Are you looking for lesser-known facts about Malaysia? Here is a collection of interesting and fun facts about Malaysia which You’ve Never Heard Before as well as you can also read general information about Malaysia.
Located on the Malay Peninsula, the Malacca Straits on the west coast of the mainland and the South China Sea on its east coast. The second part of the country, sometimes known as East Malaysia, is located on the northern part of the island of Borneo in the South China Sea.
Kuala Lumpur, located on the Malay Peninsula, is the capital of the country, but recently the federal capital has been shifted to the new city of Putrajaya, specially built for administration. It is a federal-state made up of 13 states.
Different ethnic groups like Chinese, Malay and Indians live in Malaysia.
General facts about Malaysia
- Total Population –31.6 million (3.16 crores) (2017)
- Highest Mountain – Gunung Kinabalu 4,095 m (13,435 ft)
- Total Area – 330,803 km²
- Largest Lake – Lake Chini
- National Day – 31 August
- Currency – Malaysian ringgit
- National Song – “Negaraku”
- Capital – Kuala Lumpur
The official language here is Malay, but English is mostly used in the education and economic fields. More than 130 languages are spoken here, 94 of which are spoken in Malaysian Borneo and 40 in Peninsula. Although the country’s official religion is Islam, citizens are at liberty to follow other religions.
Amazing Facts About Malaysia For Tourists and Kids
1. Don’t say ‘Allah’
In Malaysia, a non-Muslim man cannot use ‘Allah’ word. If a non-Muslim(Any Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Jain or other non-Muslim) man speaks the word Allah, he can be punished for up to one year.
More than Malaysia, Muslims live in the neighboring country of Indonesia, but a man of any religion can call God in the name of Allah. Moreover, Christians living in Borneo, Malaysia can call their God in the name of Allah but it is forbidden on the mainland of Malaysia.
Not only this, words like ‘Fatwa’, ‘Imam’, ‘Haji’, ‘Sheikh’, ‘Mufti’ and ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ cannot be written or spoken by any non-Muslim.
He imposed such restrictions with the fear that people of other religions and especially Christians would not convert the Muslim people. The controversy over Allah and other words are years old.In the 1980s, the government issued a decree by making a list of about two dozen such words.
2. The title of ‘Tun‘ is the biggest in Malaysia and only 25 Tun can remain in Malaysia at one time. The title of Tun is given to another person only when one of these 25 dies.
3. Malaysia has the lowest death in the world due to autoimmune diseases. In Malaysia and Qatar, only 7.5 deaths per 100000 occur due to Autism related diseases.
4. Wearing yellow clothes is prohibited in Malaysia.
At one time, some opponents forced the Prime Minister of Malaysia to resign by wearing yellow clothes, since then wearing yellow clothes is banned here.
5. The declaration of independence in Malaysia was made on 20 February 1956. Malay leader Tunku Abdul Rahman led the independence of Malaysia.In 1962 in Malaysia, there is a provision of 2 years of military training for people between 21 and 28 years of age.
6. The national flag of Malaysia adopted on 16 September 1963. It was designed by Mohammad Hamza. Hamza was just 28 years old at the time and used to work in PWD.
7. Malaysia has a 65877 km long highway. Which is more than 40 thousand km from the circumference of the Earth.
8. The first film in Malaysia was shown in 1933. The name of the film was – Laila Majnu.
9. Belum forest in Malaysia has the highest number of tigers. It has the highest number of tigers per km.
10. Malaysia is divided into two parts. East and West Malaysia. There are a total of 13 states and 3 federal territories throughout the country. There are 11 states located in West Malaysia i.e. Peninsula of Malaysia and 2 states in East Malaysia, also known as Borneo Malaysian. This beautiful country got the name ‘Malaysia’ in 1963.
11. Penang Free School, located in Penang, Malaysia, is the oldest English medium school in South East Asia. It was founded in 1816 by Rap Spark Hatching.
