MALAYSIA

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MALAYSIA

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To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia – a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It’s no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.

Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.

One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs.

Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

*Further information on the country can also be obtained from the Malaysian government’s official portal, www.malaysia.gov.my.

Country MALAYSIA
Area 329,847 square kilometres
Languages spoken English, Malay
Currency Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Visa requirements VISA APPLYING PROCESS Step 1 : Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Consulate. You may refer to the link ‘All about Visas’ to understand details of various visas. Step 2 : Complete your visa application form and affix your photograph. You may download the form from this websites. Step 3 : Ensure photos are as per specifications. Step 4 : Attach all supporting documents required as per checklist. Make sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications are not accepted. Step 5 : Submit your application at the VFS centre in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune or Ahmedabad along with the applicable fees. Step 6 : Track your application online Step 7 : Collect your passport from the VFS centre or wait for courier delivery.

Sports and nature

Sports and nature Sport in Malaysia includes badminton, bowling, football, squash and field hockey.[1] Golf is another sport which is growing in popularity after many courses were built.[1] Malaysia has hosted several major sports events including the Commonwealth Games in 1998.[2] Sport is a major activity in local universities, which often run an annual sports event.[3] In September 2010, Malaysian sports officials announced an agreement with some of Scotland's top sports organisations to develop partnerships to use Scottish expertise to create a successful sports industry in Malaysia. The Malaysian government designated 2011 as the 'Year of Sports Industry', and the Sports Minister outlined its scope and importance, which includes exploring the viability of hosting major international sporting events.

Nightlife

Nightlife It remains the best-kept secret that Malaysia has a world-class effervescent and exciting nightlife jam-packed with flamboyant personalities and gorgeous women. With trendy bistros and hip clubs constantly revamping to keep up with demand, Malaysia’s nightlife continues to successfully fan the flames of the masses year after year. It goes without saying that the best place to groove in Malaysia is the booming metropolis of Kuala Lumpur – the heart of the city. With plenty of entertainment options that range from sedate pubs, sophisticated clubs and trendy bistros, Kuala Lumpur easily satisfies its culturally diverse clientele.

Culture and history

Culture & history The culture of Malaysia draws on the varied cultures of the different people of Malaysia.[1] The first people to live in the area were indigenous tribes that still remain; they were followed by the Malays, who moved there from mainland Asia in ancient times. Chinese and Indian cultural influences made their mark when trade began with those countries, and increased with immigration to Malaysia. Other cultures that heavily influenced that of Malaysia include Persian, Arabic, and British. The many different ethnicities that currently exist in Malaysia have their own unique and distinctive cultural identities, with some crossover. Arts and music have a long tradition in Malaysia, with Malay art dating back to the Malay sultanates. Traditional art was centred on fields such as carving, silversmithing, and weaving. Islamic taboos restricted artwork depicting humans until the mid-20th century. Performing arts and shadow puppet shows are popular, and often show Indian influences. Various influences can be seen in architecture, from individual cultures in Malaysia and from other countries. Large modern structures have been built, including the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers. Malaysian music has a variety of origins, and is largely based around percussion instruments. Much early Malaysian literature was based on Indian epics, which remained unchanged even as Malays converted to Islam; this has expanded in recent decades. English literature remained restricted to the higher class until the arrival of the printing press. Locally created Chinese and Indian literature appeared in the 19th century.

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