Location/Culture Reports

Location Report - Malaysia

Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia. The capital is Kuala Lumpur and the population is 22 million. The twin Petronas Towers skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur are the tallest building in the world. The system of government is a parliamentary monarchy and the King is Tuanku Salehuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni al-Marhum Hisamuddin Alam Shah. The country is divided into two distinct parts: Peninsular Malaysia and the East Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak in North Borneo. Malaysia is hot and humid all year with temperatures usually between 68-86°F and humidity usually 90 per cent. Malaysia boasts fine beaches, as well as some of the world's oldest tropical rainforest and most spectacular cave systems.

Malaysia is a multicultural society, with Malays, Chinese and Indians living side by side. The Malays, who are Muslims, are the largest community. The national language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia. It's an old language, with early roots in the central and south Pacific.

Kota Kinabalu, known as KK, is the seat of government of Sabah, which has been a part of the Malaysian Federation since 1963. Bordering Sarawak on the northwestern flank of Borneo, Sabah is known for its natural resources, wildlife and intriguing mix of ethnic peoples. KK is known as the liveliest city in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, with a mixture of markets, cafés and bars. Aside from the State Museum, the major highlight is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, whose five islands are just ten minutes by speedboat from the city centre.