Glimpse of Malaysia

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Glimpse of Malaysia

Introduction

Malaysia is a fascinating and enchanting nation of different races, cultures and religions, co-existing in harmony in a tropical paradise in the heart of Southeast Asia. Malaysia comprises two distinct land areas, West Malaysia and East Malaysia. West Malaysia is a peninsula, flanked by the South China Sea on the east and Straits of Malacca on the west, with Thailand as its northern neighbor and Singapore sitting at the south. West and East Malaysia cover a total land area of about 329,758 km2 and are separated by approximately 40 miles of sea. East Malaysia consists of a federal territory and two large states, namely Sabah and Sarawak, Which occupy the north of Borneo Island. West Malaysia consists of 11 states and 2 federal territories, all of which have their own distinctive. The country is 8 house ahead of the GMT and 16 hours ahead of the US Pacific Standard Time. The climate is warm and humid throughout the year. Malaysia is a physically blessed country which does not experience drastic weather changes or natural calamities. The temperature ranges from 21°C (70° F) to 32°C (90° F) throughout the day. Light, cotton, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year round.

 

Food & Culture

Malaysia is a haven for food and cultural activities. The races which make up the Malaysia population provide excellent and diverse cuisines. Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes are easily and cheaply available at most restaurants and hawker stalls, whilst fast-food restaurants and western food are easily found to. In addition, various other delectable cuisines are also available, such as Middle Eastern and Thai food. Malaysia is popularly known as Asia’s Food Paradise.

Culturally, Malaysia presents a kaleidoscope of colours and diversities as different races exhibit their individual traits and traditions thought festivals, song, dances and traditions attire. Bahasa Malaysia is the official language, but the races also speak their own ethnic dialects. English, being taught as a second language in school, is widely used in the higher learning institutions, for daily communication and business transaction.

Islam is the official religion of the nation. However, the Malaysian Constitution guarantees freedom of worship and as such, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism make up the other primary religions embraced by the Malaysian society.

Economy & Education

Malaysia takes pride in being one of the world’s largest exporters of palm oil, natural rubber, natural gas, cocoa beans and pepper. It is also one of the leading exporters of manufactured products such as semiconductors, audio-visual products, electrical goods, rubber-dipped products and oleo chemicals in the world.

Education is another growing industry where Malaysia is gaining acceptance as a reputable study destination in the region. The education sector offers a variety of higher education programmes as well as professional and specialized skill courses that are competitively priced and of excellent quality. Underlying this is the current trend of setting up branch campuses in Malaysia by reputable from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and New Zealand are offering twinning, franchised and external degree programmes in partnership with Malaysia educational institutions.

Multi-Cultural Society

Dubbed as ‘Mini Asia’, Malaysia is a multiracial country with a population of more than 28 million which consists of Malay, Chinese and Indian as many other indigenous races, all coexisting in harmony. There are also people of other nationalities studying, working and doing business in Malaysia. Bahasa Malaysia is the national language, but English, Mandarin and Tamil are widely used too. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, but the Constitution guarantees freedom of worship to all races, so faiths like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions are freely practiced. This politically stable nation emphasizes the sharing of power among the races, which ensures a peaceful and harmonious environment. As a result of this, Malaysia has gained recognition and acknowledgement as a model multicultural society.

Infrastructure

Whether it is land, sea or air, Malaysia has one of the most developed infrastructures in Southeast Asia, comparable to that of developed nations. There is an impressive network of roads and rail links, while the international airport, KLIA, provides world-class facilities and services, as well as hosting airlines from every corner of the world.

Praises Land

It has become more efficient and competitive globally. According to the 2010 World Competitive Yearbook published by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD), Malaysia had an overall ranking of 10th most competitive countries in the world. IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook reports on the competitiveness of nations through the Overall Competitiveness Scoreboard which ranks the world’s 57 leading economic nations. It takes into consideration an economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.

Malaysia is also a popular destination for tourists. Lonely Planet, one of the most widely read travel guidebooks, picked Malaysia as one of the world’s top destination for 2010. The Lonely Planet praises Malaysia for its diversity from its cities to the rainforests as well as multicultural elements of its people.

In the areas of education and training, Malaysia has become a trusted destination for international students. Malaysia has modern infrastructure and a well structured education system that cater to the needs of both local and international students. There are more than a million Malaysian students studying at higher education institutions. In addition, Malaysia is currently home to more than 90,000 international students.