Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Bahasa Melayu (official), English, Chinese
dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien,
Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu,
Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai; note - in
addition, in East Malaysia several
indigenous languages are spoken, the
largest of which are Iban and Kadazan
Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu,
Christian, Sikh; note - in addition,
Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia
Brunei 381 km, Indonesia 1,782 km,
Thailand 506 km
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|Malaysia is located within the South East Asia sub-continent and is divided into two parts, the northern half of the island of Borneo with its steamy jungles, and Peninsula Malaysia which is bordered to the north by Thailand, to the South by Singapore and to either side water. The total landmass of Malaysia is 328,550 sq km. Its coasts are lined with beautiful beaches, many of which are adorned with coconut palms and pure white sand. The total coastline measures 4,675km. There are also the mountainous rainforests within the interior of the peninsula and the Cameron Highlands, where tea is grown and Tudorian style British colonial cottages line the streets.|
Malaysia has a population of 22,662,365. The capital is the booming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, known locally and abbreviated as Kuala Lumpur, which is the heart and soul of modern day Malaysia. KL boasts that it will have one of the strongest economies in the world by the year 2020, and much of Kuala Lumpur is on the up in that high rise is appearing at an alarming rate. The international airport, KLIA is one of the largest, finest airports in the whole of Asia if not the world and is just a few years old. In the south of the island, Melaka is an old Dutch colonial town, steeped in history.
Malaysia has a booming economy and is one of Asia's economic tigers. Just 8% of the total population live below the poverty line. Tourism is a major economic factor, largely due to developments on the islands of Penang and Langkawi. 16% of the population works within agriculture, producing rubber, palm oil, cocoa and rice. Malaysia's chief export partners are the USA and Singapore.
Malaysia has a tropical climate with an average daily temperature of 20�C, and a consistent rainfall that averages 180mm per month. The southwest monsoon runs from April to October and the northeast from October to February. The highest recorded temperature in Kuala Lumpur was 37�C.
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