Malaysia's history has been one of continual interaction
with foreign powers and influences because of its strategic
position between the Indian Ocean the South China Sea
which has made it the meeting place for traders and
Malaysia is a tropical wonderland situated in the heart of
South-East Asia just north of th Equator. It is made up of two
regions, i.e., Peninsular Malaysia which lies between Thailand
and Singapore, while East Malaysia is situated across the South
China Sea on the island of Borneo.
Malaysia has a centralised system of educational administration.
Its administrative structure is organized at four hierarchical
levels,namely, national, state, district/division/residency and
school. Consists of 20 divisions, 12 are Professional Divisions
and 8 are Administrative Divisions.
Manufacturing forms the largest single component of
Malaysia's economy. Malaysia is one of the world's largest
producers of rubber, tin, palm oil, timber, pepper and
petroleum. Tourism, too, is emerging as a major revenue
Malaysia is rich with arts, culture, dance, food and handicrafts.
Come and join the Malaysia Fest '97 celebrations. Your chance to
enjoy special moments with family, members and friends.
Government and Politics
Malaysia comprises 13 states and two federal territories
Kuala Lumpur and Labuan (an island off the coast of Sabah).
Nine of the states have a hereditary ruler
respectively, from which the Supreme Head of State, the
Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (King) is elected every five years.
The government is based on parliamentary democracy. The
Prime Minister heads the Cabinet of Ministers.