1. Malaysia is a second generation 'Asian Tiger'. It industrialised in the 1980s and 1990s. The first Asian Tiger's (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore) globalised in the 1970s. It is a second generation NIC.
2. Malaysia has been one of the world's largest exporters of natural rubber and tin since the 19th century. From the late 1700s Malaysia was a British Colony. It became a unified state in 1963.
3. In the recent past (last 2 to 3 decades), the Malaysian economy has doubled every 12 years having a economic growth rate of 8% per year.
4. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur on the western coast. Situated at the confluence of the River Klang and River Gombek, it is 35km inland.
5. Its major port located on the Straits of Malacca (Port Klang) is an important international trade link and Malaysia is one of three countries to control this economic waterway.
6. Malaysia's major car manufacturer is Proton Cars.
7. The Kuala Lumpur's major international airport is located at Sepang, KL International Airport (KLIA). The Sepang International Circuit for motor racing
8. Shah Alam is a 'new town' to the south of Kuala Lumpur and is a FTZ (Free Trade Zone) encouraging the growth of industry
9. Half the population are Malay, over 20% are Chinese and 7% of the population are Indian.
10. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur are a symbol of globalisation of the Malaysian economy.
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