12. Nasi Kandar is the best dish in Malaysia, which was taken by Muslim people of Indian origin to Malaysia.
13. Bintangor trees found in Malaysia are said to contain HIV virus-fighting elements. Hence their smuggling has increased considerably. These trees are found only in Sarawak.
14. In Malaysia, only 15 films are made every year. At the same time, 300 to 400 TV serials are made. There are only 250 movie theaters across the country.
16. There are 14500 varieties of trees, plants, and flowers in Malaysia. 200 species of mammals, 140 types of snakes, 600 species of birds, while 60 species of lizards are also found.
15. Japanese Army landed at Kota Baru, Malaysia during World War II. It took the Japanese Army 45 days by Bikes to reach Singapore from here.
17. Sipadan Island of Malaysia is the most spectacular diving spot in the world.
It is one of the top 5 dive sites, as voted by divers around the world. Sipadan Island is home to a wide variety of birds, it was previously declared a bird sanctuary. It is a very small piece of land surrounded by clear water, tourists are usually attracted to the various aquatic species that live here.
18. Borneo, Malaysia
If you want to experience long boat trips, insectivorous plants, in the middle of rain forests and with wild animals. So Jurassic World of Borneo will fulfill your wish. Summer is the best time to explore Borneo. When you can see wild and sea turtles together on the sea beach. Borneo is also a surprising blend of cultures, languages and centuries-old traditions.
19. Kuala Lumpur Tower of Kuala Lumpur is the fourth tallest building in the world. Its height is 421 meters.
20. St. George’s Church of Penang was built in 1818. It is the oldest church in South East Asia built by the British.
21. The first railway in Malaysia was operate by the British in 1885. Which operated between Weld Bandargad (now Kuala Sepatang) and Taiping.
22. The world’s longest King Cobra snake was caught in Malaysia. Then it was 5.54 meters in length. It was later moved to London, where its length was increased to 5.71 meters.
23. The Penang Bridge in Malaysia is the third longest bridge in Asia. Its length is 13.7 km.
24. Malaysia’s Sungai Besi Airport (now RMAF Airport) was the first international airport in the country.
25. Sarawak Cave, located in Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia, is the largest cave chamber in the world. It is said that it can easily accommodate the 747-800.
26. The rubber tree is the oldest of the nine trees planted in 1877 at the district office in Kuala Kangsar. An Englishman HN Ridley planted it from Kew Gardens in London.
27. The world famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo was born in Penang, Malaysia.
28. The world’s largest flower named Rafflesia is found in Sabah, Malaysia.
In Kinabalu National Park, you will find a very bad Smelling Flower called Rafflesia Arnoldii. This stinky flower can blossom up to 3 feet and weighs 11 kg.
29. The indigenous fruit found in Malaysia is pomelo (Citrus maxima), the largest citrus fruit in the world. It can reach the size of a small football and weighs 2.2–6.7 lbs (1–3 kg).
30. Malaysia is ranked 11th among the places where people like to roam the most around the world. The main reason for this is the fun-n-food aspect here. You can enjoy many exciting games , it is also one of the thriving places in the world in terms of food.Malaysian food is available here, Chinese cuisine is also available here due to the large population of North and South Indian and Chani people. This is the stronghold of seafood.
31. If you are in Malaysia, then think once before sharing anything on social media. Because Malaysia has passed a tough bill regarding fake news. It provides for a sentence of six years for publication of false news. Earlier, it had a ten-year sentence, but it was reduced to six years due to protests.
32. For the security of the country, there are well-organized land forces, air and water forces. Near Kuala Lumpur, there is a Federal Military College at a place called Sungai Basi, where officers of the armed forces are trained.
33. Malaysia is a multi religious society and the predominant religion in Malaysia is Islam. According to the 2010 census data of the government, among the major religions here, Muslims
(61.3%), Buddhist (9.8%), Christian (9.2%), Hindu (6.3%) and Confucianism, Taoism and other traditional Chinese religions (1.3%).
