Malaysia Fast Facts

malaysia fact file Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Climate in Malaysia

Population: 30,949,962

Capital City: Kuala Lumpur

Climate: Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons

Time Zone: GMT +8

Language: Bahasa Malaysia

Country Code: 60

Coastline: 4,675km

The Exotic, Modern Paradise

Conjuring up all the mysteries of Asia, Malaysia is a former British colony that remains as colorful as ever. Beyond the lofty skyscrapers of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, its dramatic canvas is embroidered with tropical beaches, mountains, dense rainforest, and vividly green tea plantations.

Along with foreign expats from around the globe, the country is home to Malay Malays, Chinese Malays, Hindu Malays, and Sikh Malays. And there are still traces of the British influence. Throughout the Muslim world, there’s probably no more liberal country.

Malaysia has great infrastructure and foreigners are allowed to own properties freehold, has no inheritance tax, and places no tax on income repatriated from overseas.

There is no capital gains tax on equities either, and property sold in the fifth year will incur only 5% capital gains tax.

Malaysia also has a fascinating history. The UNESCO heritage city of Malacca was conquered by the Portuguese in 1511, and the first Englishman to set foot on a beach on the Island of Penang (also UNESCO listed) did so in 1593.

Malaysia’s first UNESCO heritage site, Kota Kinabalu Park, has more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 birds and over 100 different mammals. It will literally take your breath away.

When you sprinkle the stunning beaches of Langkawi, Pankor, and Tioman Island into the mix, and then throw in unbeatable healthcare at super low prices, you have a country like no other in Asia. The fact that most Malaysians also speak English is just the icing on the cake.

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From the Archives of Malaysia

Penang’s Best Cafés

Penang’s Best Cafés

Editors Choice
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September 14, 2019

Penang’s colonial history and architecture are second to none, and its 2008 UNESCO heritage listing really put its capital, George Town, on the map. In recent years however this Malaysian food hotspot has developed a café culture that rivals the likes of New York, London, Paris, and Prague, and its first New York styled deli Read more...: Penang’s Best Cafés

Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Best Places
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September 13, 2019

©iStock.com/laughingmango By Kirsten Raccuia Drive north along the coast of Penang Island, approximately one hour from the Penang International Airport, and you’ll arrive in the beach resort of Batu Ferringhi. Its popularity with tourists means a high concentration of bars and restaurants. It’s also where you can ride a horse along the beach, go parasailing at sunset Read more...: Batu Ferringhi, Penang

The Best Time to Visit Malaysia

The Best Time to Visit Malaysia

Travel Tips
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September 13, 2019

By Keith Hockton Malaysia, east and west Malaysia that is, has completely different weather systems and most of the living and working population of Malaysia occupy west Malaysia due to the difference. The beaches and islands in the west of the country are on par with those in the east, no question about it. The Read more...: The Best Time to Visit Malaysia

Traditions & Culture in Malaysia

Traditions & Culture in Malaysia

Culture
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September 13, 2019

By Keith Hockton The Malays The Malays inhabit the Malay Peninsula; eastern Sumatra; the southernmost parts of Thailand; the south coast of Burma; the island of Singapore; coastal Borneo, including Brunei, West Kalimantan, and coastal Sarawak and Sabah, plus the smaller islands that lie between these locations. Collectively they are known as the Alam Melayu. Read more...: Traditions & Culture in Malaysia