Malaysia Travel Tips is created for the benefit of anybody who wants to know more about Malaysia. To create this online DIY travel guide, I have travelled thousands of kilometers crisscrossing the country, with more trips planned, so that I can provide you a look-and-learn discovery of Malaysia. I have photographed thousands of sights and am adding them to this website as fast as I am able to write! This guide is to act as a reference as well as to provide you suggestions and inspiration to create your own trips. The hallmark of this website is clarity, so almost every sight includes a description with map, and increasingly, GPS coordinates, so that you can go there on your own, with your own group of friends or family members.
Map of the States and Federal Territories of Malaysia
Malaysia comprises three Federal Territories and thirteen states. The states in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, are subdivided into districts. Districts are administered under district councils (majlis daerah), while some of the bigger towns and their surrounding areas administered by municipal councils (majlis perbandaran). Towns with city status are administered by city councils (majlis bandaraya), which is also called city hall (dewan bandaraya) in the case of Kuala Lumpur. The districts and municipalities are further subdivided into counties (mukim).
The Federal Territory of Putrajaya is subdivided into precincts while the Federal Territory of Labuan comprises Bandar Labuan and 27 administrative villages (kampung). The states of Sabah and Sarawak are subdivided into divisions (bahagian) which are then further subdivided into districts (daerah).
Geography of Malaysia
Malaysia covers 329,613 square kilometers (127,264 square miles). It comprises Peninsular Malaysia (also called West Malaysia) and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares land borders with Thailand, while East Malaysia shares land borders with Indonesia and Brunei. Peninsular Malaysia is also physically linked to Singapore by the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.
Peninsular Malaysia measures 740 km (460 miles) from north to south, and is roughly 322 km (200 miles) at its widest. The East and West Coasts of Peninsular Malaysia are separated by the main range, Banjaran Titiwangsa, with its tallest peak being Gunung Korbu (2,183 m / 7,162 ft). The tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia is Gunung Tahan (2,187 m / 7,175 ft) while the longest river is Sungai Pahang (459 km / 285 mi).
Economy of Malaysia
As of 2014, Malaysia has a Gross Domestic Product at Purchasing Power Parity of US$746.821 billion, giving it the third largest GDP in the ASEAN region behind the more populous Indonesia and Thailand, and the 28th largest in the world1 It is the 28th largest economy in the world, and according to HSBC economist Karen Ward2, the economy will in 2050 grow to US$1.2 trillion, making it the 21st largest in the world.
Population of Malaysia
The most populous state in Malaysia is Selangor (as of 2000)3, with a population of 4.2 million people, followed by Johor (2.7 million) and Sabah (2.6 million). Selangor also recorded the highest percentage of in-migrants of any state in Malaysia, 28.2% in 2003-2004 and 16.4% in 2006-2007, with the majority coming from Kedah (8,900), Perak (6,500), the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (5,300) and Kelantan (4,400).
The state of Penang has the highest percentage of migrants, for the period of 2008 to 2009, with the highest number of net migrants (15,400), a contra of 20.7% in-migrants and 5.3% out-migrants. In other words, of 100 persons who either moved to or out of Penang, the state received 60 addition persons.
Thank you for visiting my website, Penang Travel Tips. Since starting it in 2003, it has become my own online encyclopedia. My name is Timothy Tye, you can call me Tim. I am a full-time website author writing only my own website, to describe things and places I am curious about. To know more about me, go to www.timothytye.com
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