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Head of the State : His Majesty Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku AlHaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Ibni AlMarhum Sultan Badlishah, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV.
Prime Minister :H.E. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Haji Tun Abdul Razak
Deputy Prime Minister &
Finance Minister
: Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassin
Foreign Minister :Datuk Anifah Aman
International Trade & Industry Minister :Datuk Seri Mustafa Mohamed
Parliament :Bicameral type House of Representatives – 222 Members
Senate - 70 Members
National Day :31st August (Independence Day of Malaysia)
Weekly holidays :Saturday & Sunday
Capital & Major cities :Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Ipoh.
Population :28.3 million (est for 2010)
Total Land Area :3,30,252 sq.km.
Language(s) :Bahasa Malaysia is the national language but English is widely spoken.
Other ethnic groups speak Chinese, Tamil etc.
Ethnic Group(s) :(1)Malays - 54.14%
(2) Chinese -25.26%
(3) Indians - 7.52%
(4) Indigenous Malaysians (Orang Asli, Sabahans, Sarawakians) - 11.68%
(5) Bumiputeras - 65.92%(Consists of Malays, Orang Asli, Sabahans & Sarawakians)
Religion(s) :Islam is the official religion but other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism are practised freely.
Real GDP in 2010 :US$ 150 billion
Growth rate of GDP (at constant 1987 prices) :2005






(+) 5.2%


(+) 6.2%


(-) 1.7%

(+) 7.1 %

Per Capita Income in 2010 :US$ 8,000
Total exports during 2010 (FOB) :US$199.2 billion
Total imports during 2010 (CIF) :US$ 164.8 billion
Foreign Exchange Reserves
:US$ 106.5 billion
Currency :Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
Rate of exchange :US$ 1=Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 3.21 (approx)
RM 1.00 = Rs.14.00 (approx)
Literacy Rate :88.7%
Birth rate :17.5 per thousand
Unemployment :3.0%

India Specific Data (Trade):

Indian Exports – 2010 : US$ 2485.5 million
Indian Imports – 2010 : US$ 6529.6 million
Major Exports to India : India mainly imports Palm Oil, Crude Oil, Electrical Goods
Major Imports from India : Engineering Goods, Chemicals, Meat, Textiles and Pharmaceuticals
Indian Joint Ventures : Presently there are 74 Indian joint ventures in Malaysia.
There are 08 Indian companies and 55 Indian IT companies, many of them with Multimedia  Super Corridor status in Malaysia.
Malaysian Indian Community : (a) Total number: Approx 8% of the total population (1.9 million)
(b) Composition: Predominantly Tamils and few Sikhs,Telugus and Malayalis
Indian Passport holders : 1,50,000 (approx)
Time difference with India : IST (+)2½ hrs.

Major Universities and Scientific Institutions:

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
Universiti Malaya (UM)
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (IIUM)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
Akademi Sains Malaysia
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
The Malaysian Institute of Food Technology
Palm Oil Research Institute Of Malaysia (PORIM)
The Plastics & Rubber Institute Malaysia
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI)
Institute of Medical Research (IMR)
Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)
Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia(SIRIM)
Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS)
Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC)

Institutions with special focus on India:

Universiti Malaya (UM) The University has a Department of Indian Studies Centre with focus on Tamil literature. The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics offers a 3-year Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics (Tamil), while the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a 3 1/2 year BA Social Sciences (Indian Studies)

Important Think Tanks on Foreign Related Issues:

Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) ISIS Malaysia is engaged in a wide range of activities focusing on objective and independent policy research and fostering dialogue and debate between the public sector, the private sector and academia.
Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) Malaysia an independent organization that promotes leadership and strategic thinking through conferences, training programmes,
briefings, publications and international dialogue
Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), IDFR is a training institute for Malaysian Foreign Service.
Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) IKIM deals with strategic national and international issues concerning the understanding of Islam as a complete way of life and the relationship between Islam and the dynamics of contemporary society
Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia established to undertake studies on a wide range of strategic and policy issues directly relevant to national interest and public welfare.
Malaysian Economic Research Corporation (MERC) Malaysian Economic Database and Statistics.
National Economic Action Council (NEAC) Malaysia established in 1998 as a consultative body to the Malaysian Government to deal with the economic crisis

Major newspapers:

Bernama (National News Agency) www.bernama.com
New Straits Times www.nst.com.my
Business Times (incorporated in New Straits Times) www.nst.com.my
The Star www.thestar.com.my
The Sun www.sun2surf.com
The Edge Financial Daily www.bizedge.com
Nanyang Siang Pau (Chinese daily) www.mediatico.com/en/goto.asp?url=10355
Sin Chew Jit Poh (Chinese daily) www.sinchew.com.my
Berita Harian (Malay daily) www.bharian.com.my
Utusan Melayu (Malay daily) www.utusan.com.my
Tamil Nesan (Tamil daily) www.tamilnesan.com.my
Malaysia Nanban (Tamil daily) www.nanban.com.my

TV Channels:

Radio -Television Malaysia (RTM) – RTM 1 &2 www.rtm.net.my
NTV 7 www.ntv7.com.my
TV 3 www.tv3.com.my
ASTRO www.astro.com.my
TV9 www.tv9.com.my
8TV www.8tv.com.my

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