MALAYSIA





CAPITAL : Kuala Lumpur

FLAG : The national flag consists of 14 alternating horizontal stripes, of which 7 are red and 7 white; a gold 14-pointed star and crescent appear on a blue field in the upper left corner.

ANTHEM : Negara Ku (My Country).

MONETARY UNIT : The Malaysian ringgit ( M $), or dollar, is divided into 100 sen, or cents. There are coins of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 sens and 1 ringgit, and notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 100, 500, and 1,000 ringgits. M $1 = US $0.2652 (or US $1 = M $3.77) as of May 2003.

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES : The metric system became the legal standard in 1982, but some British weights and measures and local units also are in use.

HOLIDAYS : National Day, 31 August; Christmas, 25 December. Movable holidays include Vesak Day, Birthday of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, the 1st of Muharram (Muslim New Year), Milad an-Nabi, Dewali, Thaipusam, and the Chinese New Year. Individual states celebrate the birthdays of their rulers and other holidays observed by native ethnic groups.

TIME : 7 PM = noon GMT.


DEPENDENCIES

Malaysia has no territories or colonies.

Read about the Culture of Malaysia. More about Malaysia's Culture.

Read about the Geography of Malaysia.

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