Malaysia has been the traditional gateway for immigrants from the north to
Southeast Asia. Hence it became a melting pot of Malay, Indian and Chinese
cultures. The name Malaysia refers to the Malay ethnic group.
The country has consisted of two parts since 1963:
The peninsula Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia, which lies on the southern
"tip" of the Asian mainland, to the south of Thailand and
East Malaysia, which consists of two provinces on the island of Borneo.
Both parts are separated by the South China Sea over a distance of around 600
km. Even today, large parts of the country are covered by dense jungle.
Economically, Malaysia is one of the leading so-called tiger states. The
standard of living in Malaysia is much higher than that in neighboring
countries. The country is a Muslim state, so women should keep this in mind when
choosing their wardrobe, especially if they intend to visit rural areas.
|Name of the country
|Form of government
||constitutional elective monarchy, parliamentary democracy with
100 ° - 114 ° east longitude
1 ° - 7 ° north latitude
109 ° - 119 ° east longitude
1 ° - 7 ° north latitude
||approx. 32 million (Credit:
Bumiputeras (indigenous people) 11%
Chinese-born Malaysians 24%
Indian-born Malaysians 8%
- The state religion is Islam, to which around 60% of the population
profess. In total, there are also around 2.5
million Christians living in the country.
- The Malaysians of Chinese descent are Buddhists, Confucians or
- The Malaysians of Indian origin are Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs
- Animism (natural religion) or Christianity is widespread among the
||Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia). English, Chinese and Indian are also spoken.
||Kuala Lumpur with 1.5 million residents, the seat of government is Putrajaya with
||Gunung Kinabalu with a height of 4,095 m
||Rajang with a length of around 563 km
||Tasik Chini with an area of 700 km²
|International license plate
||Malay Ringgit (MYR)
This has been pegged to the US dollar since September 2nd, 1998.
The exchange rate is: 1 USD = 3.80 RM
|Difference to CET
||+ 7 h (there is no time change)
|International phone code
|Mains voltage, frequency
||240 volts and 50 hertz
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
The peninsula of Malaysia has always served the northern peoples from China
and India as a gateway to Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. Indian traders
arrived in the region even before our era, bringing scriptures, other religions
such as Buddhism and Brahamanism, and a calendar system with them to the region.
Abbreviationfinder website, with the increase in international trade from the 5th century in Southeast Asia,
which stretched from India to Europe, the peninsula and the Strait of Malacca
became an area of strategic importance for global trade at the time.
Malacca developed into the ruling place in the region, which was increasingly
Almost all trading nations tried to gain a foothold in the region.
In 1511 Malacca was occupied by the Portuguese. The Dutch took over Malacca in
1641. The English founded Georgetown on the island of Penang in 1786.
In the 18th and 19th centuries
In 1824 the Dutch ceded Malacca to the English. Since 1826 Malacca has been
administered together with Singapore and Penang as "Straits settlements"
(Settlements of the Strait of Malacca). All three later became English colonies
In 1841 the Englishman Brook was installed as ruler of Sarawak by the then
Sultan of Brunei. The Brook Dynasty ruled here until 1947. In
1881 the British founded the British North Borneo Chartered Company.
In 1895, the Federated Malaysian States, which were under British protection,
were formed from the following sultanates: Negri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor,
Sembilan and Pahang. The seat of government has been in Kuala Lumpur since then.
20th century until today
Malaya and Singapore were occupied by the Japanese in 1941/42.
However, Malaya was taken back by the British in 1945.
In the following years from 1948-1960 there were repeated communist uprisings in
In 1957 Malaysia gained independence from England. The then Prime Minister Tunku
Abdul Rahman, also known as the father of Malaysia, remained in office until
1970. The state of Malaysia was officially founded in 1963 as a federation of
Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, which, however, left the federation two
In 1969 riots broke out because a Chinese minority controlled the majority of
As mentioned, the government reacted with the New Economy Policy (NEP), which
had been in place since 1971. This policy stipulated, for example, that most
positions in the administration and government had to be filled by Malaysians.
The quotas in favor of the Malay population also exist in other areas. For
example, 30% of company shares should be in Malay hands. In universities, too,
Malaysians are given priority, even if Indians or Chinese have better grades.
They are therefore increasingly going to study abroad, where they can find
better universities, among other things.
The NEP was originally limited in time. It should expire in 1990. It is still
being pursued. This has meanwhile led to former supporters becoming opponents of
politics. Because the preference of the Malaysians led to a culture of
dependence and laziness in the Malaysian part of the population.
Today, however, around 40% of the company's shares are still in Chinese
With this policy, however, Malaysia was able to avoid racial unrest, as it
happened again and again in neighboring Indonesia. In 1998 there were real
racial pogroms there against the Chinese population.
Datuk Tun Hussein Onn became Prime Minister in 1976.
Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir b. Mohamad became the 4th Prime Minister in 1981, who was
re-elected as President in 1986, 1990, 1995, and 1999.
In 1998, Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was removed from office and even
tried and sentenced.
In the election the following year, Prime Minister Mahathir lost a large
proportion of his votes.
He resigned on October 31, 2003. He was succeeded by his deputy, Abdullah
In the 2004 elections he won two thirds of the vote and the governing
coalition 90% of the seats in parliament.