Territory in southeast Asia, ruled since 1963 by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister of Malaysia


Malaysia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. Land borders are shared with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and maritime borders exist with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. In 2010 the population exceeded 27.5 million, with over 20 million living on the Peninsula. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.39, Rank: 115, Personal Freedom: 5.53, Economic Freedom: 7.25, Democracy Index: 6.65
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.25, Rank: 62
Malaysia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 45, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 4
"Prime Minister Najib Razak struggled during 2015 to suppress mounting criticism over mismanagement of and possible embezzlement from the state-owned development fund 1MDB. Najib denied any wrongdoing and took steps to remove potential threats within the ruling party, in part through a reorganization of his cabinet. A coalition of civil society organizations and opposition parties known as Bersih (Clean) organized a multicity protest in August, calling for Najib's resignation as well as electoral reforms and anticorruption measures."


Christmas in Malaysia: It's not what you might imagine, by Justin Raimondo, 23 Dec 2005
"Malaysia is the virtual incarnation of religious and ethnic diversity, a veritable melting pot of racial and devotional groups ... Here is an 'Islamic' country where a gigantic Christmas tree sits in the lobby of the hotel I'm staying at ... Modernity is juxtaposed next to traditionalism ..."