Addison D. 7 th

Malaysia Introduction

Malaysia is a great country! The Straight of Malaysia provides a great waterway for trading! Also Malaysia is one of the World’s leaders in exporting rubber, palm oil, and large amounts of wood. We are rich in minerals such as tin, iron ore, copper, bauxite, even some oil, and natural gas. Here there are many jobs in factories where they produce, consumer goods, and high-technology which they trade in the Straight of Malaysia. Malaysia has some of the coolest site seeings including, the tallest buildings in the world that is located in the capital Kuala Lumpur, and even the oldest forest!!! Malaysia has an area of 329,758 square kilometers. (About the size of New Mexico located in the U.S.) In Malaysia people speak Malay, Chinese, Tamil, and even English, and many different cultures like, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist.

"Land to start over and better opportunities."

Malaysia's Geography and Climate!

Malaysia is close to the equator which makes the climate very hot which is great for a good tan, B.B.Q, and provides great sunlight to grow crops! They have many tropical rain forests that cover over than 1/2 of Malaysia, which provide fresh water to drink and for agriculture. It rains about 76 inches-101 inchesper year. The Straight of Malaysia is in the west part of Malaysia on the Malaysian peninsula, which provides trading, between the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea. The average temperature year round is 70-90 degrees and shorts and a Te-shirt is allays better than long underwear, jeans, long Te-shirt and a big puffy jacket. :)

Malaysia's People and Culture

Malays make up about half of the population in Malaysia. Most Malays are Muslim and dress very modestly. People they can speak Bahasa Malaysia, English, Tamil, and a little Chinese.

Most people who live in Rural Areas fish or farm. Rural Malays live in villages called kampongs. Their houses are built on stick like stilts with wooden or bamboo walls and floors, and palm roofs, so when it foods them and their house will survive without having to build a new house. The family grow their own rice and catch their own fish. In Sabah and in Sarawak people live in longhouses, they eat vegetables, fish, edible plants that they find in forest and even hunt.

People move to city's to get jobs which bumped up the Urban Growth. Kuala Lumpur has many tall sky scrapers. Mostly people in Malaysia live in apartments or town homes. Anyone can eat rice, vegetables, fish, meat, mainly lamb, mutton, or chicken but American influence has opened up pizza places, and hamburger place, and Tea and Coffee are just some of the popular drinks there. Many adults fly kites and spin tops "skills" they also play Conkak a traditional Malay game. They also do martial arts with hands, knifes, and sticks. They also play Soccer and badminton. They have Muslim mosques, Christian churches, and Hindu and Buddhist temples stand side by side in urban areas.

Most kids start to go to "Primary" school at the age of 6 and remain in "Primary" school for 6 years, and then move on to "Secondary" school. Which are both free. The kids learn in Bahasa or English but can also speak in Chinese or Tamil.

Malaysia's Government and Citizenship

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy, it is divided into 13 states and 3 territories.The Hereditary rulers rule 9 out of the 13 states. The nine rulers choose a king serves 5 years then moves on to another one of the 9 rulers.

The federal goverment is in charge of the three territory's, including Kuala Luper, Putrajaya, and Labrun. A prime minister and a Parliament run the federal government. The Parliament has two houses the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara. Dewan Rakyat has 222 people and have more power when it comes down to laws. The 222 people are elected and serve for 5 years. The Prime Minister is the leader of the Political Party with the most votes. The Prime Minister chooses the cabinet. The Dewan Negara is made up of 70 people who serve for 3 years.

They have individual rights. If a child does not have a birth right they can not attend public or privet schools, they inherit their parents citizenship, but if you can not prove that your parents were married or from different religions than you are considered stateless. Women can not disobey their husbands. Men can have multiple wife's and employs can go on strike but there are many laws about going on strike that you can not disobey so if is basically imposable to go on strike.Department of Islamic Development Malaysia or JAKIM have the right to enter privet premises with out a warrant if they think that Muslims are gambling.

Malaysia's economy

Malaysia had one of the world’s fastest growing economies in the late 1900s, and grew at an average annual rate of over 5%. Now Malaysia’s economy is based mostly on rich natural resources and a variety of economic activities. In the mid-1900’s, Malaysia was mainly an exporter of raw materials such as timber, rubber, tin, and palm oil.

Malaysia still produces those materials today, but they play a much smaller role in their economy. The country’s main way of gaining wealth now is by producing manufacturing, consumer goods, and high-technology. They are one of the world’s leading exporters of rubber and palm oil, and still have many resources such as, tin, iron ore, copper, and bauxite. Malaysia ports are important trade centers.