Malaysia Malaysia is officially a federal constitutional monarchy that can be found in Southeast Asia. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, but the federal government works out of Putrajaya. There are more than thirty million people living in Malaysia, which does not make it one of the most populated areas of the world, but it is within the top fifty. According to research that has been done in the area, people have been living in Malaysia for more than 40,000 years. Back in the first century A.D., people arrived from both India and China and they established both towns and trading posts in the years that followed. Malaysia borders with Thailand and Indonesia, and people can reach Singapore when they travel along a narrow causeway and a bridge. Both Vietnam and the Philippines can be reached easily by water as well. The wildlife in Malaysia is quite important and they have produced many plans to keep the animals safe. There are over two hundred species of mammals and more than six hundred species of birds in Malaysia. Logging has been a devastating issue in the area and the government is working hard to restore the green spaces that have been lost over the years. Here are some unique and interesting facts about Malaysia: · Malaysia used to be known by other names including Aurea Chersonesus, which means peninsula of gold. Ironically enough, the area has always been well-known as a producer of tin and not gold.
· The Kuala Kangsar district is where the last surviving rubber tree can be found. The original trees were brought to the area from London’s Kew Gardens by H.N. Ridley in 1877.
· There are 40,934 miles of highway in Malaysia.
· At the same time that Pearl Harbor was being bombed, the Japanese also invaded Malaysia. They stole bicycles and traveled to Singapore within forty-five days.
· The human skeleton of Perak Man was found in 1991, and at approximately 11,000 years old, he is the only complete skeleton to be found within the Peninsula Malaysia.
· It has rained for 200 days within one year in Kuala Lumpur.
· The national dish is Nasi lemak, which is a rice dish that is cooked in coconut milk and served wrapped in a banana leaf. This dish is usually eaten for breakfast.
· There are some buildings that do not have fourth floors, because the sound of the word four is similar to the sound of the word death in the Chinese language. Therefore, the fourth floor is either skipped or replaced with 3A.
Malaysia is a fascinating place to visit and people will want to be there when there is a full moon, so that they can participate in one of the full moon parties that are held near Kuala Lumpur. Of course, there are many other interesting things that everyone can do within Malaysia and visitors will find that they will be busy from the time they arrive until it is time for them to leave.