Malaysia is a small country located in South-East Asia with a land area of 330,000sq km. It is a federal constitutional monarchy consisting of 13 states and 3 federal territories. Kuala Lumpur, an enclave within the state of Selangor is the capital city. Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government.
It is separated into two regions by the South China Sea; West Malaysia or Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) on the island of Borneo.
Peninsular Malaysia is attached to the mainland Asia via Thailand in the north and it is connected to Singapore in the south with a narrow man-made causeway. East Malaysia takes up about a third of the northern island of Borneo and is bordered by Indonesia and Brunei.
Malaysia is located near the equator, and it is hot and humid throughout the year with an average rainfall of 98 in (250 cm) a year and average temperature of 80°F (27°C).
Malaysia boasts about 4700 km of coastal line with about 2000 km in Peninsular Malaysia and about 2700 in East Malaysia.
It is also home to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Approximately 60% of the Malaysian land is covered by forest.
Malaysia’s strategic location along the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea has contributed much to its history and economy. It is the center stage for interaction of a wide array of nations in the past. Malaysia’s history is riddled with traders from India, Indonesia, and China and foreign colonial powers such as the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The interactions and influences of these various nations can be seen in the different races, religion, traditions, culture and food that make up the Malaysian population along with the indigenous local population.
In 2010 the population of Malaysia was around 28 million, consisting of many ethnic groups. The Bumiputeras make up about 67%, whereas 24% is of Chinese descent and those of Indian descent and others make up the rest.
Malaysia successfully diversified its economy from dependence on agrarian, raw material exports into an emerging multi-sector economy based on manufacturing, services and tourism. In the 70’s Malaysia used to be the world’s largest producer and exporter of tin, rubber and palm oil. Today it is one of the world’s largest electronic products exporter of computers, computer parts, refrigerators and air-conditioners. It is also the ninth most visited country in the world, with about 24 million tourists visiting it in 2010.
With the government’s vision of achieving developed country status by 2020, Malaysia has seen tremendous transformation in the last couple of decades. And this presents the visitors online Casino Malaysia with some of the most extreme contrasts. You can go up the world famous Petronas Twin Towers sky-bridge, the tallest twin towers in the world as you look down on small villages with wooden houses built on stilts. You can also catch the KL Tower with its revolving restaurant, the Kuala Lumpur City Center and 5-star hotels and less than an hour away in Port Klang you can have the best sea-food caught by the local fishermen and served fresh by restaurants built along the river.
Malaysia is also a shopper’s paradise. Huge shopping malls are located around the country selling anything from world famous designer watches, clothes and accessories to locally made hand crafts and oil paintings. Notable malls are Suria KLCC, Berjaya Times Square, Bukit Bintang and the theme-park-like Sunway Pyramid. The malls are jam packed at day times as the locals try to escape the hot and humid temperature by shopping or window shopping in the air conditioned malls.