Malaysia

Official Name: The Federation of Malaysia

Population: 25 Million

Language: Malay (Bahasa Melayu)

Capital: Kuala Lumpur (KL), 1.8 million population.

Population Density: 86.44 people/km2

INTERESTING FACTS

(1) People Groups: Malay 57%, Chinese and Indians.

(2) Religion: Islam

(3) Plants: Bintagor trees, found only in Sarawak, are believed to contain the properties that could help fight the virus that causes AIDS. Sabah is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia.

(4) Engineering: Petronas Twin Towers in KL are 451.9m tall, with 88 storeys. Penang Bridge at 13.7km, is the longest Asian bridge.

(5) Food: A popular food is Nasi Kandar.

(6) Geography: The Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, is the largest cave chamber in the world, easily accommodating a Boeing 747-200.

(7) Manufacturing: Intel Pentium chips are produced in Malaysia.

(8) Shopping: The Central Markets, founded in 1888, are famous for Malaysian products with stalls on the first floor and a food court on the second.

(9) Biodiversity: Malaysia is one of the most biodiversse countries in the world, with several engangered species of elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, tutrtles and orangutans living in the Taman Negara National Park.

(10) Claims to Fame: Formula One Grand Prix Malaysia: was launched in 1999. Is a major tourist attraction.