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A Closer Look at... Malaysia
OFFICIAL NAME
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Federation of Malaysia
GEOGRAPHY
Southeastern Asia, peninsula and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and the South C hina Sea, south of Vietnam
AREA
329,750 sq km / 127,316 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
slightly larger than the state of New Mexico
POPULATION
23,000,000
CAPITAL
Kuala Lumpur
LITERACY
97% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
Official: Malay - known as Bahasa Malaysia
Other: English, C hinese, and Tamil
RELIGION

Muslim - 52%
Buddhist - 17%
Taoist - 12%
Christian - 8%
Hindu - 8%
Tribal - 2%

POLITICS
Won independence August 31, 1957. Federal constitutional monarchy, with Monarchs elected every 5 years and Prime Ministers.
INCOME
Per capita income = US$ 4,650 per year
CURRENCY
Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
TIME ZONE
GMT/UTC +8
SOURCES
Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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  • Malaysian National News Agency - Malaysian National News Agency which provides real time Malaysian news including politics, business, economy, commodities, executive reports, and sports.
  • MalaysiaNews.net - Regional and world news, finance, sport and weather. Access Malaysia newspapers, travel, hotels and a map of Malaysia.
  • DailyExpress.com.my - Online edition of this "Independent National Newspaper of East Malaysia" based in the Sabah area.

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