Malaysia is located in the heart of South East Asia with a total
land area of 127,000 square miles or 327,750 square kilometers.
Malaysia is made up of 2 main regions : the Peninsular Malaysia,
which lies between Thailand and Singapore and East Malaysia,
lies north of Indonesia on the island of Borneo. These two regions
are divided into thirteen states and 3 Federal Territories.
The 13 states are Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Perlis, Penang, Selangor,
Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Johor, Malacca, Sabah and
Sarawak and the 3 Federal Territories are Labuan, Putrajaya
and Wilayah Persekutuan. The capital City, Kuala Lumpur is located
in the Federal Territory of Wilayah Persekutuan. The Geographical
Coordinates of Malaysia is 2 30 N, 112 30 E.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy headed by the Yang di-Pertuan
Agong, customarily referred to as the king. Kings are elected
for 5-year terms from among the nine sultans of the peninsular
Malaysian states. Executive power is vested in the cabinet led
by the prime minister. Peninsular Malaysian states retained
their hereditary rulers in all but Melaka, Penang, Sabah, and
Sarawak, where governors are appointed by the Malaysian Government.
Powers of state governments are limited by the federal constitution.
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country of 23 million people. Malays
form the predominant ethnic group. The two other large ethnic
groups in Malaysia are Chinese and Indians. Islam is the national
religion. Bahasa Malaysia is the official language and English
is widely spoken. Other languages used and spoken in Malaysia
includes Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka,
Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai and
several indigenous languages such as Iban and Kadazan.
Enclosed please find the location map of Malaysia in relation
to the world and also the map of Malaysia showing East and West
Malaysia, the 13 states and some of the Islands in Malaysia.