Population: 27 million (Urban - 62%)
Malaysia has a multi racial and multicultural
population. Though there are many ethic
groups in Malaysia, most of the population is classified into 3
major ethnic grouping: Malays, Chinese and Indians (a legacy of
British administrative convenience)
People: Malaysians. The Malays make up about 57% of the population
and the largest minority group is the Chinese (25%), followed by
Indians (7%). Other ethnic communities include the Thai,
Burmese, Sikh, Eurasian and others.
Languages: the Malay language or Bahasa Malaysia
is the national language. English is the second language and is taught
in schools (check English to Malay).
Other Languages spoken are Chinese (Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew, Hakka,
Cantonese, Khek, etc), Tamil, Thai and others.