Facts About Malaysia
Malaysia is an Asian country, sharing borders with Singapore and Thailand. Divided into thirteen states and three federal territories, it has Kuala Lumpur as the capital and Putrajaya as the administrative hub i.e. the seat of the federal government. The large number of islands in the country, over 200, has blessed it with a long and beautiful coastline. Infact, the pristine beaches of Malaysia, combined with its lofty mountains and flourishing national parks, comprises of its major attractions. Come here and let the cool sands and fresh breeze rejuvenate your soul. To help you know Malaysia better, we have provided a number of fun and interesting facts about the country in the following lines.
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Fun and Interesting Facts about Malaysia
- Malaysia is situated in Southeast Asia, north of Singapore and south of Thailand.
- Malaysia consists of thirteen states and three federal territories.
- Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia.
- Currency of Malaysia is Ringgit Malaysia or RM.
- The motto of Malaysia is ‘Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu’, which means ‘Unity is Strength’.
- Malaya gained independence from the United Kingdoms on 31st August 1957.
- Ipoh, the third largest city in Malaysia, is also known as the 'City of Millionaires'.
- The main religion in Malaysia is Islam, followed by Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism.
- Malaysia is divided into two main regions, West Malaysia (Peninsular) and East Malaysia (Borneo Island).
- The highest point in Malaysia is formed by Mount Kinabalu (4,100 m), situated in Kinabalu National Park, Borneo.
- Malaysia comprises of over two hundred islands and its coastline spreads over an area of approximately 4,675 km.
- The oldest human remains in Southeast Asia, dating from forty thousand years ago, have been found in ‘The Great Cave’ in Borneo.
- Clearwater Cave of Malaysia is the longest cave in Southeast Asia, stretching over 100 km.
- Malaysia boasts of being home to the oldest rainforests in the world. They are full of trees, as much as 100 m in height.
- The largest flower of the world, Rafflesia, is found in the rainforest of Malaysia.
- The Federation of Malaysia, consisting of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak, was formed in 1963. Singapore left it in 1965.
- Malaysia is one of the Commonwealth Nations.
- "TUN" is the most senior federal title in Malaysia and cannot be given to more than 25 living recipients at any one time.
- The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber, situated in Gunung Mulu National Park of Sarawak.
- The flag of Malaysia, designed by Mohamed Hamzah, was adopted on 16th September 1963.
- There are more than 60 sub-ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak.
- Only 0.85% people in Malaysia use broadband internet services.
- Malaysia produces only 15 feature films, but 300 to 400 television dramas and serials every year.
- The largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, is found in Sabah.
- Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur are the world’s tallest twin buildings and were the tallest buildings in the world until Taipei 101 took over.
- Penang's St. George Church, built in 1818, is the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia.
- The longest King Cobra in the world, measuring 5.54m, was captured alive in Port Dickson, in April 1937.
- The Penang Bridge, with a length of around 13.5km, holds the distinction of being the third longest bridge in Asia.
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