PEOPLE OF MALAYSIA

peopleofmalaysiaThe country is an Asian melting pot, a little more than half the population are Malays, about a quarter are Chinese, ten percent are Indians and the remaining are a mix of indigenous peoples.

The national language is Bahasa Melayu, but given the population mix, Cantonese and Tamil are also commonly spoken. English is a prevailing second language in this country. It is taught in schools and is the language for business.

The official religion is Islam, practiced by the Malayan segment and Indian Muslims. Other religions are Buddhism and Hinduism, widespread in the Chinese and Indian population segments, respectively.