Living in Malaysia
Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia consisting of thirteen states and three Federal Territories, with a total landmass of 329,845 square kilometres (127,354 sq mi). The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The population stands at over 28 million.
Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.
Fast Fact About Malaysia
|Area||:||329,845 square km|
|Capital City||:||Kuala Lumpur|
|People||:||54% Malay, 25% Chinese, 7.5% Indian, 11.8% other Bumiputera, 1.7% other|
|Language||:||Malay (Bahasa Melayu) is the national language in use, but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also converse in the various languages and dialects.|
|Government||:||Malaysia follows the bicameral legislative system, adopting a democratic parliamentary. The head of the country is the King or the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a position which is changed every five years among the Malay Sultanates. The head of government is the Prime Minister.|
|Weather||:||The country experiences tropical weather year-round. Temperatures are from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59° F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.|
|Currency||:||The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM. The exchange rate is valued at USD1 = RM3.50 (approximately). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and money changers.|
Malaysia offers a huge variety of food from the Malay, Chinese, and Indian.
Familiar favourites are the Malay classics like Korma, Rendang, Chicken Curry and the various sambals. Sambal Belacan is widely popular among the locals.
Nasi Lemak, a coconut-rich rice dish served with a variety of accompaniments such as crisp fried anchovies (ikan bilis), peanuts, prawns, shredded omelette and chilli sambal is what many Malaysians eat for breakfast.
Chinese usually served their meals with an assortment of meat, seafood, poultry and vegetable dishes. Apart from that, Chinese normally like to eat dim sum, har kuey teow, shar siew (sweet barbecued pork), bak kut teh (herbal soup); just to name a few.
The most common item in most Indian cuisine is bread. A wide variety of bread is offered at these restaurants. Nann, roti canai, murtabak, and tandorri are popular choices among the Indian food.