40 Facts About Malaysia That Not All Malaysians Know

1. ” TUN” is the most senior federal title and there can be no more than 25 living recipients at any one time
2.  Tunku Abdul Rahman first announced the date of Malaya’s Independence at Padang Pahlawan in Bandar Hilir Malacca, on Feb 20, 1956
3. Another interesting fact is that Malaysia shares the world’s lowest death rate of respiratory diseases with Qatar at 7.5 death per annum per 100, 000 people
4. Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad has an office on the 88th floor on KLCC.
5. Barisan Nasional’s (BN) is currently the world’s longest reigning regime, having ruled Malaysia since 1955.


6. Malaysia’s first experiment with national service was in 1962, during the Indonesian Confrontation. People between the age of 21 to 28 were eligible for a two-year call-up.
7. The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu. It can easily fit a Boeing 747-200.


8. Lembah Bujang in the foothills of Gunung Jerai is believed to be the location of an old Malay Langkasuka Empire, holding ruins that may date back 1,500 years.
9. One of the place where the world’s largest scale cave of tin mining was conducted is the Village of Wang Kelian in Perlis
10. Sabah is the home to the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world
11. The Malaysian flag was adopted on Sept 16, 1963. The flag was designed by Mohamed Hamzah, a 29 year old Public Works Department architect in Johor Baru who entered a design competition with two designs.
12. Malaysia has 65,877 km of highway. This is more than the Earth’s circumference of 40,075 km.
13. There are more than 60 sub-ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak.
14. Penang Free School  is the oldest English school in Southeast Asia, founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings in 1816.


15. The largest insect egg in Malaysia comes from the 15 cm Malaysia Stick Insect which lays eggs that measure 1.3 cm which is larger than a peanut.
16. The KLCC towers were designed by Argentine American architect César Pelli.


17. The 88-floor of KLCC are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion.


18. The Belum rainforest has more Malayan tigers per square kilometres than any other animal sanctuary.
19. The BURSA Malaysia was formerly known as the Kuala Lumper Stock Exchange, which was in the year 1930 when the Singapore Stockbroker’s Association was set up to deal in securities in Malaya.
20. The life expectancy of Malaysian men and women in 1957 was 55.8 years and 58.2 years whereas, today it is 71 for men and 74 for women.
21. Malaysia is home to 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees, more than 200 species of mammals, 600 species of birds, 140 species of snakes and 60 species of lizards.
22. Klang, is the royal city and former capital of the state of Selangor, Malaysia. It is located within the Klang District in Klang Valley
23. Captain Tristram Speedy, who was acting British Resident for Perak, was responsible for bringing in the first batch of 110 Sikhs to Malaya in 1873.
24. Dr. Mani Jegathesan became the first Malaysian to win the Asian Games Gold Medal in the 1962 Games in Jakarta.


25. The country’s only Jewish cemetery is in Penang, in Jalan Zainal Abidin with 120 graves.


26. The Sungai Besi airport (now an RMAF base) was the country’s first international airport.
27. Kelantan holds the records for the largest number of flood evacuees (33,000) in 1982.
28. Seventeen year old Kok Shoo Yin became the first Malaysian citizenship certificate holder when he received the document on Nov 14, 1957.
29. St. George Church in Penang was built in 1818 and it is the oldest Anglican church in South east Asia.
30. Kota Bharu was the landing point for the Japanese invasion of Malaya during World War 2 in 1941. Japanese soldiers took an amazing 45 days to reach Singapore riding bicycles.


31. Local time has been adjusted on several occasions. On Dec 31, 1932, clocks were advanced by 20 minutes to ”lengthen” daylight, Sept 1, 1941, sped up another 10, 1942, fast forwarded two hours to follow Tokyo time, 1945, reverted to the time observed in 1941, and on Jan 1, 1982, pushed forward 30 minutes so that Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsula followed Malaysian Standard time.
32. The word ”ringgit” means ”jagged” in Malay, and originally referred to the separated edges of Spanish silver widely circulated in the region.
33. Chinese documents written as far back as the 6th century refer to Kelantan as ”Ho Lan Tan” and other names like ”Tan-Tan” or ”Chich Tu”
34. The first rail road in Malaya was between Port Weld (now Kuala Sepetang) and Taiping, built by the British in 1885 and covering a distance of 13.6km.
35. From its beginnings in 1995, the Internet in Malaysia has become the main platform for free discussion in Malaysia‘s otherwise tightly controlled media environment. 65.8% of the population used the Internet in 2012.
36. As Malaysia does not recognise nor have diplomatic relations with the State of Israel, Malaysian passports bear the inscription: “This passport is valid for all countries except Israel”. Likewise, Israeli passport holders are not permitted to enter Malaysia without written permission from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs.


37. In Malaysia and Singapore, the majority of inter-ethnic marriages are between Chinese and Indians. The offspring of such marriages are informally known as “Chindian“. The Malaysian and Singaporean governments, however, only classify them by their father’s ethnicity. As the majority of these marriages involve an Indian groom and Chinese bride, the majority of Chindians in Malaysia are usually classified as “Indian” by the Malaysian government.


38. Spiritual pop group Raihan hold record for the best-selling local album, 700,000 units of their Puji-Pujian album in 1996.
39. Malaysia doesn’t allow dual citizenship.
40. During festival seasons, Petaling Street will be filled with migrants workers rather than Malaysians. If you are there during that time you would feel like a foreigner in Petaling Street as you can count the number of Malaysians walking around.


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