outstanding characteristic of Malaysia's population today is its
highly variegated ethnic mix. This makes it one of the prime examples
of a multi-racial society. The multi-ethnic character of Malaysia's
population has come into being over the course of the last 150 years.
Broadly speaking, Malaysia's ethnic groups fall into two main categories:
Those with cultural affinities indigenous to the region and to one
another; classified as bumiputera and,
Those whose cultural affinities lie outside.
is a multi-cultural nation of friendly, warm- hearted people. It
has a population of 20.1 million people. Peninsular Malaysia has
16.2 million people while Sabah and Sarawak have 3.9 million people.
It was shown in the 1995 statistic that Sabah has 2 million population,
the fourth highest populated state in terms of number among the
13 states and territory of federation (source: Dept. of Statistic,