Malaysia: Overview                                                   

Capital                          Kuala Lumpur

Government                  Federal Constitutional Monarchy

Population                    30,949,962 (2016)

Ethnic Groups               Malay                                     50.1%

Chinese                                  22.6%

Indigenous                             11.8%

Indian                                     6.7%

Other                                      0.7%

Non-citizens                             8.2% (2010)  

Religion                         Muslim (official)                       61.3%

Buddhist                                 19.8%

Christian                                  9.2%

Hindu                                      6.3%

Chinese religions                      1.3%

Other                                      0.4%

None                                       0.8%

Unspecified                                 1%

Languages                    Bahasa Malaysia (official)


Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow)






Indigenous Languages in East Malaysia (Iban and Kadazan)

Independence               August 31, 1957 from the UK

Kuala Lumpur

  • Kuala Lumpur is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia at the confluence of the Klang and Gombek rivers. It is approximately 35 km from the coast and sits at the center of the peninsula's extensive and modern transportation network.


  • Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in the nation, with a population drawn from Malaysia's many ethnic groups.


  • With a height of 1,453 feet, the some of the world's tallest buildings rise above the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. They are called the Petronas Towers, and, inevitably, they have become the symbols for the astounding growth that has taken place in Malaysia over the last two decades.