Country Profile - Malaysia

Name: Federation of Malaysia

Location: South-East Asia

Time: IST (+) 2 1/2 hrs

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Language: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

Area: 329,758 sq kms

Population: 28,728,607 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 31 Aug

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).

Climate: Tropical without extremely high temperatures. Days are very warm, while nights are fairly cool. The main rainy season in the east runs between November and February, while August is the wettest period on the west coast. East Malaysia has heavy rains (November to February) in Sabah and in Sarawak. However, it is difficult to generalise about the country’s climate, as rainfall differs on the east and west coasts according to the prevailing monsoon winds (northeast or southwest).

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 23 Jan Chinese New Year. 1 Feb *Federal Territory Day.4 Feb Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of Prophet Muhammad). 28 Apr Wesak Day (Birth of Buddha). 1 May Labour Day. 2 Jun King's Birth Day. 31 Aug Merdeka Day (National Day). 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: Malaysian Airlines (MH)

International Airports: Sepang (Kuala Lumpur) (KUL), Bayan Lepas (Penang) (PEN), Kota Kinabalu (BKI), Kuching (KCH)