Geographical Location: 2°30 N 112°30 E
Area: 329,750 km²
Coastline: 4,675 km
Location: Southeast Asia
Seas/Oceans: South China Sea, Sulu Sea
Neighboring Countries: Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore
Amidst South China Sea, Malaysia is strategically sited in the
Southeastern Asia. This beautiful country, with an area of 329,750 km²,
has two separate parts - Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. As the
name suggests, East Malaysia is to be found in the East, whereas
Peninsular Malaysia is located in the West. The southernmost tip of
continental Asia is marked by Tanjung Piai, a cape positioned in the
state of Johor. Placed between Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, the
Strait of Malacca is possibly the leading shipping lane on the planet.
The South China Sea separates the two distinct parts of Malaysia.
However, both the parts have coastal plains which rise to heavily
forested hills and mountains. Thailand, Singapore, Straits of Malacca
and Indonesian island of Sumatra share their borders with the Peninsular
Malaysia on the north, south, west and east respectively. Peninsular
Malaysia bears the weight of granite, stratified rocks, other igneous
rocks and alluvium, at various locations.
In the East, Malaysia finds its highest point of elevation (4,095m) at
Mt. Kinabalu. Located on the picturesque island of Borneo, East Malaysia
is happily sharing its southern borders with Brunei and Indonesia. To
its west and north, East Malaysia is embraced by the South China Sea and
by the Sulu Sea on the northeast. The major area of Malaysia comes under
East Malaysia, with approximately 60% of area. More than 50% of
country's total area is covered under thick tropical forests,
particularly in Sabah and Sarawak.