Malaysia

People & Culture

Malaysian People & Culture The people of Malaysia who made up her 27.73 million-strong population reflect a wide ethnic diversity. The major ethnic groups are : Malays : 12,340,800 Chinese : 5,720,400 Indians : 1,670,600 Other Bumiputeras : 2,545,000 (Based on 2001 statistics) Other Bumiputera groups are the Loh Dayuhs, Bisayas, Kedayans, Orang Sungai and …

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Malaysia Festivals

Major Festivals in Malaysia The different kinds of festivals in Malaysia show its diverse culture. Explore this beautiful country and enjoy some of the Malaysian festivals and celebrations. Hari Raya Aidilfitri The most joyful of Muslim celebrations, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated after Ramadhan, the fasting month. During this occasion, Muslims working in the towns …

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Malaysia National Flower

The Malaysian national flower is the bunga raya or hibiscus (hibiscus rosa sinensis). The first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chose this as the national flower in 1960. The red colour of the bunga raya represents courage while the five petals symbolize the Rukunegara (the Five Principles of Nationhood). The flower was selected because it …

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Malaysia History

Archaeological findings indicate that civilisation in Peninsular Malaysia (Tanah Melayu) dates back to in the New Stone Age (Neolithic Period). The Hoanbinhin civilisation thrived between 2000 BC and 1500 BC. Handmade metal artifacts used by the Proto-Malays and Deutero-Malays have been found in Pahang, Perak and the coast of Selangor. Early Malay kingdoms, namely Langkasuka …

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About Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical country located at latitude 1° – 7° north, and longitude 100° – 119° east of the equator. It covers a total area of 329,758 square kilometres, and encompasses Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and the states of Sabah and Sarawak (East Malaysia) on the island of Borneo. The South China Sea separates …

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The Malaysian Flag

Description of the Flag The Malaysian flag consists of 14 alternate red and white stripes of equal width, which represent the 13 states of Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Melacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Penang, Terengganu and the Federal Territory. The colour red symbolizes courage, while white indicates purity. The dark blue canton …

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