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MALAYSIA Country Booklet
Geography and History Malaysia is located between 2ยบ and 7ยบ north of the Equator, at the heart of South East Asia. It is surrounded by neighbours of ASEAN countries Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei. The Federation of Malaysia comprises of 13 states and 3 federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into Peninsular Malaysia in the West, and states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Malaysia originates from the Malay Kingdoms active in the region. It was then conquered by Portugal, Dutch and British subsequently from 1510s to 1950s. Influx of foreign immigrants and business men especially from China and India gives the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural demographic, hence diversity the country owns today.
Fast Facts Population Approximated at 29,620,200 as of April 2013. Malaysians comprise the Malays who are the majority (62.3%) followed by the Chinese (22%), Indians (6.7%) and aborigines such as Iban, Kadazan and other minorities like the Peranakan and Eurasian (0.9%). Non citizens at 8.1%.
Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language) is the official language. English is widely spoken with other vernacular languages such as Mandarin, Tamil, and dialects in respective states and aborigine communities.
Islam is the official religion but all other religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism are freely and widely practiced. It is common to see mosques, temples, churches nearby each other in the city. Malaysia has a tropical climate and the weather is warm and sunny all year round. Average daily temperature is around 32ยบC during the day. It falls to around 24ยบC at night.
The unit of currency is Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 1 U.S. dollar = RM 3.21
Main Cities- Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (called simply KL by locals) is the federal capital and the largest city in Malaysia. Literally meaning "muddy river confluence" in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese village to a bustling metropolis of around 6.5 million. KL is home to some of the world's cheapest 5-star hotels, great shopping, even better food and some of nature's wonders in just an hour away. Petronas Twin Towers Highest twin towers in the world. A sky bridge connects them and you can walk across! Watch traditional Malay performances here
Old Town/City Centre (former colonial district, now KLâ€™s Chinatown)
Sky Bar KL
“Visit Malaysia Year 2014” is the nation's biggest and grandest tourism celebration with “Malaysia Truly Asia's” endless wonders of events, festivals and activities allyear round. This is the perfect time to see, feel and experience Malaysia! Click the picture to be directed to the website!
Visa Requirements A Tourist Visa will be required to all EPâ€™s completing a 6 week project. Please confirm the Visa you require with your TN Manager (contact you have in Malaysia) before you apply for any Visa.
“Language Literacy” Exchange Participants (EP’s) will work with NGO’s to help young children by delivering educational lessons and facilitating soft skill development among Malaysia’s youth. Benefits: Personal Workspace Accommodation Provided Close contact with the Host Local Committee Chance to work with an NGO! Impact Malaysian youth! Duration: 6 weeks Issue: Literacy
Find out from an EP, about exchange in Malaysia HERE! Learning Points: Develop practical facilitation skills Develop responsibility by preparing lesson plans Explore Malaysian culture! Meet people from all over the world Change your global perspective
“Language Literacy”- Job Description Job Description 1
EP will work with NGO’s in order to improve the lives of Malaysia’s youth. EP’s may be working in community centers or orphanages and may be working with youth with special needs
Job Description 2
EP will be required to prepare educational lessons for the children including a lesson plan, presentation, activities, arts and crafts. EP’s will mainly be teaching English, however there will be opportunity for EP’s to also teach basic math
Job Description 3
EP should prepare interactive classes, presentations, some games and sport activities to allow the children to interact with each other as-well
Job Description 4
EP should use the above activities to improve the soft skills of the children e.g. public speaking EP should be prepared to bring traditional clothes, food, brochures etc. as well as a presentation about their home country to deliver to the Malaysian youth
Job Description 5
Measurable Results Expected from the EP
It is expected that after the project, youth will be more comfortable with the English language. There will be more harmony amongst the youth as they have interacted with each other through a number of activities. Students will be more inspired about their future as-well
“TechCycle Tech4ALL” EP’s will run marketing and awareness campaign for computer (e-waste) recycling. EP’s will contact community centers/NGOs to help computer donation & software installation program, while offering IT skills training to NGOs beneficiaries. Benefits: Personal Workspace Accommodation Provided Close contact with the Host Local Committee Chance to work with an NGO!
Duration: 6 weeks Learning Points: Issue: Social Entrepreneurship & Environment Develop creativity skills through implementing marketing campaigns Develop I.T. skills Improve training skills Explore Malaysian culture! Meet people from all over the world Change your global perspective
“TechCycle Tech4ALL”- Job Description Job Description 1 Job Description 2
EP will attend training with project partner SOLS Computers The aim of the project is to raise awareness about recycling electronic waste, to collect old computers to be recycled, refurbish the computers and distribute them to NGO’s that need them
Job Description 3
EP will organise outreach campaigns in shopping malls/ PC Fair road-shows to create awareness about electronic waste recycling and to start building a network of potential old computer donors
Job Description 4
Conduct tele-communication/marketing and networking activities to attract corporate companies to donate old computers Offer I.T. skills training to NGO beneficiaries It is expected that after the project, there will be a greater awareness of electronic waste management in the Malaysian community. Additionally, NGO’s will have more computers and better I.T. skills
Job Description 5 Measurable Results Expected from the EP
“Choose2Protect” Reproductive and sexual health is a taboo subject in the Malaysian community. Surveys show that youth are involved in unprotected sexual activities at younger ages nowadays, putting their health at risks. Exchange Participants (EP’s) will create a platform where youth aged 15-25 will be equipped with reproductive and personal health education, hence empowering them to make informed decisions on their actions. Benefits: Personal Workspace Accommodation Provided Close contact with the Host Local Committee Chance to work with an NGO! Duration: 6 weeks Issue: Health Awareness Find out everything you need to know about the Choose2Protect Project HERE!
Learning Points: Develop event management skills Run marketing/awareness campaigns Work with a project team made up of EP’s from other countries! Explore Malaysian culture! Progress in reducing the stigma attached to STI’s
“Choose2Protect”- Job Description Job Description 1 Job Description 2
Job Description 3 Job Description 4
Measurable Results Expected from the EP
EP will attend training with FRHAM (Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia) EP will promote and organize a forum with the project partner for 200 University/high-school participants. In the forum, EP’s will deliver educational workshops to promote STI awareness and ensure youth have the right knowledge and education to make informed decisions EP will organise campaigns to create awareness about the above educational forum EP will prepare a weekly update report to the project team and project partners. EP will share their own learning experiences to project team and LC members. It is expected that after the project, there will be a greater awareness of STI’s and youth will have greater knowledge about how to make informed decisions
Learn more about the Choose2Protect Project, WATCH THIS!
EP Story- Monica
Monica Luo, AIESEC Sydney Youth Education, AIESEC Malaysia â€œThere was a lot of time after work or in between schedules where we played with the children and they really enjoyed our company. They taught us a lot about their own culture and their thoughts, and saw us as their own brothers and sisters. Living with them for 6 weeks and getting used to their way of life and their way of thinking was very eyeopening experience. I learnt so many things from every single person I met on exchange, and now I have lasting friendships on an international level. Exchange has opened my mind from the sheltered bubble I was used to living in. I can really see that there are so many opportunities out in the worldâ€?
EP Story- Danny
Danny Wong, AIESEC Curtin Healthcare Project, AIESEC Malaysia “Participating in World AIDS day at Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. There were a couple of performances and exhibitions with many activities to win prizes. Our group was assigned to the Free Hugs activity from morning to late afternoon. We made a huge impact on Malaysia’s stigma and discrimination towards HIV/AIDS patients. Even though there is a huge discrimination towards HIV, we are making baby steps to remove the stigma in today’s society and environment.”
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