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Malaysia is truly an Asia! It is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia. So much of Asia can be found in just one destination: the exotic blend of cultures - Malay, Chinese, Indian, the ethnic groups of Sabah and Sarawak, the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia and the influences of the British, Dutch, Portuguese and Thai are indeed a fest for the senses. There are so much to see, do and experience. Blessed with diverse scenic tropical beauty, it offers challenging jungle-clad mountains, exotic underwater marine life, sweeping coastlines, fascinating mangrove forests and rich blend of exotic cultures with friendly people.
Malaysia consists of Peninsular Malaysia and the two states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is located 7 degrees north of the Equator. To the north lies Thailand and to the south Singapore. Peninsular Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. The country comprises of 13 states, namely Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Kedah, PerliS, Terengganu and Kelantan. The three Federal Territories are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. The Government is an alliance of parties representing different racial groups, and is headed by the Prime Minister and members of his cabinet. The Supreme Head of State is the Yang Di Pertuan Agong (The King). He is a constitutional monarch elected for a term of 5 years by his fellow rulers from the other states.
The population are made of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and indigenous people. Although the National Language is Bahasa Malaysia, English is widely used by the people in their daily lives and in business. The other common languages spoken in the State are major dialects of the Chinese and Indians. Islam is the official religion but freedom of other religions is practised freely.
Malaysia’s temperature fluctuates little throughout the year. Average temperature is between 21oC – 32oC. Humidity is high. Monsoon season occurs sometime between November and February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak and north-eastern Sabah. Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time. The unit currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM).
Malaysia definitely offers a never-ending discovery that truly captures the essence of Asia out of the thirteen different states along with the three Federal Territories. Malaysia is simply astounding! Enjoy it...
The dark blue stands for the unity of the Malaysian people. The crescent moon is a symbol of the official religion Islam. The red and white stripes stand for equal status in the federation of the member states and the federal government. The 14 pointed star symbolises the unity of the 13 states and the federal government. The yellow of the crescent and the star is the colour of Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Malay States.
Populated by the indigenous races, the Malays, Indians and Chinese, Sarawak has world famed natural wonders and fascinating traditional cultural diversities where visitors will find Sarawak "A Place Like No Other". The ever friendly local hospitality will make one fall in love with this beautiful state which has a population of over 2 million people with the Iban making up the vast majority and living harmoniously with the other ethinic groups consisting of the Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Bisayah and Penan to name a few of the many people here. Travelling to Sarawak is easy and pleasant because visitors are welcomed in all of the interesting places where the friendly locals are ever willing to welcome and assist their visiting guests. Language is not a problem for English is widely spoken by locals although the national language is Bahasa Malaysia.
As Sarawak is a land of rich traditional cultural heritage, it is a haven for collectors of items where the excellent collection of native handicrafts and unique artistic items such as the famed native ikat woven "Pua Kumbu" by the Iban women are found. The interesting bamboo handicrafts by the indigenous Bidayuh is another unique collectibles for visitors. Famous for its longhouses too, visitors to Sarawak will be impressed with the unique village under one roof concept where a trip here is incomplete without a visit to one. The world famed Sarawak Cultural Village with its live residents concept is another "must see" venue for visitors to Sarawak.
**...I LOVE COLLECTING POSTCARDS AND STAMPS. IF ANY ONE OF YOU SHARE SIMILAR INTEREST, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I'LL BE MOST HAPPY TO TRADE IT WITH YOU!...**
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