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Introduction to Malaysia

Map of Malaysia

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Malaysia is one of the most enjoyable and welcoming countries to visit in Asia. Being a developing country, Malaysia has been achieving impressive economic growth, in-line with its goal of achieving 'developed nation' status, through the organized and detailed plans of 'Vision 2020'! Having said that, Malaysia has seen significant growth over the past decade or so, in terms of the economy, advancement in infrastructure and mega projects, like roadways and highways throughout the country; and of course development for the people, for example in residential and commercial projects and office buildings, one of which includes the world-famous and world's tallest structure, the Petronas Twin Towers, soaring high in the skies.

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PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

The people, namely the Malays, Chinese, Indians, and the indigenous tribes, all come together to create a unique and effervescent blend of cultures, beliefs, traditions and way of life; while at the same time caring for and practicing their own customs individually! It is these graciousness and peace which have allowed Malaysia to prosper and be hospitable - allowing everyone, tourists and locals alike, to enjoy the 'shop-till-you-drop' shopping amidst the bustle of the cities, the delicious cuisines and delicacies, the beautiful sandy beaches, and the serenity of her untouched virgin forests.

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KUALA LUMPUR

When tourists visit Malaysia, they almost always make their way to the rush of Kuala Lumpur, the capital, encountering the madness of the traffic; or the cool crisp air of the colonially soothing Cameron Highlands; or the silent indolence of the beautiful island of Langkawi surrounded by miles of squeaky white sandy beaches! In East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, offers spectacular wildlife, longhouses and the awe-inspiring Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in South-East Asia!

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MOUNT KINABALU

 

Other Information on Malaysia:-

Background : During the late 18th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in Malaysia; although these areas were occupied by Japan during WWII. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent 31 August 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963, when the former British colonies of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo joined the Federation.

Total Area 329,750.00 sq km (slightly larger than New Mexico)

Coastline : 4,675 km (Peninsular Malaysia 2,068 km; East Malaysia 2,607 km)

Climate : Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons

Population : 23,953,136 (July 2005 est.)

Age Structure : 0-14 years: 33% (male 4,067,006/female 3,837,758)
15-64 years: 62.4% (male 7,488,367/female 7,447,047)
65 years and over: 4.6% (male 490,334/female 622,624)

Ethnic Groups : Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, Indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, Others 7.8%

Languages : Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Iban and Kadazan

Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy

Capital : Kuala Lumpur (Putrajaya is the administrative centre; Parliament meets in Kuala Lumpur)

Legal System : Based on English common law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court at request of supreme head of the federation

Economy : Malaysia, a middle-income country, transformed itself from 1971 through the late 1990's from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy. Growth was almost exclusively driven by exports - particularly of electronics. Healthy foreign exchange reserves, low inflation, and a small external debt are all strengths that make it unlikely that Malaysia will experience a financial crisis similar to the one in 1997. The economy remains dependent on continued growth in the US, China, and Japan, top export destinations and key sources of foreign investment.

GDP : $229.3 billion (2004 est.)

Agriculture : Peninsular Malaysia - rubber, palm oil, cocoa, rice; Sabah - subsistence crops, rubber, timber, coconuts, rice; Sarawak - rubber, pepper, timber

Industries : Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, light manufacturing industry, electronics and electrical, tin mining and smelting, logging and processing timber; Sabah - logging, petroleum production; Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum production and refining, logging.

Information taken from the World Factbook.

 

For more information about beautiful Malaysia and its stunning land and wonders, please visit virtualmalaysia.com or tourism malaysia

To make Malaysia your second home, click here Beautiful Malaysia.

 

 

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