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Malaysians are Very Laid Back

Aug 18, 2007
Malaysia is a federation of thirteen states in Southeast Asia.The country consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea.

The two distinct parts of Malaysia, separated from each other by the South China Sea, share a largely similar landscape in that both West and East Malaysia feature coastal plains rising to often densely forested hills and mountains, the highest of which is Mount Kinabalu at 4,0952 metres on the island of Borneo.

Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. Its no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.

Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. There are two parts to the country, 11 states in the peninsula of Malaysia and two states on the northern part of Borneo. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

One of Malaysias key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.

For the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

Tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures in the lowlands range from 21 to 32. The highlands are cooler, where temperatures range between 15 to 25. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

Bahasa Melayu is the national language but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.

Having had an interesting past and being a part of the international spice route many hundreds of years ago, Malaysia has turned into a mosaic of cultures. Everything from its people to its architecture reflects a colourful heritage and an amalgamated culture. To understand Malaysian culture, you must first get to know its people.

Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture.

The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. In Sabah and Sarawak, there are a myriad of indigenous ethic groups with their own unique culture and heritage.

Manufacturing constitutes the largest single component of Malaysias economy. Tourism and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and timber are other major contributors to the economy.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Malaysia Rental Site
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