Saturday, October 14, 2006

The importance of my country to the world - Malaysia

Actually I do not have much ideas about it. After asking some of my blog readers to help, I used Wiki to double check the facts. Here's my summary:

1. Malaysia is one of the large pepper producers in the world. According to FAO, we rank in the 6th place. The state of Sarawak is popular for its production of pepper in Malaysia. You can even get pepper sweets and pepper perfume.

2. The Strait of Malacca, lying between Sumatra and West Malaysia, is arguably the most important shipping lane in the world.

3. Malaysia is the world's primary exporter of natural rubber and palm oil, which together with saw logs and sawn timber, cocoa, pepper, pineapple and tobacco dominate the growth of the sector. Palm oil is also a major foreign exchange earner.

4. Tin and petroleum are the two main mineral resources that are of major significance in the Malaysian economy. Malaysia was once the world's largest producer of tin until the collapse of the tin market in the early 1980s.

5. Malaysia is also the home of the first low-cost carrier in the region, Air Asia. It retains Kuala Lumpur as its hub and maintains flights around Southeast Asia and now China as well.

6. Malaysia is also the fresh water supplier of Singapore.

7. Five international reputable universities have set up their branch campuses in Malaysia since 1998. Namely, Monash University (Sunway Campus), Curtin University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus) and FTMS-De Monfort University Campus of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

8. Malaysia was a leading advocate of expanding ASEAN’s membership to include Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar, arguing that “constructive engagement” with these countries, especially Burma, will help bring political and economic changes. Malaysia is also a member of G-15 and G-77 economic groupings.

9. Despite Mahathir’s(ex-prime minister) frequently anti-Western rhetoric, he worked closely with Western countries, and led a crackdown against Islamic fundamentalists after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

UPDATED:***My reader, Jay from the US actually contributed this and also some of the above. What a shame? I'm a Malaysian and I didn't know about it until an American had to remind me about my country's contributions *BLUSH* Thank you, Jay.

10. Many componets for computers are made in Malaysia.
  • AMD has a factory here where they actually make CPU's .
  • Dell assembles pc's and laptops in Penang for sale around the world.
  • Intel also has a large engineering department in Penang. Here is what the Intel site says about Malaysia,"Over the past 30 years Intel Malaysia has grown into the largest, most mature manufacturing facility outside of the United States. Intel Malaysia now comprises three campuses and employs more than 8,500 people. Intel Penang is a key assembly and testing site, Intel Kulim assembles processor packaging and is an important operations center for mobile modules, and Intel Kuala Lumpur includes a multimedia super-corridor development center as well as a sales and marketing office."

Ok... I guess that's all. Enjoy your weekends!

~Posted by Sweet Surrender~


Blogger Tomas said...

Thank you for the link to the Wiki.
Let me share with you my last story.

At a beach, sea kisses fine sand and the bare feet seal a story. The outcome (our footprints) looks grand. Thus nature creates the metaphors that are incredible rich with insights into the mystery of our inner world that shapes everything we see and have.
There is just one problem. The waves cover a sea of faces and just one question remains floating. What was your choice, Tomas?
We can either enjoy the art of prints we left, or move further by leaving the beauty of our marks on sand to other. The painter can either paint or involve himself in a collecting what others say about his work. Such way we become either the stars or just the people in awe towards the magical heaven.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

Hello Tomas, thanks for reading though I don't understand what are you trying to convey -_-"

4:02 AM  

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