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Malaysia

 
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Coordinates:
02.50 N  112.50 E

 
 
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   Introduction    Malaysia Top of Page
Background:
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During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's history were marred by Indonesian efforts to control Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's secession from the Federation in 1965.
   Geography    Malaysia Top of Page
Location:
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Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam
Geographic coordinates:
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2 30 N, 112 30 E
Map references:
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Southeast Asia
Area:
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total: 329,750 sq km
land: 328,550 sq km
water: 1,200 sq km
Area - comparative:
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slightly larger than New Mexico
Land boundaries:
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total: 2,669 km
border countries: Brunei 381 km, Indonesia 1,782 km, Thailand 506 km
Coastline:
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4,675 km (Peninsular Malaysia 2,068 km, East Malaysia 2,607 km)
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation; specified boundary in the South China Sea
Climate:
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tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons
Terrain:
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coastal plains rising to hills and mountains
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Gunung Kinabalu 4,100 m
Natural resources:
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tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite
Land use:
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arable land: 5.46%
permanent crops: 17.54%
other: 77% (2005)
Irrigated land:
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3,650 sq km (2003)
Natural hazards:
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flooding, landslides, forest fires
Environment - current issues:
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air pollution from industrial and vehicular emissions; water pollution from raw sewage; deforestation; smoke/haze from Indonesian forest fires
Environment - international agreements:
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party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
Geography - note:
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strategic location along Strait of Malacca and southern South China Sea
   People    Malaysia Top of Page
Population:
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24,385,858 (July 2006 est.)
Age structure:
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0-14 years: 32.6% (male 4,093,859/female 3,862,730)
15-64 years: 62.6% (male 7,660,680/female 7,613,537)
65 years and over: 4.7% (male 509,260/female 645,792) (2006 est.)
Median age:
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total: 24.1 years
male: 23.6 years
female: 24.8 years (2006 est.)
Population growth rate:
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1.78% (2006 est.)
Birth rate:
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22.86 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Death rate:
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5.05 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Net migration rate:
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0 migrant(s)/1,000 population
note: does not reflect net flow of an unknown number of illegal immigrants from other countries in the region (2006 est.)
Sex ratio:
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at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.79 male(s)/female
total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
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total: 17.16 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 19.87 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 14.25 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
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total population: 72.5 years
male: 69.8 years
female: 75.38 years (2006 est.)
Total fertility rate:
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3.04 children born/woman (2006 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
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0.4% (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
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52,000 (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
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2,000 (2003 est.)
Major infectious diseases:
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degree of risk: high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever and malaria are high risks in some locations (2005)
Nationality:
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noun: Malaysian(s)
adjective: Malaysian
Ethnic groups:
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Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, Indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.)
Religions:
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Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh; note - in addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia
Languages:
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Bahasa Melayu (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai
note: in East Malaysia there are several indigenous languages; most widely spoken are Iban and Kadazan
Literacy:
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definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 88.7%
male: 92%
female: 85.4% (2002)
   Government    Malaysia Top of Page
Country name:
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conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Malaysia
former: Federation of Malaysia
Government type:
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constitutional monarchy
note: nominally headed by paramount ruler and a bicameral Parliament consisting of a nonelected upper house and an elected lower house; all Peninsular Malaysian states have hereditary rulers except Melaka and Pulau Pinang (Penang); those two states along with Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia have governors appointed by government; powers of state governments are limited by federal constitution; under terms of federation, Sabah and Sarawak retain certain constitutional prerogatives (e.g., right to maintain their own immigration controls); Sabah holds 25 seats in House of Representatives; Sarawak holds 28 seats in House of Representatives
Capital:
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Kuala Lumpur
note: Putrajaya is referred to as administrative center not capital; Parliament meets in Kuala Lumpur
Administrative divisions:
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13 states (negeri-negeri, singular - negeri) Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu; and one federal territory (wilayah persekutuan) with three components, city of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya
Independence:
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31 August 1957 (from UK)
