Culture & institutions

The Malaysian society is made of different communities whose interactions are not always peaceful and sometimes breed harsh tensions. The Malay population, mostly muslim, represents 50% of the total and wield political power. The Chinese population, although smaller ( 30% of the total) control the major part of the economy. Both community live on its own and compete with each other.

Besides Malays and Chinese, the population also incorporate Indians (10% of the total ) and Natives (the Orang Asli, litterally the "human being of the ground"), whose population is formed 3 groups: Semangs (Negritos), Proto-Malays and Senois.


Since the 15th century, Islam has been the State religion in Malaysia. Islam co-exists with Buddhism and hinduism.


  • Amok- Stefan Zweig
  • Lord Jim- Joseph Conrad

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