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COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD: MALAYSIA


by:
Chandranique Jones

Mrs. Cottrell
Career Prep A-132
March 4,2016
1st

Block

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MALAYSIA
There are so many countries I could have chosen to research; however, I have always
been interested in visiting Malaysia. I chose do research on this country because it seems very
nice. One thing about Malaysia that I love is the weather ,it is very warm and hot out there.
Malaysia has beautiful malls and I love to go to the mall ,Malaysias malls are very big and
spacious.

GOVERNMENT
Malaysia is a federation of 13 states operating within a constitutional monarchy under the
Westminster parliamentary system and is categorized as a representative democracy. The federal
government of Malaysia adheres to and is created by the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, the
supreme law of the land. The federal government adopts the principle of separation of
powers and has three branches: executive, legislature and judiciary. The state governments in
Malaysia also have their respective executive and legislative bodies. The judicial system in
Malaysia is a federalized court system operating uniformly throughout the country

LOCATION
Malaysia is Located in Southeast Asia, just north of the Equator, the exotic,
tropical islands and lands of Malaysia contain some of the most beautiful beaches
on the planet and a collection of unrivaled rainforests and national parks. Malaysia
is bordered by Thailand in the north, Indonesia in the south, and the Philippines in
the east. The country has an area of 329,758 square kilometers (127,320 square
miles). Comparatively, the territory of Malaysia is slightly greater than that of the

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state of New Mexico, the fourth-largest state in the United States. The Federation
of Malaysia consists of 13 states, and is divided into 2 parts: 11 states are located
in Peninsular Malaysia (also called West Malaysia) and 2 comprise East Malaysia,
which is situated on the island of Borneo (see map). Peninsular and East Malaysia
are separated by 640 kilometers (400 miles) of the South China Sea.
CURRENCY
The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). As well, the
people of Malaysia are referred to as Malaysian.
TOURISMTourism is becoming an increasingly important sector of Malaysia economy.
Together with the retail sector, it provides employment for almost 1.57 million
people, or around 17 percent of the labor force. Roughly 7.5 million tourists visited
the country in 1999, contributing RM10 billion to the national economy. This
makes tourism one of Malaysia's top foreign exchange earners. According to the
national authorities, the country has 1,426 hotels, the total room capacity of which
almost doubled during the 1990s to about 110,000 in 2000. Most visitors have been
from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and
Australia.
In order to develop tourism, Malaysia has promoted its diverse cultural
environment, hosting a number of cultural festivals and performances. It has also

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publicized its rich natural heritage, which includes tropical forests, coral reefs,
unspoiled mountain ranges, rivers, and national parks. The country offers tax-free
bargain shopping and excellent service, with top-class hotels such as Sheraton,
Hilton, Intercontinental, and other well-established international chains opening
branches. It offers a wide variety of activities, from eco-friendly and adventure
tourism to scuba diving and relaxed family holidays on the numerous Malaysian
islands and beaches. Additionally, Malaysia has signed visa-free regimes with most
countries in Asia, the Americas, and Europe, enabling international tourists to
travel to Malaysia without obtaining entry visas. In 1997, however, tourism
suffered from the regional financial crisis and by the smog caused by several
months of forest fires in Indonesia. The number of tourist arrivals declined
significantly in 1997 and 1998; however, there was a strong recovery in arrivals in
1999 and 2000.
FAMOUS LANDMARKS
At first glance, Malaysia is a hodgepodge of cultures and religions, where
Chinese temples stand a stone's throw away from Hindu temples, and chanting
prayers pour from Islamic mosques several times a day. This cultural diversity
hints at Malaysia's offbeat history. To unravel this island country's story, you'll
need to spend time exploring its landmarks, including towering temples, historical
caves and old streets that seem like they haven't aged in decades. Malaysia's

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religious buildings offer more architecture, with the perks of meaning and history
within their walls. Colorful, carved deities cover the towering front wall of Sri
Mahamariamman Temple (no website; 65 Persiaran Endah, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia; 011-03-2274-7088), built in 1892.

FLAG
Malaysia's flag was adopted on September 16, 1963. It has 14 red and white
stripes (red on the top, white on the bottom. In the canton position (the upper left
rectangle of the flag), there is a yellow crescent moon and yellow 14-pointed star
on a blue background. The overall design of this flag was based on the flag of the
United States of America. The proportions of the Malaysian flag are 1:2 (height to
width).
The crescent moon and star are symbols of Islam, the national religion of Malaysia.
The 14 stripes and the 14 points of the star represent the 14 states in Malaysia. The
deep blue field of the canton symbolizes the unity of the country; yellow is the
color of royalty in Malaysia.

POPULATION

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The population of Malaysia was estimated at 21,793,000 in July 2000. It has


almost doubled since the 1960s due to improved health, medical facilities, and
longer life expectancy. In 2000, the birth rate stood at 25.3 per 1,000, while the
death rate stood at 5.25 per 1,000. The estimated population growth rate is 2.01
percent and if the current trend remains unchanged, the population could reach 31
million by 2020. The population is very unevenly distributed, with almost 81
percent, or 17.5 million, living in Peninsular Malaysia, and 19 percent, or 4.2
million, living in East Malaysia. The population density is about 129 people per
square kilometer (334 people per square mile) in Peninsular Malaysia and about 20
people per square kilometer (52 people per square mile) in East Malaysia.
LANGUAGE
As with Malaysian youths of other ethnicities, most Chinese youth are
multilingual and can speak at least three languages with at least moderate fluency
- Mandarin, English, and Malay, as well as their native Chinese dialect and/or the
dominant Chinese dialect in their area.
CULTURE
Malaysia's cuisine reflects the multiethnic makeup of its population, and is
defined by its diversity. Many cultures from Malaysia and the surrounding areas
have greatly influenced Malaysian cuisine, with strong influence from
Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese, and Sumatran cuisines.

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FOOD
The word kopi is a Malay/Hokkien term for coffee and tiam is the Hokkien
and Hakka term for shop (Chinese : ). A common sight in Malaysia and
neighboring Singapore, menus often feature offerings like nasi lemak, boiled eggs,
roti bakar, noodle dishes, bread and kuih.

FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM MY COUNTRY

The following are famous people that live in Malaysia:


Jimmy Choo, Ambiga Sreenevasan, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Bunkface, Jaclyn
Victor, Amber Chia

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Along with the actual report, you are to create a vivid and exciting slide show. The
slideshow should have a few facts that were discussed in your paper along with a lot of
beautiful pictures of your country.-

Along with your paper and slideshow, you are to prepare or purchase a dish (food item)
that is relevant to your chosen country. Be prepared to discuss how your chosen dish
relates to your country. We will have a festival celebrating all of the countries
represented during the presentations.-

The last portion of this project-create an informative poster with information and pictures
about your country OR dress in something that is relevant to your chosen country.

This project is worth 500 points! The business report