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15 Interesting facts about Malaysia that don't know!-Imraan Siddiqui

Malaysia facts

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country which occupies parts of the Malay Peninsula as well as the island of Borneo. Tourism has become the third largest source of foreign exchange income for Malaysia. This nation is well known for its rainforests, beaches and here is mix influence of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European culture. Hence, here we are giving you 15 Interesting facts about Malaysia that you must know!



1. The oldest name of Malaysia was “Aurea Chersonesus” which was named by Greco-Roman geographer Ptolemy. Aurea Chersonesus means ‘peninsula of gold’.

2. The name Malaysia might be derived from the word Melayu, or Malay, that can come from the Sungai Melayu (Melayu River) in Sumatra.



3. After Greenland and New Guinea, Borneo is the third largest island in the world with an area spanning more than 743,000 km2. Borneo is shared by three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and the Independent Sultanate of Brunei.

Borneo malaysia

4. In peninsular Malaysia, local time has been adjusted a total of eight times. The very last adjustment happened on January 1, 1982 when the Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, decided that the whole nation would follow the time in Sarawak and Sabah. Previous to that, both islands were about 30 minutes forward of peninsular Malaysia.

5. In Kuala Lumpur, The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings of the world from year 1998 to 2004. They are still considered as the tallest “twin” buildings in the world. Both the buildings are connected by a sky bridge at level 41, which are 170 m (558 feet) off the ground.

petronas, "twin” buildings in the world

6. Petronas is the solitary Malaysian company in the Fortune Global 500. It is amongst the most gainful companies in the world. It accounted approx a third of the government of Malaysia anticipated RM 183 billion (US$55 billion) income in the year 2011.

7. In all over the world, the biggest roundabout is situated at Putrajaya in Malaysia. It is approximately 2.2 miles (3.5 km) in diameter.

Putrajaya in Malaysia

8. In Malaysia, the total highways are of 40,934 miles (65,877 km). This is more than the circumference of earth which is only 24,901 miles (40,075 km).

highways, malysia

9. The currency of Malaysia is called the ringgit. It means “uneven” in Malay, and initially referred to the divided edges of Spanish silver dollars extensively circulated in the area.

10. Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, has recorded about 200 rainy days in a year. The city of Kuching in Sarawak holds the record of 253 rainy days in a year.

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11. Pomelo (Citrus maxima) is one of the fruits found in Malaysia which is a citrus fruit and is counted amongst the largest citrus food in all over the world. It can grow bigger up to the size of a small football and weighs from 1–3 kg.

pomelo fruit malaysia

12. As per the survey in year 2010, the people of Malaysia had the maximum number of Facebook friends, with an average of about 233.

13. The national dish of Malaysia is known as Nasi lemak. It is fragrant rice dish which is prepared in coconut milk and is widely served in the banana leaf.

Nasi lemak dish
14. A heart bypass surgery in Malaysia can be done for just about US $9,000. The cost of same operation in U.S. is approximately $130,000.

15.  Malaysia has developed into the 9th most visited nation in the world, as per the World Tourism Organization (WTO). 

Malaysia tourism

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