Malaysia hosts an expatriate population of around 90,000 professional men and women, when you add their families the figure rises to 200,000. Expats come to Malaysia from all over the world, from Asian, Europe and America, the majority reside in the Greater KL area although Penang is also popular. If you are shortly to join their ranks please read on, we hope you’ll find some of the information interesting and indeed useful!

  • The Capital of this Country is Kuala Lumpur, and means “Muddy Estuary” in the Malay language and it’s the Largest City. Putrajaya is the government seat.
  • Malaysia’s official religion is the Islam, with around 61% practicing it. Almost 20% practice Buddhism and the rest Christianity and hinduism.
  • Malaysia uses the Ringgit (RM) as their currency and Bahasa Malaysia as their official language.
  • Malaysia achieved Independence from the United Kingdom on 31 August 1957.
  • Malaysia is the only country that posses land on continental Asia and the Malay Archipelago.
  • This country is very strict, when it comes to use or possession of drugs. The use or possession can be punished by death.
  • Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with no sharply divided seasons. Temperatures range from 22 °C-34 °C (72°-93 °F). Its hottest months are June and July, while its monsoon season is in November and December. Malaysia’s temperatures vary from 24°C to 33°C on average, with daily temperatures being around 27°C. Monsoon season is typically from October to February, making those months slightly cooler.
  • Malaysia´s flag is also called “stripes of Glory” (Jalur Gemilang).  The flag consists of 14 stripes, 7 red and 7 white, the crescent represents Islam, the blue canton the Unity of Malaysian people, the 14-point star represents the Federal and Government.
  • The oldest Anglican church of South East Asia can be found in Penang, it is the St. George Church.
  • Malaysia’s PETRONAS Towers in the capital Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings from the years 1998-2004 with a height of 452m. Now they are ranked as 8th tallest in the World.
  • The Penang Bridge in Malaysia is the 3rd longest bridge in Asia; it’s the 13.7 km long.
  • Bario in Sarawak’s Kelabit Highlands is the most isolated settlement in all of Malaysia. There are no roads in this remote corner.
  • Taman Negara is Malaysia’s tropical rainforest and is considered as the oldest rainforest on earth, even older than the Amazon rainforest. Its age is estimated to be 130 million years.
  • Malaysia has the largest cave chamber on the planet; it’s the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak.
  • Some cool information: You don’t need to go out of Kuala Lumpur to see a rainforest; you can experience a primeval rainforest in the heart of the city at Bukit Nanas Rainforest Reserve. Covering only about 10.5 hectares, Bukit Nanas is among the smallest rainforest patches on earth.
  • LEGOLAND Malaysia is Asia’s 1st and only LEGOLAND Resort.
  • The World´s biggest roundabout is located in Malaysia at Putrajaya with a diameter of 3.5Km.
  • Due to the fusion of so many ethnic groups (Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous) Malaysia is known as the Food Paradise of South Eastern Asia thanks to the fusion.
  • They drive on the left side like most former British colonies, other countries in South East Asia like Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore drive also left.
  • The largest flower on earth finds its home in Malaysia. Its name is Reffleasia and it is over 1M in diameter; but don’t sniff it – the flower does not smell very nice.