Hari Merdeka! That’s the Independence Day for Malaysia which is on 31st August every year. This is to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from the British colonial rule in 1957. The theme for year 2014 is “Malaysia, Where Love Grows”.
The demographics of Malaysia are represented by the multi-ethnic communities that exist in this country. The Department of Statistics Malaysia reported Malaysia’s population, as of April 2013, is estimated to be 29,620,200. Out of this number, the Bumiputeras including Malays were 62.3%, the Chinese 22%, the Indians 6.7%, other races (citizens) 0.9% and non-citizens at 8.1%.
Here are some facts about Malaysia…
- The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747-200.
- The largest flower in the world is Rafflesia, which can be found in SABAH.
- THE largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from Sabah. A specimen found in 1966 was 3.02 metres long and 1.92 metres wide.
- MALAYSIA is home to 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees, more than 200 species of mammals, 600 species of bids, 140 species of snakes and 60 species of lizards.
- SIPADAN Island off Sabah is one of the world’s top diving spots.
- AT 421 metres high, the Kuala Lumpur Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
- The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998-2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.
- Penang St. George Church, built in 1818, is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia.
- THE Penang Bridge is the third longest in Asia at 13.7 km.
- There are 878 islands in Malaysia. Sabah has the most at 394.
- The tropical rain forests of Malaysia are the mother of all rain forests. At 130 million years, they are even older than the tropical forests of the Amazon and Congo Basins.
Hope you had a good read on these fast facts! 🙂