About Malaysia

Malaysia is known as a bustling melting pot of cultures and religion which is blessed with a geographical landscape of natural beauty. Today, with its increasingly cosmopolitan business environment, Malaysia has become a choice destination for an overseas learning experience.

 

 Full Name Country  Federation of Malaysia
 Area  329,847 sq km
 Population  30.947 million (2015)
 Currency  Malaysian Ringgit indicated as ‘RM’
 Capital City  Kuala Lumpur
 People  Malay (67%); Chinese (25%) ; Indian (7%) ; plus indigenous tribes such as Orang Asli and Iban
 Language  English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese
 Country Code  +60
 Religion  Muslim (61%), Buddhist (20%), Christian (9%), Hindu (6%), Other (3.4%)
 Government  Constitutional Monarchy
 Head of state  Yang Di-Pertuan Agung (King)
 Head of Government  Prime Minister
 Major Industrie  Tin, rubber, palm oil, timber, oil, textiles, electronics, tourism

 

 

ADJUSTING TO THE NEW ENVIRONMENT

Studying in Malaysia can provide lots of opportunities to learn many new things such as the customs of various ethnic groups and how to handle lifestyle, beliefs and worldviews which may differ from your homeland. While studying in Malaysia,youwillhave

enriching experience, inculcate greater cultural awareness, pick new life skills and become more independent as you will be living away from home. Find your ways to meet new people and make new friends by being actively involved in the activities run by Geomatika University College and engage with the societies on campus. Geomatika University College’s International Students Office (ISO) would be happy to assist you should you have any questions.

 

EXPLORING MALAYSIA

There are many things you can discover while studying in Malaysia. Malaysia is a fascinating and enchanting nation of different races, cultures and religious, co-existing in harmony in a tropical paradise in the heart of southeast Asia. Malaysia comprises two distinct land areas,WestMalaysia and East Malaysia. West Malaysia is a peninsula, flanked by the South China Sea on the east and Straits of Malacca on the West. With Thailand as its northern neighbor and Singapore sitting at the south.  West and East Malaysia covers a total land area of about 329,758 KM and are separated by approximately 40 miles of sea. East Malaysia consists of a federal territory and two large states, namely Sabah and Sarawak, which occupy the north of Borneo Island while West Malaysia consists of 11 states and 2 federal territories, all of which have their own distinctive attraction.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE 

Whether it is land, sea or air, Malaysia has one of the most developed infrastructures in Southeast Asia, comparable to that of other developed nations. There is an impressive network of roads and links, while the international airport, KLIA, provides world-class facilities and services, as well as hosting airlines from every corner of the world.

 

 

FOOD

Malaysia is heaven for food activities. The races which makes up the Malaysian population provides excellent and diverse cuisines. Malay, Chinese, & Indian dishes are affordable & easily available at most restaurants and hawker stalls, whilst fast-food restaurants and western food are easily found too. In addition, various other delectable cuisines are also available, such as Middle Eastern and Thai food. Malaysia is popularly known as Asia’s Food Paradise.

 

CULTURE

Dubbed as ‘Mini Asia’, Malaysia is a multiracial country with a population of more than 28 million that consists of Malays, Chinese and Indians, as well as many other indigenous races, all co-existing in harmony. There are also people of other nationalities studying, working and doing business in Malaysia. Bahasa Malaysia is the national language, but English, Mandarin, and Tamil are widely used too. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia but the constitution guarantees freedom of worship to all races, so faiths like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions are freely practiced. This politically stable nation emphasizes the sharing of power among the races, which ensures a peaceful and harmonious environment. As a result of this, Malaysia has gained recognition and acknowledgement as a model multicultural society.

 

 

ECONOMY & EDUCATION

Malaysia takes pride in being one of the world’s largest exporters of palm oil, natural rubber, natural gas, timber, cocoa beans and pepper. It is also one of the leading exporters of manufactured products such as semiconductors, audio-visual products, electrical goods, rubber-dipped

productsandoleo chemicals in the world. Education is another growing industry where Malaysia is gaining acceptance as a reputable study destination in the region. The education sectors offers a variety of higher educational program as well as professional and specialized skill courses that are competitively priced and of the excellent quality. Underlying this is the current trend of setting up branch campuses in Malaysia by reputable universities from UK and Australia. Furthermore, various universities from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and New Zealand are offering twinning, franchised and external degree program in partnership with Malaysia educational institutions.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

1.    Bus

Travelling by bus is the most common public transport in Malaysia. RapidKL (www.rapidkl.com.my) is Malaysia’s main service provider of public transportation in the Klang Valley via its integrated rail and bus network. Get in touch with your new colleagues and friends who uses the bus services. The fares of the bus service would cost you between RM 0.90 to RM 3.00. Bus routes usually go in many different ways; as such you might take more than one bus to get to your destination of choice. 

 

2.    Monarail & Light Rail Transit (LRT) Trains

Within the city of Kuala Lumpur, there is an excellent network of monorail and light rail transit train service. In the township of Setiawangsa, the LRT can be found with the name Setiawangsa. There are two different LRT lines that you need to consider before hopping on to the Kelana Jaya lines and Ampang line. Both operates to different locations.
To get around to Kuala Lumpur city, you can also rely on theMonarail. This line will bring you to several shopping destinations as well as to the central business district of the city.


3.    Taxis

In Kuala Lumpur,mosttaxiscomes with meters. Taxis can be flagged down at the side of the road in most places. In most cities, there are also many dial-a-taxi companies that can be easily reached by a phone call or now you can book your taxis online through mytaxi application. 

 

 



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