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Malaysia

Background

Malaysia

During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's history were marred by a Communist insurgency, Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's secession from the Federation in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to expansion in manufacturing, services, and tourism.

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Malaysia is a country in South-East Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. West (peninsular) Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, is connected by a causeway and a bridge (the 'second link') to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia.

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MalaysiaThe Pacific Sutera Hotel 

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard
Sutera Harbour
Kota Kinabalu 88100
Malaysia

Price (US$): $138 - $339 / night

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Location. The Pacific Sutera Hotel is located on the beach in Kota Kinabalu, close to Sutera Harbour, Sabah State Mosque, and Likas Stadium. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Plaza Wawasan and Sabah State Museum. Hotel Features. The Pacific Sutera Hotel features a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also… more »

MalaysiaThe Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat 

1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3
Ipoh 31160
Malaysia

Price (US$): $410 - $459 / night

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Location. Located in Ipoh, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is in the mountains with local attractions including Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park, Perak Stadium, and Perak Cave. Additional area points of interest include Royal Perak Golf Club and Gunung Lang Recreational Park. Hotel Features. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Guests can enjoy a complimentary… more »

MalaysiaTraders Hotel Kuala Lumpur 

Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur 50088
Malaysia

Price (US$): $160 - $262 / night

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Location. Located in central Kuala Lumpur, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of KLCC Park and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Additional points of interest include Malaysian Houses of Parliament and Merdeka Square. Hotel Features. Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning… more »

MalaysiaHilton Kuala Lumpur 

3 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur 50470
Malaysia

Price (US$): $167 - $340 / night

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Location. Hilton Kuala Lumpur is located in Kuala Lumpur's Bangsar neighborhood, close to National Museum, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, and Lake Gardens. Nearby points of interest also include Petaling Street and Malaysian Houses of Parliament. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hilton Kuala Lumpur include 10 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna,… more »

MalaysiaLe Meridien Kuala Lumpur 

2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur 50470
Malaysia

Price (US$): $124 - $344 / night

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Location. Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is a business friendly hotel located in Kuala Lumpur's Bangsar neighborhood, close to National Museum, Malaysian Houses of Parliament, and Merdeka Square. Additional points of interest include Putra World Trade Centre and Petaling Street. Hotel Features. Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a… more »

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Malaysia

Capital
Kuala Lumpur
Location

Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam

Geographic coordinates

2 30 N, 112 30 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than New Mexico

Border countries

Brunei 381 km, Indonesia 1,782 km, Thailand 506 km

Coastline

4,675 km (Peninsular Malaysia 2,068 km, East Malaysia 2,607 km)

Climate

tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons

Terrain

coastal plains rising to hills and mountains

Lowest point

Indian Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Gunung Kinabalu 4,100 m

Natural resources

tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite

Population

28,274,729 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.)

Religions

Muslim 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6%, other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8% (2000 census)

Languages

Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

31 August 1957 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day/Malaysia Day, 31 August (1957)

Chief of state

King - Sultan MIZAN Zainal Abidin (since 13 December 2006); (the position of the king is primarily ceremonial)

Head of government

Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (since 3 April 2009); Deputy Prime Minister MUHYIDDIN bin Mohamed Yassin (since 9 April 2009)

Internet country code

.my

Internet users

15.355 million (2009)

Airports

118 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Bintulu, Johor Bahru, George Town (Penang), Port Kelang (Port Klang), Tanjung Pelepas

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