Malaysia

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The trouble with Malaysia, however, is that whenever someone criticises the administration of the country, argues against the government's policies, exposes wrongdoing, marches on the street in protest, ridicules government officials, questions accepted truths and sacred cows, or holds opinions outside of mainstream  in other words, exercises his basic right and responsibilities as a citizen  he is branded as unpatriotic, pro-opposition or, worse, asked to leave the country.

Brian Yap: 'New Malaysian Essays'

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Analysis

Analysis:

OVERVIEW: MALAYSIA

 

The three-party opposition grouping, led by the former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, had high hopes of pulling of an electoral reverse. But when push came to shove, the opposition – with 89 seats - was unable to unseat one of the world's longest-serving governments and pull off what would have been the biggest election upset in Malaysia's history. Anwar Ibrahim said that he rejected the election result because the country's Election Commission (EC) had failed to investigate evidence of widespread voter fraud. The opposition leader had accused the coalition of jetting in as many as 40,000 suspect voters, apparently including foreigners, to vote in constituencies where a close call was expected. The government riposte was that it was simply helping voters get to their home towns. The election turnout was high, estimated at 80 per cent; voting is not compulsory in Malaysia.

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Profile

Profile:

PROFILE: MALAYSIA

 

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Persekutuan Tanah Malaysia (Federation of Malaysia)
Head of State: Yang di Pertuan Agong (traditional ruler) Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah ibni al Marhum Sultan Badlishah (from 13 Dec 2011)
Head of government: Datuk Sri Mohamed Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak (UNMO) (appointed 3 Apr 2009)
Ruling party: Barisan Nasional (BN) (National Front) multi-racial coalition of 13 parties, led by Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu (United Malays National Organisation) (UMNO) (re-elected 5 May 2013)
Area: 330,434 square km
Population: 30.26 million (2014) (28,334,135; 2010, census figure)
Capital: Kuala Lumpur; Putrajaya (administrative capital)
Official language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Ringgit (also known as Malaysian dollar) (M$) = 100 sen
Exchange rate: M$4.34 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$10,804 (2014)
GDP real growth: 6.02% (2014)
GDP: US$326.93 billion (2014)
Labour force: 12.90 million (2012)*
Unemployment: 2.90% (2014)
Inflation: 3.14% (2014)
Oil production: 666,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 66.40 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$32.49 billion (2013)
* estimated figure

















 

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