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10 Amazing Facts About Malaysia You Need To Know

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital

Malaysia is located in the heart of Southeast Asia. The country is a tropical rain forest, it is uniquely positioned to offer the best of the East and the West. The tropical rainforests of Malaysia are the mother of all rainforests.  At 130 million years, they are even older than the tropical rainforests of the Amazon and Congo Basins. Malaysia's iconic orangutans have unusually long arms. The arms are about one and a half times longer than their legs. Here are ten other amazing facts about Malaysia

Amazing Facts About Malaysia

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1. FACEBOOK FRIENDLIEST

A 2010 survey reported that Malaysians had the largest number of friends on Facebook!  The average per person was 233. The Japanese were the pickiest with only 29 friends.

2. NO 4TH FLOORS

Some buildings in Malaysia have no 4th floor.   They are strangely replaced by '3A'.  This is because the sound of four is similar to the sound of death in Chinese.

3. CLASSY TEA

Malaysia has what they call the Boh Tea.  Amazingly the "Boh" stands for 'Best of Highlands.'  That is classy, right?

4. MOST RULING HOUSES

In Malaysia, there are 9 distinct reigning royal families.  This is the highest in the world!  It means a family might not rule at all for a whole century or longer!

5. ELEPHANT CROSSING

In the rest of the world, we know about a road sign called "Zebra Crossing."  In Malaysia, we have something else: Elephant Crossing!  These are along East-West Highway?  Could they be for literal elephants?

6. BIGGEST ROUNDABOUT

Even seen a roundabout that is up to a kilometer in diameter?  That would be big, not so?  Well, guess what!  Malaysia has the biggest!

It is 3.5km in diameter!  And it is located at Putrajaya.

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7. THE HEAVEN/HELL FRUIT

Malaysia has a fruit that people love and people hate.  It is the Durian, the king of fruits.  The Durian draws amazingly passionate reactions. Most people either hate it or just love it.   The popular claim is: "It smells like hell and tastes like heaven".

8. SAVING FACE

Saving face in the Malaysian traditional culture is considered as a topmost concept.  In fact, face is considered to be a commodity that can be given, lost, taken away, or earned.

This is so much that doing any of several things in public is avoided so as not to lose face.  Some include:

  • Openly criticizing
  • Openly insulting
  • Putting someone on the spot
  • Challenging authority
  • Refusing a request
  • Etc

9. SOCIAL INTRODUCTIONS

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In Malaysia, order of social introduction is usually in the descending order.  That means the higher on the ladder is introduced to the one lower on it.  It goes thus:

  • Highest ranking to lowest ranking
  • Older to the younger
  • Men to women

From this, it would appear that women are traditionally considered higher in status than men!

10. NIL SURNAMES

On the number ten amazing facts about Malaysia is that many Malaysian have no surnames.  To cover for this, most men add their father's first name to their own, usually inserting "bin" in between.  In the case of women, they insert "binti" in between their name and their father's first name.

"Bin" means "son of".  And "binti" is "daughter of". So, Salif Bin Kaita would mean Salif son of Keita.  And Benazir Bin Buttho would be Benazir daughter of Buttho.

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