National holiday:
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Independence Day/Malaysia Day, 31 August (1957)
Constitution:
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31 August 1957; amended 16 September 1963
Legal system:
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based on English common law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court at request of supreme head of the federation; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction; Islamic law is applied to Muslims in matters of family law
Suffrage:
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21 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
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chief of state: Paramount Ruler Tuanku SYED SIRAJUDDIN ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, the Raja of Perlis (since 12 December 2001)
head of government: Prime Minister ABDULLAH bin Ahmad Badawi (since 31 October 2003); Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (since 7 January 2004)
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister from among the members of Parliament with consent of the paramount ruler
elections: paramount ruler elected by and from the hereditary rulers of nine of the states for five-year terms; election last held 12 December 2001 (next to be held in 2006); prime minister designated from among the members of the House of Representatives; following legislative elections, the leader of the party that wins a plurality of seats in the House of Representatives becomes prime minister
election results: Tuanku SYED SIRAJUDDIN ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail elected paramount ruler
Legislative branch:
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bicameral Parliament or Parlimen consists of the Senate or Dewan Negara (70 seats; 44 appointed by the paramount ruler, 26 appointed by the state legislatures) and the House of Representatives or Dewan Rakyat (219 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
elections: House of Representatives - last held 21 March 2004 (next must be held by 2009)
election results: House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - BN 91%, DAP 5%, PAS 3%, other 1%; seats by party - BN 199, DAP 12, PAS 6, PKR 1, independent 1
Judicial branch:
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Federal Court (judges appointed by the paramount ruler on the advice of the prime minister)
Political parties and leaders:
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ruling-coalition National Front (Barisan Nasional) or BN, consisting of the following parties: Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia Party or PGRM [LIM Keng Yaik]; Liberal Democratic Party (Parti Liberal Demokratik - Sabah) or LDP [CHONG Kah Kiat]; Malaysian Chinese Association (Persatuan China Malaysia) or MCA [ONG Ka Ting]; Malaysian Indian Congress (Kongresi India Malaysia) or MIC [S. Samy VELLU]; Parti Bersatu Pakyat Sabah or PBRS [Joseph KURUP]; Parti Bersatu Sabah or PBS [Joseph PAIRIN Kitingan]; Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu or PBB [Patinggi Haji Abdul TAIB Mahmud]; Parti Rakyat Sarawak or PRS [James MASING]; Sabah Progressive Party (Parti Progresif Sabah) or SAPP [YONG Teck Lee]; Sarawak United People's Party (Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sarawak) or SUPP [George CHAN Hong Nam]; United Malays National Organization or UMNO [ABDULLAH bin Ahmad Badawi]; United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organization (Pertubuhan Pasko Momogun Kadazan Dusun Bersatu) or UPKO [Bernard DOMPOK]; People's Progressive Party (Parti Progresif Penduduk Malaysia) or PPP [M.Keyveas]; Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party or SPDP [William MAWANI]; opposition parties: Democratic Action Party (Parti Tindakan Demokratik) or DAP [KARPAL Singh]; Islamic Party of Malaysia (Parti Islam se Malaysia) or PAS [Abdul HADI Awang]; People's Justice Party (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) or PKR [WAN AZIZAH Wan Ismael]; Sarawak National Party or SNAP [Edwin DUNDANG]; opposition coalition Alternative Front (Barisan Alternatif) or BA - consists of PAS and PKR
Political pressure groups and leaders:
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NA
International organization participation:
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APEC, APT, ARF, AsDB, ASEAN, BIS, C, CP, EAS, FAO, G-15, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IPU, ISO, ITU, MIGA, MINURSO, MINUSTAH, MONUC, NAM, OIC, ONUB, OPCW, PCA, PIF (partner), UN, UNAMSIL, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMEE, UNMIL, UNMIS, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO
Diplomatic representation in the US:
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chief of mission: Ambassador GHAZZALI bin Sheikh Abdul Khalid
chancery: 3516 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 572-9700
FAX: [1] (202) 572-9882
consulate(s) general: Los Angeles, New York
Diplomatic representation from the US:
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chief of mission: Ambassador Christopher J. LAFLEUR
embassy: 376 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
mailing address: P. O. Box No. 10035, 50400 Kuala Lumpur; American Embassy Kuala Lumpur, APO AP 96535-8152
telephone: [60] (3) 2168-5000
FAX: [60] (3) 2142-2207
Flag description:
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14 equal horizontal stripes of red (top) alternating with white (bottom); there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a yellow crescent and a yellow 14-pointed star; the crescent and the star are traditional symbols of Islam; the design was based on the flag of the US
   Economy    Malaysia Top of Page
Economy - overview:
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Malaysia, a middle-income country, transformed itself from 1971 through the late 1990s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy. Growth was almost exclusively driven by exports - particularly of electronics. As a result, Malaysia was hard hit by the global economic downturn and the slump in the information technology (IT) sector in 2001 and 2002. GDP in 2001 grew only 0.5% because of an estimated 11% contraction in exports, but a substantial fiscal stimulus package equal to US $1.9 billion mitigated the worst of the recession, and the economy rebounded in 2002 with a 4.1% increase. The economy grew 4.9% in 2003, notwithstanding a difficult first half, when external pressures from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Iraq War led to caution in the business community. Growth topped 7% in 2004 and 5% in 2005. As an oil and gas exporter, Malaysia has profited from higher world energy prices, although the cost of government subsidies for domestic gasoline and diesel fuel has risen and offset some of the benefit. Malaysia "unpegged" the ringgit from the US dollar in 2005, but so far there has been little movement in the exchange rate. Healthy foreign exchange reserves, low inflation, and a small external debt are all strengths that make it unlikely that Malaysia will experience a financial crisis over the near term similar to the one in 1997. The economy remains dependent on continued growth in the US, China, and Japan - top export destinations and key sources of foreign investment.
