Coun­try Pro­file

Diplomat East Africa - - Special Report -

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Malaysia Malaysia com­prises of Penisu­lar Malaysia, the states Sabah and Sarawak on the is­land of Bor­neo.

29. mil­lion .

330,803 sq km.

Kuala Lumpur.


Is­lam is the of­fi­cial re­li­gion but other re­li­gion are widely prac­tised. Ba­hasa Me­layu is the Na­tional lan­guage but English is widely spo­ken in the coun­try. The eth­nic groups also con­verse in var­i­ous lan­guages and di­alects. Malaysia fol­lows bi­cam­eral leg­isla­tive sys­tem, adopt­ing demo­cratic par­lia­men­tary sys­tem. The Head of State is King or the Yang Di-Per­tuan Agong who is elected after ev­ery five years on ro­ta­tional ba­sis among the Malay Sul­tanates.

The Head of Gov­ern­ment is the Prime Min­is­ter.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing con­sti­tutes the largest sin­gle com­po­nent of econ­omy.

Ring­git Malaysia (RM) US$1 = RM 3.2125 (Sept. 2013)

US$ 312.43 bil­lion ( 2013) 4.7 % ( 2013) 16,900 PPP 1.6% 3.2% Ser­vices – 47.1%

In­dus­try - 41.2% Agri­cul­ture – 11.7% To­tal Trade - US$ 434.43 bil.

To­tal Ex­port

- US$ 228.45 bil

To­tal Im­ports - US$ 205.99 bil. Trade Bal­ance - US$ 22.45 bil Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic prod­ucts , Re­fined Pe­tro­leum Prod­ucts, LNP, Chem­i­cal & Chem­i­cal prod­ucts, Palm oil and crude pe­tro­leum. Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic Prod­ucts, Re­fined Pe­tro­leum Prod­ucts, Chem­i­cal and Chem­i­cal Prod­ucts, Ma­chin­ery, Ap­pli­ances and parts and Trans­port Equip­ment.

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