Malaysia Facts and Culture

  • Food and Recipes: Malays eat with spoons and use hands as well. Some cultural groups refrain from eating certain foods. For example, Muslims... More
  • Family: Traditionally, the family system is the most important social unit in Malaysia. It is common for two or more generations... More
  • Fashion: Most people wear Western-style clothing. However, traditional clothing, or a combination of Western and traditional clothing, is also worn. Special... More
  • Visiting: Visiting one's relatives and friends is important, especially when one does not share a house with the extended family.... More

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Capital Kuala Lumpur note: Putrajaya is referred to as the administrative capital
Government Type constitutional monarchy

note: nominally headed by paramount ruler (commonly referred to as the King) and a bicameral Parliament consisting of a nonelected upper house and an elected lower house; all Peninsular Malaysian states have hereditary rulers (commonly referred to as sultans) except Melaka and Pulau Pinang (Penang); those two states along with Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia have governors appointed by government; powers of state governments are limited by federal constitution; under terms of federation, Sabah and Sarawak retain certain constitutional prerogatives (e.g., right to maintain their own immigration controls)
Currency MYR
Population 29,628,392
Total Area 127,354 Square Miles
329,847 Square Kilometers
Location 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
Language Bahasa Melayu (official), English, Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

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