Malaysia - The Area

Located at latitudes of between one and seven degrees north of the equator and longitudes 100 and 119 degrees east, Malaysia covers 329, 758 square kilometres, with the Peninsula taking up 40 percent and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak taking 23 and 37 percent respectively. With intensive development during the last decade nearly 23.3 million people populate this land, with an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent.

The country comprises the Peninsular and the north Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak. Situated at one of the world’s busiest East-West crossroads, the country has long been an important meeting point for world traders and conquerors.

The Peninsular spreads over an area of 131, 598 square kilometres – approximately the size of England. At its widest point between Dinding in Perak and Tanjung Penunjok in Terengganu on the east coast it measures 322 kilometres.

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