Population Malaysia

Malaysia has a population of just under 25 million, of which 85% live in West Malaysia. The remaining 15% live in Sabah and Sarawak. Due to its central location between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Malaysia has always been a meeting point for tradesmen from both East and West. As a result of this, Malaysia has a very multi-cultural and multi-racial population. The Malay is the majority group and the original inhabitants of the country. They have political control of the country. The other major ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Chinese and the Indians. The Indian Malaysians were mostly brought over by the British colonists to carry out the physical labour, and they maintained their native customs, traditions and religious beliefs. Besides these main groups, Malaysia is also home to diverse tribes such as the Orang Asli in West Malaysia and the Dayaks, who live on the island of Borneo. The Orang Asli are the native population of the Malaysian peninsula and had built up their nomadic lifestyle there long before the Malays Orang Asli settlements remain in the forests and in the rural areas. They number around 80,000 and are divided into several sub-groups, such as the Negritos, the Senoi and the Proto Malays. Singapore has a population of around 4.5 million, of which 77% are Chinese, 14% are Malay and 7% Indian.