Malaysia is located across two pieces of land in Southeast Asia. It is one of the world's richest and most industrialized countries. Many people speak English, especially in Kuala Lumpur and other big cities.
The total land area is 127,547 square miles, over 82% of California's total area.
Malaysia is known for abundant sunshine, stunning beaches, rocky mountains, two annual monsoon seasons, and the world's tallest twin towers. Malaysians are proud of their rich, multicultural traditions from China, South Asia, the Middle East, the West, and archipelagic Southeast Asia. It is a country of space-age cityscapes, South Indian temples, and million-year-old rainforests.
Penang, also called Georgetown, is considered Malaysia's food capital. However, residents have strong opinions about where to find the best local and multicultural dishes.
Government policies encouraging foreign investment, market competition, and the privatization of publicly held firms helped create a dynamic financial industry. Malaysia has transitioned from a predominantly agricultural source of raw materials to a rising multi-sector economy since the 1970s. Exports of goods, mainly electronics, oil and gas, palm oil, and rubber, dominate the economy.
The World Bank classifies Malaysia as an upper-middle-income economy with the following trade agreements and alliances: