Tourist in Malaysia
Most people who arenít familiar with the country so they donít really know what to expect as far as culture, government or economy. Malaysia isnít one of those countries like Australia or Greece that you hear about on a daily basis but because there is not much known about it, it would be interesting to hear about what makes this country different than the rest.
Most people donít know that Malaysia is a federation of 13 states located in Southeast Asia. The country itself has two regions that are divided by the South China Sea. The first region is the Peninsular Malaysia or sometimes referred to as West Malaysia. It is located on the Malay Peninsula and it shares a land border with the country of Thailand.
It is also connected by the Johor-Singapore Causeway and also the Malaysia Singapore Second Link. That connection is in the south with Singapore. It has 9 sultanates which include the Johor, Kedah, Kelanta, Negeri Sembilian, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and the Terengganu. The two states are governed by Malacca and Penang; there are also two federal sections of land the Putrajaya and the Kuala Lumpor.
The second region in Malaysia is Malaysian Borneo or East Malaysia. This land sits on the northern part of the island of Borneo which does border Indonesia and the surrounding area of the Sultanate of Brunei. This region has the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the federal land of Labuan.
The use name Malaysia began in 1963 when the Federation of Malaya which included Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak these federations cause to form a14 state federation. But only two short years after the federation began, Singapore was expelled from the federation and they formed their own country.
In years past Malaysia was dominated by the Malays and today the country is a mix of people with Malays and a good sized population of Chinese and Indian minorities. There are three major parties of the Barisan Nasional each group has a restricted membership of an ethnic group. They are communal parties; the last act of intercommoned violence was the 13 racial riots of 1969.
The 5 remaining states in the peninsula were known as the Unfederated Malay States. They were not exactly under the London Rule as other parts of Malaysia were under British command; they accepted British advisors in the very beginning of the 20th century. The four northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu were actually under Siamese control before Britain. The island of Borneo, Sabah was governed as the crown colony of the British North Borneo while Sarawak was purchased from Brunei as the personal kingdom of the Brooke Family who ruled under the name White Rajahs.
During World War II, Malaysia was occupied by the Japanese, the country called more and more for independence. After the war British plans were to bring together the Malaya under one crown colony called the Malayan Union but came under strong opposition from the Malays who did not want the removal of the Malay rulers or the granting of citizenship to ethnic Chinese either. In 1946 the Malay Union was formed and with the exception of Singapore it was dissolved in 1948 and replaced by the Federation of the Malaya.