Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Urban Malaysians

Malaysians today are a highly sophisticated population with a wide cultural mix.

Malaysia's population is estimated to be around 28 million with roughly 65% being Malay and Bumiputras. Chinese make up 26% of the population and Indians 7%.

By constitutional definition, Malays are Muslims who practice Malay customs and culture.
Islam is the official religion of Malaysia and is practiced by approximately 60% of the population. The Malaysian constitution guarantees religious freedom and 19% of the population consider themselves Buddhists, 9% Christians, 6% Hindus, and 2.6% other Chinese religions (Confucianism, Taoism).

The cultural diversity is most evident in the urban areas where roughly 70% of the population resides, and especially here in Kuala Lumpur.

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