Updated at 2022-04-25
The Malaysian people are fond of orchids. The Kuala Lumpur Orchid Garden occupies one hectare and is home to over 800 orchid varieties. One year after Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, it selected seven candidates to become its national flower, including bunga raya, jasmine, and orchid. Although the bunga raya was eventually chosen as the winner and the orchid became the national flower of neighbor Singapore, the Malaysian people’s fondness for the orchid did not diminish.
Flag: the flag of Malaysia is known as “Jalur Gemilang” (“Stripes of Glory”), and symbolizes Malaysia’s national sovereignty. The flag has a field of 14 alternating red and white stripes. The canton has a blue background with a yellow crescent and 14-point star.
National day: Aug. 31
Language: Malaysian is the national language, and English and Chinese are widely used.
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Area: 330,257 square kilometers
Population: about 32.7 million (2020)
Currency: ringgit (RM)
Government: the Federation of Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and a federation with a cabinet responsibility system.