Malaysia

Nick K. 7th Period

During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies in the area of current Malaysia.

Come to Malaysia! It has beautiful mountains and rain forests. Come join the other 22.7 million people that agree with me. We have all types of religion, Muslim, Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians. We are home to the tallest towers in the world, The Petronas Towers. We are one of the worlds leaders in exporting rubber and palm oil.

The land of Towers

Geograpy/climate

Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam. 2 30 N, 112 30 E are the coordinates for Malaysia. Malaysia is slightly larger than New Mexico. The climate is usually tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons.

People and Culture

People:

Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.)

Culture

Muslim (or Islam - official) 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6%, other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8% (2000 est.)

Population

29,179,952 (July 2012 est.)

Languages

Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai


Government

Government type:

constitutional monarchy

Independence:

31 August 1957 (from the UK)

National holiday:

Independence Day 31 August (1957) (independence of Malaya); Malaysia Day 16 September (1963) (formation of Malaysia)

Economy

Malaysia, a middle-income country, has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy. Under current Prime Minister NAJIB, Malaysia is attempting to achieve high-income status by 2020 and to move farther up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in Islamic finance, high technology industries, biotechnology, and services

Growth rate:

4.4% (2012 est.)

Labor force:

12.84 million (2012 est.)

Labor force- by occupation:

agriculture: 13%

industry: 36%

services: 51% (2005 est.)

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