GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT MALAYSIA


Geography

Malaysia is on the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia. The nation also includes Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo to the east. Its area slightly exceeds that of New Mexico.
Most of Malaysia is covered by forest, with a mountain range running the length of the peninsula. Extensive forests provide ebony, sandalwood, teak, and other wood.

Government

Constitutional monarchy.
Head of State: Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud (2006)
Prime Minister: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (2009)
total area: 329,750 sq km
Population (2010 est.): 26,160,256
growth rate: 1.7%
Capital and largest city: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Ringgit
Languages: Bahasa Melayu (Malay, official), English, Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai; several indigenous languages (including Iban, Kadazan) in East Malaysia
Religions: Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh; Shamanism (East Malaysia)
National Holiday: Independence Day/Malaysia Day, August 31
Literacy rate: 89% (2003 est.)

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