Brief History of Malaysia / Tanah Melayu
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Short brief history of land of Malaysia, also known as Tanah Melayu or Malaya before the name officially change to Malaysia - after Sarawak and Sabah joint with Peninsular Malaysia to form nowadays......

Short brief history of land of Malaysia, also known as Tanah Melayu or Malaya before the name officially change to Malaysia - after Sarawak and Sabah joint with Peninsular Malaysia to form nowadays Malaysia. Cuti-cuti to Malaysia, a land of mixed Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures - perfect Asian country!

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  • 1. Malaysia’s History Cuti-cuti to Malaysia
  • 2. Introduction
    • Malaysia has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. It was a busy seaport for European and Far East traders for many hundreds of years.
  • 3. Malaya (Malacca 1400 - 1511)
    • Malacca was founded in the 13 th century by a Sumatran prince. It became the most influential port city in Southeast Asia during this time.
    • The early Arab traders brought Islam to Malacca. The local chiefs became the “sultans” heading up a highly organized administration structure whose main purpose was to facilitate trade. Success brought prosperity, wealth and power to Malacca.
  • 4. Colonial Malaya ( 1511 - 1957 )
    • In 1511, a Portuguese fleet led by Alfonso de Albuquerque sailed into Malacca harbour and captured the city with canon fire.
    • A century later in 1641, the Dutch captured the city from the Portuguese and controlled the spice trade. In 1819 British administration replaced the Dutch and established a trading post in Singapore. Together with Penang and Malacca these centres became known as the Straits Settlements.
    • The British administration in Malaya lasted 138 years until independence in 1957.
  • 5. Independence in 1957
    • The British granted independence to Malaya in 1957 in Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Square.
    • Tunku Abdul Rahman became the first prime minister of Malaya. It has a secular and democratic government.
  • 6. Present Day
    • Malaysia has undergone tremendous growth and prosperity since 1957.
    • Today, Malaysia has one of the best airports, highways and telecommunication systems in Asia. The literacy rate is above 90% and poverty level is negligible.
    • With a highly educated workforce and modern infrastructure, it attracts large foreign investment in the manufacturing and technology sections.