"Peranakan or Baba Nyonya is a term used to describe the descendants of 15th or 16th century Chinese immigrants to Nusantara during the colonial era. With the current population about 7 million, they are mainly dispersed in the region of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Record stated that the Chinese immigrants back then married the local Malays women and as a result this community is more or less adopting or assimilating into the local cultures especially in their dressing, cooking and language."
Bordered by Thailand on north and connected to Singapore on south by Johore Causeway and a second link bridge, West Malaysia is a peninsular extending from the large Asia continent. East Malaysia constitutes of Sabah which is on the north east of Borneo and Sarawak, being the largest state in Malaysia occupies north-west of Borneo.
Malaysia is home to 28 million people, on a land area similar size to Norway, Vietnam or U.S. State of New Mexico. Described by many as a unique country, Malaysia is a multi-ethnic comprised mainly Malays, Chinese and Indian which means Malaysians are multi-cultural and multilingual society. Being in Malaysia offers seeing more than a country but a rich heritage and culture of many.
Of coastal plains and densely forested forested hills/mountains, the local climate is equatorial which enjoy bright sunshine mostly throughout the year with some interruption during monsoon or rainy season. Tropical islands, sandy beaches, national parks and highlands (e.g. Cameron Highlands) are among the highlights to nature enthusiasts or naturalists. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur features shopping, entertainment, educational activities and walking on a skybridge of Petronas Twin Towers - the world's tallest twin towers within KLCC or Kuala Lumpur City Center. Scuba diving in East Coast islands like Redang and Perhentian or whitewater rafting in Padas or Sedim rivers would truly be an unforgettable experience. Recently recognised as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - George Town, Penang is dubbed as the food haven of Malaysia whilst Melaka features a series of historical landmarks and the surviving remains of colonial era from Portuguese, Dutch and British that shaped and colored the landscape and life-style of Bandar Hilir.
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