34. Batu Caves – This place is considered sacred for Hindus. This place is famous for the Thaipusam festival.
35. Petronas Twin Tower – The 88-storey building was the tallest building in the world till 2004 and is still the tallest twin tower in the world.
36. Malacca – This is the oldest historical city in Malaysia. An interesting mix of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences can be found here.
37. First hijabi pro wrestler who fights with men
You must have seen women wrestling a lot, but have you ever seen a woman fighting in the ring wearing a hijab?
Diana is the first woman to fight both men and women in the ring wearing a hijab.
19-year-old Nor Diana fights with men in Malaysian pro-wrestling and is the first woman to do so. She enters the ring wearing trousers, black hijab.
38. Owls are doing pest control of crops
Worldwide, new methods are being adopted to save biodiversity from the side effects of pesticides. In such a situation, palm growers in Malaysia have adopted a unique way of protecting crops from animals that have been damaged.
Owls are being used here for paste control, growers nurture them.
According to Carrie Island manager Izruddin, spread over eleven thousand acres, there are a hundred owls per thousand acres on the island for crop protection, which protects trees by eating rats, earthworms, and insects.
He said that more than 1,100 owls are currently on the island, with more than a thousand wooden boxes built around trees for his residence. He told that earlier various pesticides were used, which was not good for the health of the consumers.
Historical Facts About Malaysia
If We talk about the history of Malaysia, On 16 September 1963, the Republic of Malaysia was established as a result of the merger of the British colonies of Malaya Peninsula, Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak.
On 9 August 1965 AD, Singapore was separated from Malaysia by mutual agreement and became an independent nation. The constitution of this country is based on the constitution of the former Malayam Union.
Malaysia was a trading center between China and India since ancient times. When Europeans arrived in the region, they made Malacca an important trade port. Later Malaysia became a colony of the British Empire.
In its peninsula part, on 31 August 1957, the Federation became independent as Malaya.
In 1963, Malaya, Singapore, and Borneo became part of Milia, 1965 Singapore separated and declared its independence.
Tourism in Malaysia
Malaysia is a country in South East Asia that attracts the attention of tourists. Cultural, geographical and biodiversity in Malaysia can be seen and appreciated. The word ‘Malay’ in Sanskrit means ‘land of mountains’.
Malaysia has a lot of tourist places to visit. Malaysia and its islands are always a favorite for tourists. It is the recipient of several prestigious awards for its tourism and holiday destinations. Apart from fun, catering, and shopping, you can also enjoy historical-religious places and wildlife.
There is a network of roads in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Everything is so well planned that the visitor has no problem.
The first place to know the city is Istana Negara. It is the residence of the King of Malaysia. Apart from this, the city is also identified with the Petronas twin towers, which are visible from a small height from anywhere in the city of Kuala Lumpur.
The 451.9 meters high towers have 86 floors, but tourists are allowed to the 41st floor. There is no charge for this and only a certain number of tourists can visit in a day. Kuala Lumpur City Center Park has been built near Petronas Towers, in which more than 1900 palm trees have been planted.
Apart from this, KL Tower, KLCC Aquarium are worth visiting. There are 150 types of fish in this aquarium spread over five thousand square feet. Apart from this, the National Planetarium, Orchid Park, Butterfly Park, etc. are also very beautiful.
The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, but keeping in mind the growing needs, The administrative capital Putrajaya is built half an hour from Kuala Lumpur.
It is so grand that seeing it does not believe how any government work can be completed in such a short time. The lake is also built here and there are large convention centers with modern facilities.
Kuala Kedah can be reached by traveling 5 hours from Cameron Highlands. Langkawi Island is about one and a half hours away from here. Langkawi is a duty-free island.
If you know any new things about Malaysia , then definitely tell through the comments so that other people can read,thanks.