Malaysia Facts

Malaysia facts the important informations travels to Malaysia. Some facts on Malaysia you may want to know before your depart should you know a bit about Malaysia especially about Malaysia people and Malaysia culture.

It is always a lot to know about Malaysia before depart for Malaysia vacations on hope that you might not left out anything you need to know facts on Malaysia. Therefore your holiday travel should always in a peace of mine. The importance of these facts will vary depending on your purpose of visit. However, it should be relevant for any kind of vacations.

Geography

Malaysia covers a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres separated by the South China Sea into two regions, the Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak). Malaysia consists of a total of thirteen states and three federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan). 

Government

Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy and the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong commonly known as the King, is the Head of the nation. The Government of the day is Barisan Nasional (National Front Coalition) consisting of 13 component parties and led by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).  Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia while Putrajaya is the heart of the administration of the Federal Government. 

Population

The demographics of Malaysia are represented by the multi-ethnic communities that exist in this country. The Department of Statistics Malaysia reported Malaysia's population, as of April 2013, is estimated to be 29,620,200. Out of this number, the Bumiputeras including Malays were 62.3%, the Chinese 22%, the Indians 6.7%, other races (citizens) 0.9% and non-citizens at 8.1%.  

Religion

Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. Other religions are also widely practised by its multi-racial society.

Climate & Weather

Malaysia has a tropical climate and the weather is warm and sunny all year round. Average daily temperature is around 32ºC (90ºF) during the day. It falls to around 24ºC (75ºF) at night. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000 mm to 2,500 mm.

Economy

Malaysia has a newly industrialised market economy, which is relatively open and state-oriented. In 2012, the economy of Malaysia was the third largest economy in Southeast Asia  and the GDP growth was 5.1 percent. Malaysia is one of the leading exporters of electrical appliances, electronic parts and components, palm oil, petroleum and natural gas. Malaysia is also externally competitive, ranking 12th out of 135 economies in the World Bank in 2013. (Doing Business 2013 report). 

Malaysia’s tourism sector contributed over RM47 billion to the Gross National Income (GNI) in 2012 and became a key pillar to the country’s aspiration to be a high-income nation by 2020. The industry experienced a remarkable growth and evolved to become one of the country’s fastest growing economic sectors, contributing RM60.6 billion in tourist receipts, with tourist arrivals registering at 25.03 million in 2012.

Time

Eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time.

Source:  Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Site

OTHERS MALAYSIA FACTS

Capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysia capital. As a federal territory, it is governed directly by the Malaysian Federal Government.

Currency

Malaysia use Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Malaysia money can be exchanged at banks and authorized money changers. The operating hours of bank and postal office are useful Malaysia facts too especially if you ran out of Malaysia money or need to send a post card to loved ones.

Banking Hours

Malaysia Banking hours (except Kelantan & Terengganu):

Monday - Thursday: 9.15 am to 4.30 pm, Friday: 9.15am to 4.00 pm. Saturday/Sunday/Public Holidays: Closed (some banks or branches may be opened on Saturday and Sunday).

For the States of Kelantan & Terengganu banking hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 9.15 am to 4.30 pm. Thursday: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Friday/Saturday/Public holidays: Closed.

Daily operating hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Operating hours may vary between branches. Some branches are opened during weekends.

States of Kelantan and Terengganu: Post offices in these states have the same operating hours, but are closed on Friday (instead of Sunday.

Electricity

Malaysia uses standard 3-pin square plugs and socket. Voltage is between 220 - 240 Volt AC at 50 cycles per second.

Measurement System

Malaysia adopts the metric measurement system. For instance, kilometre (km) is used for distance and kilogram (kg) for weight.

Telecommunication

The Malaysia international dialling code is +60. International and local calls can be made from public pay phones using coins or prepaid cards.

Internet services

Internet is widely used and available at most hotels and selected F&B (food and beverage) outlets. Among big internet provider company are Streamyx, Celcom and Maxis.

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