Malaysia My Destination : Info about Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 

ARTS & CULTURE

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| Traditional Attire | Traditional Music & Dance |

 
 

ETHNIC & CUSTOM

In Malaysia, all of Asia's main ethnics groups and all the world's major religious are represented.

 

In Malaysia, visitors will be surprised to find all of Asia's main ethnic groups living together in harmony. Indeed, all the world's major religions are also represented here. An interesting sight in major towns is the proximity of mosques, temples and churches to each other. This social phenomenon has enriched the shared character, cultural mosaic and vision of the nation.   Mingle wit the country's over 25 million people, consisting of the majority Malays and other indigenous groups including the Orang Asli, Dayaks, Kadazan Dusun, Melanau, Murut and more. Joining them are the Chinese, Indians, group of mixed descent such as Baba-Nyonyas and Eurasians of Portuguese and other European ancestry as well as more recent immigrants from Asian Countries.

 
 

Malay

From more than half of the population, profess Islam as their religion and speak Bahasa Melayu, from which comes the national language. Formerly an agrarian society, Malays are known for their gentle mannerisms and cultural refinement.

 
 

Chinese

The second largest ethnic group in Malaysia, accounting for just over a quarter of the population. Comprising severaldialect groups from mostly southern China (Hokkien, Hakka, Cantonese, Teochew, Hockchew and others), most are descendants of 19th century immigrants and are renowned for their industriousness and business acumen.

 
 
 
Indian

Originally came from the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century to work in plantations, estates and railroads. Today, they make up slightly less than a tenth of the population. The largest subgroup are Tamil speakers, followed by a sizeable Punjabi community, as well as groups speaking Malayalam and Hindi / Urdu.

 

Malaysia is a home to a remarkable number of indigenous groups. Some still lead semi-nomadic lives, but many have settled in villages and live increasingly modern lives. On the peninsula, the many tribes of Orang Asli (Aboriginal People) form the largest group, numbering just over 100,000. The state of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo are mainly made up of their native communities. The major groups in Sarawak are the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu, sometimes collectively called Dayaks. There are also the Melanau and Penan. They traditionally live in long houses along the state's many rivers.

 

The largest group in Sabah are the Kadazan Dusun, Bajau and Murut, while smaller communities include the Bisayah, Iranun, Suluk and Bonggi. Traditionally, they live in the many water villages found along the coastal areas.   Finally, there are the mixed races, who hail mainly from Malacca and Penang, the historic places of cultural intermixing. They include Baba-Nyonyas also known as 'Peranakan' or 'Straits Chinese', who are of Chinese-Malay ancestry, and Eurasians who are direct descendants of Portuguese colonist in 16th century of Malacca.

 
 
 

| Overview | Architectural Heritage | Ethnic & Customs | Games & Pastimes | Handicrafts |

| Traditional Attire | Traditional Music & Dance |

ARTS & CULTURE