GDP (purchasing power parity):
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$290.2 billion (2005 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate):
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$122 billion (2005 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
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5.3% (2005 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):
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$12,100 (2005 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
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agriculture: 8.4%
industry: 48%
services: 43.6% (2005 est.)
Labor force:
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10.67 million (2005 est.)
Labor force - by occupation:
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agriculture: 14.5%
industry: 36%
services: 49.5% (2000 est.)
Unemployment rate:
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3.6% (2005 est.)
Population below poverty line:
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8% (1998 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
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lowest 10%: 1.4%
highest 10%: 39.2% (2003 est.)
Distribution of family income - Gini index:
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49.2 (1997)
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
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3% (2005 est.)
Investment (gross fixed):
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20% of GDP (2005 est.)
Budget:
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revenues: $30.57 billion
expenditures: $34.62 billion; including capital expenditures of $9.4 billion (2005 est.)
Public debt:
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46.2% of GDP (2005 est.)
Agriculture - products:
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Peninsular Malaysia - rubber, palm oil, cocoa, rice; Sabah - subsistence crops, rubber, timber, coconuts, rice; Sarawak - rubber, pepper, timber
Industries:
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Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, light manufacturing industry, electronics, tin mining and smelting, logging, timber processing; Sabah - logging, petroleum production; Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum production and refining, logging
Industrial production growth rate:
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4.1% (2005 est.)
Electricity - production:
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79.28 billion kWh (2003)
Electricity - consumption:
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73.63 billion kWh (2003)
Electricity - exports:
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100 million kWh (2003)
Electricity - imports:
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0 kWh (2003)
Oil - production:
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770,000 bbl/day (2005 est.)
Oil - consumption:
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510,000 bbl/day (2003 est.)
Oil - exports:
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230,200 bbl/day (2003)
Oil - imports:
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NA bbl/day
Oil - proved reserves:
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3.1 billion bbl (2005 est.)
Natural gas - production:
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53.5 billion cu m (2003 est.)
Natural gas - consumption:
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28.53 billion cu m (2003 est.)
Natural gas - exports:
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22.41 billion cu m (2001 est.)
Natural gas - imports:
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0 cu m (2001 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves:
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2.124 trillion cu m (2005)
Current account balance:
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$14.06 billion (2005 est.)
Exports:
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$147.1 billion f.o.b. (2005 est.)
Exports - commodities:
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electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, wood and wood products, palm oil, rubber, textiles, chemicals
Exports - partners:
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US 19.5%, Singapore 15.4%, China 11.3%, Japan 8.3%, Thailand 4.6%, Hong Kong 4.1% (2005)
Imports:
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$118.7 billion f.o.b. (2005 est.)
Imports - commodities:
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electronics, machinery, petroleum products, plastics, vehicles, iron and steel products, chemicals
Imports - partners:
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Singapore 26.4%, Japan 11%, China 9.2%, US 9.1%, Taiwan 5.4%, Thailand 4.9%, South Korea 4.9%, Indonesia 4.2% (2005)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
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$70.23 billion (2005 est.)
Debt - external:
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$52 billion (2005 est.)
