Definition of Malaysia in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in Southeast Asia; population 30,300,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Kuala Lumpur; languages, Malay (official), English, Tamil, Chinese dialects.

    Malaysia is a federation that consists of East Malaysia (the northern part of Borneo, including Sabah and Sarawak) and West Malaysia (the southern part of the Malay Peninsula, formerly Malaya). The two parts of Malaysia are separated from each other by 400 miles (650 km) of the South China Sea. Malaysia was federated as an independent Commonwealth of Nations state in 1963; Singapore, briefly a part of the federation, withdrew in 1965