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Learn more about Malaysia.
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
Population: 23,522,482 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
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An Introduction to 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 Indonesian efforts to control Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's secession from the Federation in 1965.

Malaysia map

Map of Malaysia ( Location ) : 2 30 N, 112 30 E, 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. For additional reports and educational information specific to Malaysia, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Malaysian Flag
14 equal horizontal stripes of red (top) alternating with white (bottom); there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a yellow crescent and a yellow 14-pointed star; the crescent and the star are traditional symbols of Islam; the design was based on the flag of the US.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Malaysia.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.83%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 69.29 yrs - Male
    • 74.81 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 4,571,600 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 10.8 million (1999)

Radios:
    • 10,900,000 (1999

Internet Code:
    • .my

Did you know ... People from Malaysia are called Malaysians
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook