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Malaysia can be described as one of Southeast Asia's most developing countries, a captivating group of a variety of traditions and breathtaking nature.

Located in the equatorial centre of Southeast Asia, Malaysia hosts a multilingual and multi-ethnic people, who have led their country to affluence and stability. Of this richly blessed nation, approximately 30 percent of the forested land and the surrounding seas are a sheltered collection of the world's most prized biodiversity. Over half the population is made up of Malays and native tribes, and a considerable number of Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups are classified as 'Malaysian'.

Peninsular Malaysia covers 40 percent of the land and 70 percent of the population. The South China Sea divides the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak from the peninsula making them seem to be a county of their own. They are found on the island of Borneo shared by Malaysia and Indonesia. Sarawak and Sabah are magnificent in both their natural splendor and the ancient rainforest based traditions of their many indigenous peoples.

In 1957 the country gained independence from the British and has since encountered a cycle of economic and political difficulties and achievements. Possibly the greatest success is a total conversion of the economy from commodity dependence to a broad manufacturing base. The government is focusing on building the service sectors such as trade, finance and tourism. A balance is required between economic growth, environmental sustainability and unity amid the diverse ethnic groups.

Kuala Lumpur has some of the world's most remarkable buildings such as world's tallest twin towers - the Petronas Twin Towers, as well as traffic that rivals Manhattan's. The old is at ease within this modernity, from pre-war shop houses to intricate, colorful festivals. Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 18th-century capital of the island of Penang sustains an old-fashioned grace.

Malaysian States and Cities

  • Kuala Lumpur (Capital of Malaysia)
  • Penang

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