Malaysia is a divided country; Western Malaysia occupies the southern part of the Malay Peninsula and is bordered by the Strait of Malacca to the west, the South China Sea to the east, and the Johore Strait separates it from Singapore. East Malaysia (or Malaysian Borneo) is located in the northern part of the island of Borneo. It shares the island with Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. Malaysian Borneo features coastlines on the South China Sea, the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea.
Malaysia’s population is a mix of three major ethnic groups, each with its own heritage, culture and tradition. 60% of the population are Bumiputera, a term that describes the traditional inhabitants of the country and includes Malays, Orang Asli and other indigenous peoples. Minorities are Chinese, about 20%, and Indians (6%). Malaysia has more than 130 living languages; the official language is Bahasa Malaysia (Melayu).
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the 88-floor building is the 21st-century icon for Malaysia.
Mosques, the country is home to several Muslim places of worship that are prominent landmarks. Famous examples are the Masjid Jamek Mosque and the National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, the Iron Mosque and the pink Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, the futuristic Cyberjaya Mosque in Selangor, and the state mosque of Selangor, the Blue Mosque in Shah Alam.
Malaysia is a multicultural country with people from different races & religion living over there in peace and harmony. It is in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is divided into two distinct areas West Malaysia & East Malaysia. The total land area is approximately 329,758 km and is separated by sea by 40 miles. East Malaysia consists of federal territory & two large states Sabah & Sarawak. West Malaysia consists of 11 states & 2 federal territories. The capital of Malaysia is the bright and vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur with its famous twin towers.
The climate in Malaysia is more or less like India; warm & humid throughout the year. Temperature is 30 – 35 C during the day & 22 – 25 C at night. Bahasa Malay is the national language but Mandarin, English & Tamil is also widely used by the immigrants from across the places that have dwelled in Malaysia for the past so many years. Malaysia is known as Asia’s food paradise; a place to have huge varieties of cuisines which includes vegetarian to western.
The local currency in Malaysia is called Ringgit. 1 (RM) Ringgit = INR 18. Malaysia is the largest exporter in world for manufactured products like electrical goods, natural gas, rubber etc. Malaysia has become a very knowledge based society with high tech infrastructure and major International IT development.