Country: MALAYSIAmalaysia

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Geographic Coordinates: 2 30 N, 112 30 E

Population: 26,160,256 (July 2010 est.)

Main Religion: Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism

Language: Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam

Government Type: Constitutional monarchy

Head of State:  Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (since 1 April 2009)

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

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): $14,800 (2009 est.)

Currency Code: Ringgit (MYR)

Life Expectancy: 72 years (men), 77 years (women)

Environment - current issues:  Air pollution from industrial and vehicular emissions; Water pollution from raw sewage; deforestation; Smoke/haze from Indonesian forest fires

Issues facing Women and Children:

  • HIV/AIDS prevalence is increasing. Reported HIV cases are doubling every three years.
  • Reports of violence against children and young people, including sexual abuse, are increasing.
  • Juvenile offences and substance abuse also appear to be on the rise.
  • Many parents are short of time for child-rearing and care of young children. There is also a shortage of quality services for early childhood care and development.

Land Mine Ban Signatory: Y

Local Media: Press: New Straits Times, The Star - English, Business Times, The Malay Mail, Malaysiakini; Radio and TV: Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) - state-run, operates TV1 and TV2 networks

Interesting Fact: The Malaysian state of Sabah is home to the Rafflesia, the lagest flower in the world. Malaysia has 65,877 km of highway, more than the Earth's circumference of 40,075 km.

Famous for: Petronas Twin Towers, Langkawi Island, Mount Kinabalu, Mahathir Mohamed, Michelle Yeoh, rojak, silat (a stylised martial art), Kiinabalu Park, Jimmy Choo

 

Official Tourism Website: http://www.tourism.gov.my/

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