. This includes rice, durian (a type of fruit) and satay (grilled meat on a stick). Another cultural trait is Malaysian arts, which include a traditional dance called joget. A principal instrument is the drum, which comes in many forms. The map of Malaysia is in the upper right hand corner. As you can see, Malaysia is south of Thailand and north of Singapore.

Economy, Climate, Religion, Culture, and Flag

Malaysia has a newly industrialized market economy. Malaysia's currency is the ringgit, its main industries are agriculture, tourism, electronics, and automobiles. Its main imports are crude petroleum, transport, and electronics. Its main exports are natural rubber and palm oil. The nation's tropical climate is hot and humid. Temperatures generally range from 70 to 90 degrees F. Monsoons are possible from June to September in the southwest and October to March in the northeast. The official religion in Malaysia is Islam and 60% of the population is Muslim. Muslim show devotion through the Five Pillar of Islam. These include shahada, professing that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet. Salat, praying five times daily while facing Mecca. 1 culture trait is sports. Malaysian sports include football, badminton, bowling, squash, and field hockey. Another cultural trait is language. Bahasa Melyu (Melay) is the official language. It is closely related to ancient Sanskrit and is infused with Arabic vocabulary. Ethnic Chinese also speak Chinese dialects such as Cantonese and Mandarin. Indians speak a variety of Indian languages including Tamil and Telugu. The flag of Malaysia is in the upper right hand corner. It is composed of 14 alternating red and white stripes. It has a blue canton with a crescent and a 14 point star.

Neighbors, GDP, Literacy Rate, Infant Mortality Rate

Territorial waters off the coast of Peninsula Malaysia border Thailand to the north in the Straits of Malacca. Indonesia to the west and the Straits of Malacca and Vietnam to the north east in the South China Sea. the GDP per capita is 10,538.06 USD. The whole country's GDP is 313.2 billion USD. The literacy rate for Malaysia is 93 people out of 100 people can read and write. The infant mortality rate is 7 deaths out of 1,000 live births.
5 Interesting Facts About Malaysia
Malaysian National Anthem - "Negaraku" (MS/EN)

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