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Malaysia – Introduction

Greetings to any visitors to Malaysia – Introduction page, as it will offer an amazing diversity of local faces and global races information on  Malaysian Universities.

To experience Malaysia is to share in an ancient and modern mix of the cultures in all of Asia and beyond.

Today, greeting any visitors to Malaysia is an exciting yet peaceful blend of many races and religion.  

Even the Malaysian Universities has thousand of international students studying multiple prgrammmes in Malaysia.

Be it in the customs or cuisine, fashions or festivals, houses or handicrafts there is a mind boggling variety of cultures, beliefs and languages existing side by side in remarkable harmony.

Come and experience this fascinating milieu.  Be immersed in the rich, living heritage ad this colorful spectrum of Malaysian culture, cuisine and crafts.

Welcome to Malaysia

KLCC Twin Tower

KLCC Twin Tower

Enjoy our heritage and bring a piece of it home with you.

In Malaysia, all of Asia main ethic groups and all the world’s major religion are represented.

An interesting sight in major towns is the proximity of mosques, temples and churches to each other.

Mingle with the country over 29 million people, consisting of the majority Malays and other indigenous groups including the Orang Asli, Dayaks, Kadazan Dusun, Melanau, Murut and many more.  Joining them are the Chinese and the Indians, groups of mixed descent such as Baba-Nyonyas and Eurasians of Portuguese and other Europeans ancestry as well as more recent immigrants from other Asian countries.

Malays form more than half of the country population, profess Islam as their religion and speak Bahasa Melayu from which comes the national language.

The Chinese are the second largest ethic group in Malaysia, accounting for just over a quarter of the population.  Comprising several dialect groups from Hokkien, Hakka, Cantonese, Teochew and others are mostly descendants of 19th century immigrants and are renowned for their industriousness and business acumen.

Indians originally came from 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 subgroups are Tamil speakers, followed by a sizeable Punjabi community as well as groups speaking Malayalam and Hindi.

Malaysia is 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 peninsular, the many tribes of Orang Asli form the largest group numbering more than 100,000.

The states 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 many rivers.

The largest groups 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 mix races who hail mainly from Malacca and Penang, the historical places of cultural intermixing.  They include Baba-Nyonyas who are of Chinese Malay ancestry and Eurasians who are direct descendants of Portugese colonists in 16th century Malacca.

Malaysia-Melaka

Malaysia-Melaka

Celebrations and Festivals

Celebrate life in multi-racial, multi-religious Malaysia where there is an astonishing array of cultural observances.  More than just rituals and traditions, they are a way of life mutually respected by all.

 Indeed Malaysia celebrates numerous festivals of different origins.  Most are public holidays, either nation wide or specific to some states. Although they are either religious or cultural festivals, like everything else in Malaysia plural society the festivities are influenced by the diversity of the people.  This is best reflected in the practice of Open House or Rumah Terbuka where celebrants invite friends of different races to their homes to join in the festivities.

Msia World Heritages-1

Msia World Heritages-1

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Msia World Heritages-2

 

Information on Malaysia

Hari Raya Puasa

Muslims celebrate Hari Raya to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan.  In Malaysia, special morning prayers are held in all mosques and families visit graves of departed loved ones to recite prayers.  This is also the time for family reunions where the younger generations will seek forgiveness from their elders for any wrongs committed.

Hari Raya Haji

This marks the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.  In Malaysia, it is more commonly known as Hari Raya Haji or Hari Raya Korban.  The highlight of the festival is the sacrifice of cattle, goats or rams following which the meat is distributed to the poor.

Prophet Muhammad Birthday

The Prophet was born on the third month of the Muslim calendar in 570 AD.  In Malaysia, his birthday is commemorated with gatherings for religious lectures and recitals of verses from the Holy Quran.

Chinese New Year

This festival marks the start of the New Year according to the Chinese lunar calendar and it is a time for joyous family reunions and feasting.  Gifts of ang pow (red money packets), fire-crackers and lion dances are some of the Chinese New Year highlights.

Moon cake and Lantern Festival

Also known the Mid-Autumn Festival, this event is celebrated on the 15th day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar.  It marks a successful rebellion against the Mongol rulers of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th century China, where secret messages were hidden inside some moon cakes while lanterns were used as signals.  Today, round moon cakes with various fillings are presented as gifts while lantern processions are held.

Christmas

Many Chinese, Indians and indigenous communities of Sabah and Sarawak are Christians.  On 25th December, special services are held in churches all over Malaysia while carolers mark the yuletide spirit in homes and shopping centres.

Deepavali

Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Hindu celebrations of Deepavali is observed in the seventh month of the Tamil lunar calendar.  It marks Lord Krishna legendary victory of light over darkness, the triumph of good over evil.  Hindus celebrate by adorning their homes with oil lamps, taking a ritual morning bath and offering ceremonial prayers in temples, amidst the chimes of bells.

With such traditions, it is of no wonder that a lot of international students are interested to study in Malaysia.