Getting to Know Malaysia

If you were to ask some strangers, on the street, whether Malaysia was a city or a country, you might be surprised. Some might say “country” (great job!). Some might say “city”. Some might even say “Mala-what?”. Sure, it’s a country on the other side of the world, and it’s understandable why some people wouldn’t answer the question correctly. But people love to travel.

As more countries enter the Informational Age, the world will get smaller, in a way. Peoples and nations will feel closer since communication will expand. This will allow countries on the other side of the world, such as Malaysia, to be discovered by more people. And for the hopeful traveler, the country will be an option to visit.

Malaysia is a country in southern Asia and is flanked by Thailand (to the north) and Singapore (to the south). The east and west coasts are met by the sea. The large central area of Malaysia is home to a national rain forest, which is northeast of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia itself sits just north of the equator, making the country mostly hot and humid throughout the year. Much of Malaysia is covered by forests. Combining that with the humidity and proximity to the sea would explain why Malaysia has such a large rain forest.

There is a factor about Malaysia which will make it more of an appealing vacation spot. English is an active second language of much of the country. This makes it accessible to much of the world. As a matter of fact, English proficiency in Malaysia is the 13th best in the world, which is a fact that will surprise most people. The official language in Malaysia is called Bahasa Malaysia, otherwise known as “Malay language”.

Be sure to return next week, when we learn about the culture of the Malaysian people!