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A In Depth Look At Malaysia

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Malaysia is a nation located at Southeaster Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and bordering with Indonesia, the south of China Sea and south of Vietnam. Malaysia has a lot of rain forest due to its geography. Its average temperature throughout the year is approximate 80.5 degree Fahrenheit. During the late 18th and beginning of 19th centuries, British established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia. In 1957, Malaysia became independent. Malaysia is a nation filled with different diversity that consists of influences from India, British, China etc. This has resulted in a country filled with different ethnic group such as Malay, Indian, Chinese people. Malay, Indian and Chinese are the main races in Malaysia. People who live in Malaysia eat different variety of food. Spicy food is very popular in Malaysia.
Since 40, 50,000 years ago, certain modern local people called “Negritos” by Europeans were isolated on the land of current Malaysia for a very long time. Between 20,000 and 5,000 years ago, immigration from southern China and Cambodia bring their invention they had with them to Malaysia, such as tools for farming and skills for producing valuable stuff. After immigration wave coming from southern China and Cambodia, traders from India discover Malaysia and begin to trade with the local people such as spice. Besides that, trader from India also shares their own culture with the local people, Negritos. A few years after, people from China also begin to trade with the Negritos. This causes people who live in Malaysia these day practice Hinduism and Buddhism. The traders from China and India share their religion aspect with the Negritos and able to pass on till now. Not only the aspect of religion but also the language and alphabet were also passing on the people who live in Malaysia. Malaysia is a multi-ethic, multi-cultural country consists of three major races: The Malays, The Chinese and The Indians. The Malays speak Malay, The Chinese people speak Chinese and The Indians speak Hindi.
Malaysia was formed by different size of local kingdoms. They were not united at all. According to sources, by 671 BC, much of the area was incorporated into the Sriyijaya Empire which was based on what is now Indonesian Sumatra (Malaysia Fact and History). Srivijaya Empire controlled two main trading posts on the Indian Ocean trade routes. The two trading posts were the Malacca and the Sunda Straits. Traders who need to get their own goods to between China and India, ships must go through these two trading posts. However, Srivijaya Empire fell to Singhasari invaders in 1288. However Malacca was seized by the Portuguese in 1511, local ruler was force to move south and established a new capital at Johor Lama. In 1641, DEIC (the Dutch East India Company) form alliance with the local ruler that established capital at Johor Lama, in order to drive the Portuguese out of Malacca. In 1824, the Anglo Dutch Treaty gave the British East India...

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