329,758 sq km in total land area
Approximately 28 million people
Malays who make up about 57% of the population, followed in
order by the Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups.
Bahasa Malaysia is the national language which everyone speaks
to a certain degree, but English is widely spoken. The Chinese
and Indians are able to speak a variety of dialects while the
ethnic groups have their own unique language.
Malaysians live in a multi religious society. Islam is the official
religion but other religions such as Buddhism, Christianity,
Hinduism and Sikhism are practiced.
Malaysia has a tropical climate with warm weather all year round
with consistent rainfall, more towards the year-end. Temperatures
range from 21°C to 32°C. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm
US$1 is roughly equivalent to RM3.60 and £1 is roughly equivalent
Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard