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A Bit of History

Malaysia achieved independence as Malaya on August 31, 1957 from the British without a shot being fired.

At that time, it was federation of the Straits Settlements of Penang (Pulau Pinang) and Malacca (Melaka), the Federated States of Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan (Negeri Sembilan), Pahang and the Unfederated States of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, Trengganu (Terengganu) and Johore (Johor).

In 1963, Malaya became Malaysia with the addition of Sarawak and Sabah of Borneo and the Crown Colony of Singapore. In 1965, Singapore left Malaysia and became an independent country.

Later on, the Federal Territories (Wilaya Persekutuan) of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya were created.


There are two natural heritage Unesco sites in Malaysia
1) Gunung Kinabalu National Park (Sabah) - Mount Kinabalu
2) Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak) - Mulu Caves, Pinnacles

There also many rainforest parks, splendid diving and bird watching locations and beautiful islands in Malaysia for the adventurous and nature lovers.

Both George Town (Penang, Pulau Pinang) and Malacca (Melaka) are seeking joint heritage Unesco cities.

Malaysia - Truly Asia

When the British ruled Malaysia, labor immigration from China to work the tin industry and from India for the rubber industry were actively organized.

Today, Malaysia is a mult-ethnic population of Malay, Chinese and Indian. There are other indigenous tribes of Iban/Dayak, Kadazan, etc in Sarawak and Sabah as well as in Peninsular Malaysia.

So you will find various cultural festivals year round in Malaysia and can taste all kinds of food, authentic as well as fusion from the various ethnic communities.

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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Wow, SLLiew, what wonderfully informative travel pages you have got. Will come back later and have a look at more of your pages. Just loved them :)

  • paolodecastro's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Would love to visit Malaysia..after i have travelled my whole country...... travels....travels.......and more travels..:)

  • JessieLang's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Great pages, SL! If I ever get to Malaysia, most of them will be in my travel planner.

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Thanks for your tips on Malaysia. When I was in Singapore in Janaury 2004 I did a day trip to Melaka and had a nice time. Love to see KL and beyond someday.

  • May 10, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Hi, i am Malaysian as well. Thanks for the info.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 6:38 AM

    Hi, SL ! Wonderful pages and splendid pictures! Thanks for your huge collection of postcards!

  • besal's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:36 AM

    Great tips. Visited Malaysia in 1973. Have great memories of that visit.

  • HorriBelle's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2008 at 4:00 AM

    Hi! i'm new here. I was thinking to write something useful for my Malaysia page then I came across your page. Wow. Very informative. I guess I just mine blank then.. heh.. Nice job.

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    wonderful Malaysia page, I must go there sometime!!

  • frachal73's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 6:35 AM

    Hi SL, greetings from Barcelona. Your page on Malaysia is very interesting and useful. I just found it by chance. I'm considering a trip to KUL & Penang next November. Kind Regards,Francesc

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