Ready to learn a few fun facts about Malaysia?
Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Malaysia sometime soon or just want to know more about this amazing Southeast Asian country, you’ve come to the right place!
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Malaysia facts:
1. Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia with two regions: East Malaysia on the island of Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia. East Malaysia shares the island of Borneo with both Indonesia and Brunei, bordering both and separating them from each other. Peninsular Malaysia, sometimes called West Malaysia or Malaya, makes up the majority of the Malay Peninsula and has a land border with Thailand. Malaysia as a whole also has maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Between these two regions of Malaysia lies the South China Sea.
2. Malaysia technically has two capital cities: Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Kuala Lumpur is the largest city and the national capital, but Putrajaya is considered the administrative capital of Malaysia and the seat of the federal government. Government administration officers began to shift to Putrajaya from Kuala Lumpur from 1999 due to overcrowding, much like Indonesia’s capital is moving away from Jakarta.
3. Malaysia’s head of state is an elected monarch. Unlike other monarchs around the world who become so through birthright, Malaysia’s monarch, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme Head of State), is elected to a 5-year term by a Council of Rulers made up of hereditary rulers from 9 Malay states. However, the head of government is the prime minister.
4. When you consider the enormous continent of Eurasia, its southernmost point is the cape of Tanjung Piai, Malaysia. There is a large debate as to what constitutes a continent, but, as far as the uninterrupted landmass of Eurasia goes, Tanjung Piai is the most southern place on it.
5. Malaysia is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of these four sites, two are cultural and two are natural:
- Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley (cultural)
- Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca (cultural)
- Gunung Mulu National Park (natural)
- Kinabalu Park (natural)
6. Malaysia is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. As identified by Conservation International, a megadiverse country is one which holds a majority of the world’s plant and animal species. Malaysia is biologically diverse, estimated to be the home to around 20% of all the animal species in the world, with many of them endemic to the country!
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Well, that’s all our Malaysia facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Malaysia we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!