Malaysia is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia which is full of surprises and contrasts. There are many things you did not know about Malaysia and one gains knowledge and insight as they come across informative articles or indulge in Malaysia travel.
We have compiled a list of interesting Malaysia facts which would help you enhance your Malaysia holidays and give you some valuable Malaysia travel information.
1.Malaysia is a colonial country, yet it is a multicultural country
All countries in Southeast Asia were colonized and Malaysia stands no exception. Initially, it was the Portuguese who ruled, then came the Dutch and followed by the British regime. Malaysia gained independence in the year 1957, but the borders were not established until the year 1965. Colonial influences play an integral part in the culture of Malaysia especially reflecting in their building and architecture. One of the popular tourist attractions includes the town of Malacca which is blessed with a beautiful river and bridges.
Due to the high standard of living here, there are many immigrants from other parts of Southeast Asia like China and India. The streets overflow with multiculturism and you can find most of the nationalities on the streets. There are also many different languages spoken here along with the diverse population, cultures, and cuisines. Even though it is so different, all these people live and accept each other harmoniously.
2.English is the communication language in Malaysia although it is not the official language
No matter which person you meet on the street, you can converse with them in English. Even TV and radio stations are in English. 50% of the Newspapers and printed articles are in English. All this, in spite of the fact that English is not the official language of Malaysia. One of the main reasons is due to the colonial influences of the British Regime, people are not willing to accept English as they official language. The reason they support this language is due to its multiculturism and diversity in its population.
3.Malays are keen followers of street art
Malaysia has one of the awesome displays of street art. Paintings on the wall reflect true colors of art. Every graffiti carries with itself a story to be told and is based on the rich history of the place and its people. You can find it across any street in Malaysia, the most popular ones are from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and Penang.
4.Jimmy Choo is a native Malay who was born and raised in Malaysia
The famous shoe designer, Jimmy Choo is a native Malay. He was born and raised in Penang. His father was a shoemaker and taught him everything related to skills in shoes. Jimmy was quick to pick up and created his first shoe when he was only 11 years old. Once he became a bit older, he immigrated to London and built his business there. Today his business is worth millions of dollars and is a dream for many women to own a Jimmy Choo designer shoe.
5.Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malay dish
People love Nasi Lemak and are ready to consume it all three times a day. But did you know that Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malay dish which has passed the taste through generations. The yummy dish is a coconut flavored rice which is garnished with spicy sambal chili paste, fried peanuts, dried salty anchovies, fresh cucumber and served with an egg. The dish is really cheap and would cost you around RM3-RM10 per portion (roughly US$ 1-3).
6.The locals refer Malaysian Ringgit as dollar
Don’t be confused, when you a vendor or local restaurant replies ‘x’ dollars to your question ‘what is the price’. They have replied for a price in ringgit. It can be confusing initially, but one does get used it the more they indulge in the local street. There is no reason why they refer the ringgit as the dollar, could be one of the colonial influences. Paying in US Dollars is forfeited in Malaysia.
7.Singapore was part of Malaysia earlier
In the past, Singapore was a part of Malaysia. Even though both gained independence in the year 1965, Singapore and Malaysia are still connected to each other especially in tourism even though the governing laws are completely different.
8.Alcohol will overshoot your budget
Alcohol in Malaysia is very expensive compared to other parts of Southeast Asia. A small beer can cost you around 8MYR (approximately US$ 2) and the cheapest wine would cost around 32MYR (US$8). Although it is cheaper than in US or Australia, it is comparatively expensive considering the cost of living in Malaysia. Sufficient to rip your pocket apart.
9.Caning is an official punishment in Malaysia
Although it is court sentence only for men, caning stands as an official punishment in Malaysia. Women and men older than 50 years old and the people sentenced to death cannot undergo caning punishment. The same is not applicable for people convicted of rape. Caning is a common punishment tactic followed in schools for minor offenses committed by Male students. The Sharia court has the authority to order beating to both men and women.
10.The Kedah Sultanate is one of the oldest sultanates in the world
The Kedah Sultanate which was ruling the Malay Peninsula is considered to be one of the oldest sultanates in the world. Sultan Mudzafar Shah was the first Sultan of Kedah in the year 1136. The present Sultan Abdul Mu’adzam is the 28th Sultan of Kedah.
11.Malaysia is home to the oldest English School in Southeast Asia
The Penang Free School was founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings in the year 1816 and it celebrated its 100th birthday last year, which makes it one of the oldest English-medium schools in entire Southeast Asia. The Alumni are referred as ‘Old Frees’ and some of the popular ones include Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, badminton star Dato’ Eddy Choong, and local screen legend Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
12.Borneo is the 3rd largest Island in the world
Borneo covers a land area of 743,000 kilometers and the Island consists of Sabah Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesia. It is considered to be the 3rd largest Island in the world after Greenland and New Guinea. Other records which Borneo holds is that it is home to the oldest rainforests in the world.
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