Unusual facts about Malaysia

Unusual facts about Malaysia

Malaysia is a interesting andvery popular country in Southeast Asia. Mainly divided into 13 states and 3 federal territories, the total area of the country is 329845 square kilometers. Area wise it is in 67th largest country in the world. The main part of the land is divided into two portions – Malaysian peninsular and East Malaysia. These two land area is divided by the South China sea. Malaysia is a multi-culture and multi-ethnic country with the presence of a large population from different minorities of Chinese, Indian and different indigenous peoples. People of Malaysia belong to an ethnic group called Malay. Presently as per GDP at PPI wise, it is 3rd largest economy in the ASEAN countries and the 25th largest economically developed country in the world. Known as one of the 17 most mega diverse countries in the world Malaysia has many interesting facts related to it.

CapitalKuala Lumpur
Population32772100 (2019)
Area330803 square kilometer
HDI0.804 very (high)
LanguagesMandarin,Taiwanese-hokkien,Hakka,Formosan languages, Matsu and different sign languages
National AnthemNegaraku
ReligionIslam,Buddhism,Christianity,Hinduism,Chinese-folk religions and some other
National FlowerHibiscus rosa-sinensis
National SportsSepak Takraw
National Birdrhinoceros hornbill
National AnimalThe Malayan tiger
International dialing code+60
Top Level Domain.my

Administrative Facts

1.  Malaysia is the founding member of the non-aligned movement, The commonwealth, APEC, ASEAN, and many other international organizations.

2. The official religion of the country is Islam.

3.  The man behind this huge economical growth of the country is Mahathir Bin Mohamad. From 1981 to 2003 and lastly 2018 – 2020 he reigned as the prime minister of the country for about 5 times and became one of the most elected prime ministers among Asian countries. Now Muhyiddin Yassin is the current prime minister of the country.

Economical Facts

4. Petronas is the only company in Malaysia that comes under the Fortune Global 500 list. It is one of the largest oil and gas corporations in the world, fully owned by the Malaysian government.

5. Malaysia is known for its fine quality of tin, rubber and palm oil production. It is one of the largest palm oil producers in the world.

6. Though the present economy is slightly shifting away from its traditional economy background, which was based on tin, rubber and palm oil production. Thus electronic goods like semiconductor production and tourism ranked up as some of the backbones of the economy of the country.

7. Eastern Malaysian state Sarawak is known for its forests and national reserves.

8. The highest twin towers in the world are present in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has the headquarter of the largest company in Malaysia – Petronas. From 1998 to 2004 it was the highest tower in the world but in Kula Lumpur, it remains as the highest tower.

9. In 2013 and 2014 Malaysia contentiously holding the rank for one of the best places of retired persons. In 2016 it placed in 5th as per the world’s best retirement haven.

10. In Islamic Banking, Malaysia represents the maximum number of the female worker.

Ancient Skull

11. The state of Sarawak has many deep forests and ancient caves. There is 40000 years old human skull found in Niah cave. This cave is in Niah National park situated in the Miri Division of Sarawak. That ancient skull is known as “Deep Skull”.Till now nearly ancient 122 human parts were found in Niah cave. Those were the local people of the Niah area, who were living thousands of years ago somewhere during the iron age. This part of Malaysia is the oldest human settlement found in the country.

12. Another Malaysian state Sabah has worlds one of the largest undivided leaf- Alocasia Macrorrhizos. Generally, it has a length of 20 to 90 cm.

13. Area wise world’s largest Cave chamber is situated in Sarawak. The name of the chamber is Sarawak Chamber.

14. Sarawak’s Gunung Mula National Park hosts adventurous cave Deer Cave. The Deer cave is 2160 m long and 196.64 m high. It can be a parking area of a Boeing 747 airliner from head to tail easily.

Historical Facts

15. Southern Indian ancient Pallava Dynasty is the major reason for bringing the Hindu faith into Malaysia. Early business activity between Hindu and Chinese people brought those two religions in Malaysia. By 1300 Arabian business community Islam in Malaysian mainland. They came through the Malay archipelago. The Arabs and Indian Muslims involved in their business and established Islamic faith.

16. During 1400 Malacca came under Malacca Sultanate and therefore Malacca became the center point of Islamic education in the Malaysian area.

17. In 1511 Malacca became part of the Portuguese Empire and force Malacca Sultanate Mahmud Shah to evacuate his Sultanate.

18. Portuguese 100 years’ dream of rule came to an end in 1641, when Dutch East Indian Company captured Malacca.

19. Brunei Hindu empire accepted the Islam faith and converted himself into Islam. King of Brunei Muhammad Shah converted to Islam faith and helped to spread Islam around the country.

20. British came along with Chinese traders and took Penang as a lease purpose from the Sultan of Kedah in 1786.

21. Malaysia’s oldest rubber tree can be found in the Kuala Kangsar District office. This rubber plant one of the 9 plants brought by a British H.N.Ridley in1877 from Kew Garden in London.

22. In the year of 1941, when World War 2 broke out and the Japanese took control of Malaysian cities. They started to destroy Chinese establishments and schools.

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Recent Development

23. Malayan Union was established in 1946, but it was broke up in 1948. After dissolution of the Union the Federation of Malay created.

24. 16 th September 1963 Malaysia declared its independence and in 1965 Singapore was separated from Malaysia. Thus it became the first independent state which was declared independence without any movement or wish.

25. Tourists as well as people of both Sarawak and Sabah state require passport to visit any of these two states. Even people of Peninsula Malaysia requires a passport to travel Sarawak or Sabah.

26. Kula Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)is the main International airport in the country. This airport is also one of the busiest international airports in southeast Asia.

27. In 1919 11000 years old full human skeleton was found in Perak state. It was named after the place – Perak Man.  

28. Made with coconut milk and Pandan leaf – Nasi lemak is the national cuisine of Malaysia.

29. Durian is the king of the fruits in Malaysia whereas Mangosteen is considered as the Queen of fruits in the country.

30. Bintangor trees are used to treat HIV/AIDS patients. These trees are found in the jungle of Sarawak.

31. Hari Merdeka is the national festival of Malaysia. In the year 31st August 1957, the Malayan Declaration of Independence was declared. That’s why this particular day is celebrated as a national festival in Malaysia.

Unusual Facts about Malaysia

32. Certain places in Malaysia, people do call the 4th floor as 3A. Because in Chinese culture number 4 pronounce the word “si”, which means death.

33. There are 28 national parks and forests in Malaysia. Most of them are 130 million years old. About two-thirds of the total area of Malaysia is under the forest area. Worlds most endangered animals, birds and fishes can be found here. One of them is Malaysian Mahseer which is protected in the water of the Tahan River.

34. Orangutan can only be found in the open area of Borneo Island and Sumatra Island. Some part of the Borneo island comes under East Malaysia.

35. The word ketchup came from the Hokhein word ke-tsiap. it was a sauce like soup. Europeans came to know about this word during their visit to Melacca. They were involved in different businesses with Chinese traders.

36. Areca nut was chewed by the Malaysian husbands during the marriage ceremony. Males used to chew the Areca nut to blacken their teeth so that they can attract their wives.

37. Teh Tarik or pulled tea is the national drink in Malaysia. Teh means tea and Tarik means pulled.


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