Malaysia

BY: RIKITA P.

Introduction

Do you want to go to one of the coolest places in Southeast Asia? Well go to Malaysia, the country of Malaysia is one of the coolest countries in South East Asia if not the World. They have fireworks, chopsticks, beaches and islands just as spectacular as Thailand. They have a beautiful nightlife in Kuala Lumpur, and an incredibly delicious diversity of culture, people and food. Not to mention, Malaysia is pretty darn cheap and clean, and as the people go, they couldn’t be friendlier. I for one would highly recommend going here. (MALAYSIA)



SLOGAN- MALAYSIA- "TRULY ASIA"

Geography & Climate

The country is located between latitudes 2 degrees and 7 degrees, within 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of the Equator.The country enjoys a tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures are equable and range from 21 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500 mm. The north-east monsoon season in Peninsular Malaysia starts around November until end January, and affects mostly the eastern states (Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang). The south-west monsoon season affects the western states of Peninsular Malaysia. The south-west monsoon starts around May until August, with an inter-monsoon season of rainfalls. You might find the weather rather uncomfortable or sticky.

People & Culture

Within Malaysian society there is a Malay culture, a Chinese culture, an Indian culture, a Eurasian culture, along with the cultures of the peninsula and north Borneo. A unified Malaysian culture is something only emerging in the country. The important social distinction in the emergent national culture is between Malay and non-Malay, represented by two groups: the Malay elite that dominates the country's politics, and the largely Chinese middle class whose prosperous lifestyle leads Malaysia's shift to a consumer society. The two groups mostly live in the urban areas of the Malay Peninsula's west coast, and their sometimes competing, sometimes parallel influences shape the shared life of Malaysia's citizens. Sarawak and Sabah, the two Malaysian states located in north Borneo, tend to be less a influential part of the national culture, and their vibrant local cultures are shrouded by the bigger, wealthier peninsular society.


Government and Citizenship

Government:

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and is governed under the constitution of 1957 as amended. The sovereign (the Yang di-Pertuan Agong) is a largely ceremonial head of state, and is elected every five years by and from the nine hereditary rulers of Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, and Johor. The current sovereign is Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah. The prime minister is head of government and must be a member and have the confidence of the House of Representatives (Dewan Ramayana). The cabinet is chosen by the prime minister with the consent of the sovereign. There is a bicameral Parliament. The House of Representatives consists of 219 members, all elected by popular vote in single-member districts. The House sits for a maximum of five years but may be dissolved by the sovereign. The Senate (Dewan Negara) consists of 70 members chosen for three-year terms; each state legislature elects two and the sovereign appoints the remaining 44. There is a high court for each half of Malaysia and a supreme court. The country is divided into 13 states and three federal territories.



Citizenship:

Citizenship is important for anyone looking to spend many years in a country. It is not easy to receive citizenship from a country, and every country has its own set of rules.Malaysia is no different. The following are the requirements one needs to meet in order to be considered for Malaysian citizenship:


Malaysia Day

  • Malaysia Day is celebrated every year on September 13. When referring to citizenship, Malaysia Day is September 13, 1964, the day the Malaysian federation was formed.


Naturalization - Within

  • Anyone born in Malaysia is automatically a citizen. This only takes place if at least one of the parents of the child is also a citizen of Malaysia.


Application

  • A person may also apply to become a Malaysian citizen. He must have a working knowledge of the language and have lived in the country for 10 of the past 12 years, including the 12 months prior to applying for citizenship.


Dual Citizenship

  • Many countries allow a person to be a citizen of another country as well. Malaysia, however, does not allow dual citizenship.