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Malaysia 2011




In Southeastern Asia; coastal plains rising to hills and mountains. 329,847 km2 (slightly > NM), 5% arable.

Capital Kuala Lumpur (pop est. 1.5M)

Population 25.7M (77.9/km2)

Life expectancy 73 years


Literacy 89%

Lang(s) Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

Religions Muslim 60%, Buddhist 19%, Christian 9%, Hindu 6%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 3%, other or unknown 2%

Ethnic Groups Malay 50%, Chinese 24%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7%, other 8%

Gov’t Constitutional Monarchy

GDP/cap $14,700

PCVs 1962 – 1983, health and education (4067 volunteers served)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day/Malaysia Day, 31 August (1957)

Adult Books

Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia and Singapore
by Jim Baker

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd; Updated edition (September 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-9814516020

Book Description
Baker's thrilling book profits from his refusal to separate Singapore s history from Malaysia's. What we get is a broad story filled with surprising details drawn from his own experiences and from other scholarly works, and told in an easy and captivating style.

Kids' Books

The bee tree
by Stephen Buchmann and Diana Cohn; with illustrations by Paul Mirocha

Format: Paperback, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-1935955146
Age Range: 7–11 years
Publisher: El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2007


Film: Talentime
Director: Yasmin Ahmad (2009)


Melissa Indot(Electicism): Music from Malaysia

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Malay: Selemat bulan tahun (say-la-mahtt boo-lawn ta-hoon)

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