Interesting Facts about Malaysia You Probably Never Knew About

We’re in the month of celebrating our country’s independence. We’ve been growing up in Boleh-land all our lives, but what don’t we know yet about our multi-cultural nation?


Here are five interesting facts all true blue Malaysians need to know:

1. The Jalur Gemilang was designed by an architect


You’d think they hired a graphic designer to design an emblem that would prominently represent the country. In an effort to replace Malayan Union, a contest was organised to design a new flag. Out of hundreds of entries, three were selected for public voting and then 29-year-old architect, Mohamad Hamzah’s design was chosen.

The Jalur Gemilang was raised for the first time in front of Istana Selangor on 26 May 1950.

2. Negaraku was originally the state anthem for Perak

At the time of independence, the country did not have a national anthem. So, Tunku Abdul Rahman – at the time the Minister for Home Affairs – organised a worldwide competition to find a suitable national anthem.

They received over 500 entries from all around the world, but none were deemed suitable. Eventually, Tunku decided to use the melody of the Perak State Anthem melody due to its traditional flavour, and together with a Panel of Judges, Tunku wrote the lyrics for the song we always sing during our weekly school perhimpunan as Negaraku.

3. Malaysia’s total highway length is longer than the Earth’s circumference

We kid you not. The Earth’s circumference is 40,075km while Malaysia has a total of 65,877km (and counting) of highway!

No wonder la, gotta pay so much of toll. If only we had a Season Pass to save money paying the tolls. (See what we did there :p )

4. Malaysians have the highest number of Facebook friends

Looks like Malaysians are the friendliest folks around (at least on Facebook)! In a survey conducted in 2010, Malaysians have an average of 233 friends – the most in the world! Imagine the average number of Facebook friend every Malaysian’s Facebook now that it’s 2017!

But seriously, we’re friendly in the real life too, (except when we’re on the road – but that’s a story for another day 😉 ).

5. Nasi Lemak was deemed healthy at one point

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And that one point was in 2016, when TIME magazine mentioned nasi lemak as one of the top 10 healthy international breakfast foods. Unbelievable, huh? With talks of the dish being rich with fat, we’re led to believe our national dish is one of the unhealthiest if eaten too often.

But who cares la? You can’t talk about Malaysians without talking about our amazing food. So, makan je.

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