Currency (code):
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ringgit (MYR)
Exchange rates:
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ringgits per US dollar - 3.8 (2005), 3.8 (2004), 3.8 (2003), 3.8 (2002), 3.8 (2001)
Fiscal year:
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calendar year
   Communications    Malaysia Top of Page
Telephones - main lines in use:
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4,446,300 (2004)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
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14,611,900 (2004)
Telephone system:
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general assessment: modern system; international service excellent
domestic: good intercity service provided on Peninsular Malaysia mainly by microwave radio relay; adequate intercity microwave radio relay network between Sabah and Sarawak via Brunei; domestic satellite system with 2 earth stations
international: country code - 60; submarine cables to India, Hong Kong, and Singapore; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean) (2001)
Radio broadcast stations:
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AM 35, FM 391, shortwave 15 (2001)
Television broadcast stations:
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mainland Malaysia 51; Sabah 16; Sarawak 21; note - many are low power stations (2006)
Internet country code:
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.my
Internet hosts:
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151,239 (2005)
Internet users:
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10.04 million (2005)
   Transportation    Malaysia Top of Page
Airports:
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117 (2005)
Airports - with paved runways:
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total: 37
over 3,047 m: 5
2,438 to 3,047 m: 7
1,524 to 2,437 m: 10
914 to 1,523 m: 8
under 914 m: 7 (2005)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
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total: 80
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 7
under 914 m: 72 (2005)
Heliports:
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1 (2005)
Pipelines:
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condensate 279 km; gas 5,047 km; oil 1,841 km; refined products 114 km (2004)
Railways:
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total: 1,890 km (207 km electrified)
standard gauge: 57 km 1.435-m gauge (57 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,833 km 1.000-m gauge (150 km electrified) (2004)
Roadways:
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total: 71,814 km
paved: 55,943 km
unpaved: 15,871 km (2001)
Waterways:
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7,200 km
note: Peninsular Malaysia 3,200 km, Sabah 1,500 km, Sarawak 2,500 km (2005)
Merchant marine:
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total: 312 ships (1000 GRT or over) 5,360,403 GRT/7,353,105 DWT
by type: bulk carrier 18, cargo 105, chemical tanker 38, container 45, liquefied gas 26, livestock carrier 1, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 6, petroleum tanker 62, roll on/roll off 5, vehicle carrier 5
foreign-owned: 74 (China 1, Germany 2, Hong Kong 14, Japan 1, Singapore 56)
registered in other countries: 66 (The Bahamas 12, Belize 1, Cayman Islands 1, Panama 13, Philippines 1, Singapore 35, US 3) (2005)
Ports and terminals:
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Bintulu, Johor, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lumut, Miri, George Town (Penang), Port Kelang, Tanjung Pelepas
   Military    Malaysia Top of Page
Military branches:
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Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia, ATM): Malaysian Army (Tentera Darat Malaysia), Royal Malaysian Navy (Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia, TLDM), Royal Malaysian Air Force (Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia, TUDM) (2005)
Military service age and obligation:
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18 years of age for voluntary military service (2005)
Manpower available for military service:
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males age 18-49: 5,584,231
females age 18-49: 5,510,345 (2005 est.)
Manpower fit for military service:
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males age 18-49: 4,574,854
females age 18-49: 4,613,321 (2005 est.)
Manpower reaching military service age annually:
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males age 18-49: 244,418
females age 18-49: 231,896 (2005 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure:
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$1.69 billion (FY00 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
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2.03% (FY00)
   Transnational Issues    Malaysia Top of Page
Disputes - international:
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Malaysia has asserted sovereignty over the Spratly Islands together with China, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and possibly Brunei; while the 2002 "Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea" has eased tensions over the Spratly Islands, it is not the legally binding "code of conduct" sought by some parties; Malaysia was not party to the March 2005 joint accord among the national oil companies of China, the Philippines, and Vietnam on conducting marine seismic activities in the Spratly Islands; disputes continue over deliveries of fresh water to Singapore, Singapore's land reclamation, bridge construction, maritime boundaries, and Pedra Branca Island/Pulau Batu Putih - but parties agree to ICJ arbitration on island dispute within three years; ICJ awarded Ligitan and Sipadan islands, also claimed by Indonesia and Philippines, to Malaysia but left maritime boundary in the hydrocarbon-rich Celebes Sea in dispute, culminating in hostile confrontations in March 2005 over concessions to the Ambalat oil block; separatist violence in Thailand's predominantly Muslim southern provinces prompts measures to close and monitor border with Malaysia to stem terrorist activities; Philippines retains a now dormant claim to Malaysia's Sabah State in northern Borneo; in 2003, Brunei and Malaysia ceased gas and oil exploration in their disputed offshore and deepwater seabeds and negotiations have stalemated prompting consideration of international adjudication; Malaysia's land boundary with Brunei around Limbang is in dispute; piracy remains a problem in the Malacca Strait
Refugees and internally displaced persons:
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refugees (country of origin): 15,181 (Indonesia) 9,601 (Burma) (2005)
Illicit drugs:
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regional transit point for some illicit drugs; drug trafficking prosecuted vigorously and carries severe penalties

This page was last updated on 20 July, 2006


Source: CIA Factbook