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Port of Tanjung Pelepas is Malaysia's second busiest port, and the 19th busiest port in the world in , handling over 7. According to the Malaysian Department of Statistics , the country's population was 28,, in , [7] making it the 42nd most populated country. According to a estimate, the population is increasing by 1. People within the 15—64 age group constitute In , when the first official census was recorded in Malaysia, the population was 8. They play a dominant role politically.

Non-Malay bumiputera make up more than half of Sarawak's population and over two thirds of Sabah's population. Other minorities lack bumiputera status.

Immigrants from India, the majority of them Tamils , began arriving in Malaysia early in the 19th century. Dual citizenship is not permitted. Every citizen is issued a biometric smart chip identity card known as MyKad at the age of 12, and must carry the card at all times. The education system features a non-compulsory kindergarten education followed by six years of compulsory primary education, and five years of optional secondary education.

In the final year of secondary education, students sit for the Malaysian Certificate of Education examination. However, in the matriculation system, only 10 per cent of places are open to non- bumiputera students. The infant mortality rate in was 6 deaths per births, and life expectancy at birth in was 75 years.

This is a decline compared to , the previous year. There was also a decline in crude birth rate from Male babies account for The highest crude birth rate was reported at Putrajaya The Julau district has the highest crude birth rate nationwide at The total fertility rate in Malaysia remains below the replacement level at 1. This is a decline of 0. The highest crude death rate was reported in Perlis at 7.

Kuala Penyu was the district with the highest crude death rate while Kinabatangan recorded the lowest crude death rate in the country. Of this population, approximately 79, are from Burma, 72, from the Philippines, and 17, from Indonesia.

Malaysian officials are reported to have turned deportees directly over to human smugglers in , and Malaysia employs RELA , a volunteer militia with a history of controversies, to enforce its immigration law. The constitution grants freedom of religion and makes Malaysia an officially secular state, while establishing Islam as the "religion of the Federation".

The Malaysian constitution strictly defines what makes a "Malay", considering Malays those who are Muslim, speak Malay regularly, practise Malay customs, and lived in or have ancestors from Brunei , Malaysia and Singapore. The majority of the Indian population follow Hinduism Christianity is the predominant religion of the non-Malay bumiputera community Muslims are obliged to follow the decisions of Syariah courts in matters concerning their religion. The Islamic judges are expected to follow the Shafi'i legal school of Islam, which is the main madh'hab of Malaysia.

No other criminal or civil offences are under the jurisdiction of the Shariah courts, which have a similar hierarchy to the Civil Courts. Despite being the supreme courts of the land, the Civil Courts do not hear matters related to Islamic practices. The official and national language of Malaysia is Malaysian , [] a standardised form of the Malay language.

English remains an active second language , with its use allowed for some official purposes under the National Language Act of Malaysian English is widely used in business, along with Manglish , which is a colloquial form of English with heavy Malay , Chinese, and Tamil influences.

The government discourages the use of non-standard Malay but has no power to issue compounds or fines to those who use improper Malay on their advertisements. Many other languages are used in Malaysia, which contains speakers of living languages. Iban is the main tribal language in Sarawak while Dusunic and Kadazan languages are spoken by the natives in Sabah.

Tamil is used predominantly by Tamils, who form a majority of Malaysian Indians. Other South Asian languages are also widely spoken in Malaysia, as well as Thai. Malaysia has a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. The original culture of the area stemmed from indigenous tribes that inhabited it, along with the Malays who later moved there.

Substantial influence exists from Chinese and Indian culture, dating back to when foreign trade began. Other cultural influences include the Persian , Arabic , and British cultures.

Due to the structure of the government, coupled with the social contract theory, there has been minimal cultural assimilation of ethnic minorities. In , the government created a "National Cultural Policy", defining Malaysian culture. It stated that Malaysian culture must be based on the culture of the indigenous peoples of Malaysia, that it may incorporate suitable elements from other cultures, and that Islam must play a part in it.

Both Chinese and Indian associations have submitted memorandums to the government, accusing it of formulating an undemocratic culture policy. Some cultural disputes exist between Malaysia and neighbouring countries, notably Indonesia. The two countries have a similar cultural heritage, sharing many traditions and items. However, disputes have arisen over things ranging from culinary dishes to Malaysia's national anthem.

Strong feelings exist in Indonesia about protecting their national heritage. Traditional Malaysian art was mainly centred on the areas of carving, weaving, and silversmithing. Common artworks included ornamental kris , beetle nut sets, and woven batik and songket fabrics. Indigenous East Malaysians are known for their wooden masks. However, Malay art does show some North Indian influence due to the historical influence of India.

Traditional Malay music and performing arts appear to have originated in the Kelantan - Pattani region with influences from India , China, Thailand and Indonesia.

The music is based around percussion instruments, [] the most important of which is the gendang drum. There are at least 14 types of traditional drums. Malaysia has a strong oral tradition that has existed since before the arrival of writing, and continues today.

Each of the Malay Sultanates created their own literary tradition, influenced by pre-existing oral stories and by the stories that came with Islam. The earliest known Malay writing is on the Terengganu stone , made in Literature written in Malay was called "the national literature of Malaysia", literature in other bumiputera languages was called "regional literature", while literature in other languages was called "sectional literature".

The Hikayat form is popular, and the pantun has spread from Malay to other languages. Malaysia's cuisine reflects the multi-ethnic makeup of its population. Much of the influence comes from the Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese, and Sumatran cultures, [] largely due to the country being part of the ancient spice route. Sometimes food not found in its original culture is assimilated into another; for example, Chinese restaurants in Malaysia often serve Malay dishes.

Chili is commonly found in local cuisine, although this does not necessarily make them spicy. Malaysia's main newspapers are owned by the government and political parties in the ruling coalition, [] [] although some major opposition parties also have their own, which are openly sold alongside regular newspapers.

A divide exists between the media in the two halves of the country. Peninsular-based media gives low priority to news from the East, and often treats the eastern states as colonies of the Peninsula. Freedom of the press is limited, with numerous restrictions on publishing rights and information dissemination.

Malaysians observe a number of holidays and festivities throughout the year. Some are federally gazetted public holidays and some are observed by individual states. Other festivals are observed by particular ethnic or religion groups, and the main holiday of each major group has been declared a public holiday. The most observed national holiday is Hari Merdeka Independence Day on 31 August, commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya in Hindus in Malaysia celebrate Deepavali , the festival of lights, [] while Thaipusam is a religious rite which sees pilgrims from all over the country converge at the Batu Caves.

In addition to this, the Dayak community in Sarawak celebrate a harvest festival known as Gawai , [] and the Kadazandusun community celebrate Kaamatan. In a custom known as "open house" Malaysians participate in the celebrations of others, often visiting the houses of those who identify with the festival. Popular sports in Malaysia include association football , badminton , field hockey , bowls , tennis , squash , martial arts , horse riding , sailing , and skate boarding.

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