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In the early years of the 21st Century


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The recent torrential rain and severe flooding in several states of Peninsular Malaysia have exposed the reality of extreme weather patterns caused by climate change. Environmental experts emphasize that such events are expected to occur more frequently in the future, urging authorities to enhance disaster planning and promote sustainable development. – adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Malaysia

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 3 January 2020]

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[accessed 6 January 2021]

Malaysia, an upper middle-income country, has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials into a multi-sector economy. Under current Prime Minister NAJIB, Malaysia is attempting to achieve high-income status by 2020 and to move further up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in high technology, knowledge-based industries and services.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $29,100 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 11%

industry: 36%

services: 53% (2012 est.)

Unemployment rate: 3.4% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 3.8% (2009 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 29 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 11.4 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 75.9 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 96.7% of population

Physicians density: 1.54 physicians/1,000 population (2015)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Malaysia

[accessed 16 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Malaysians going hungry, but govt out of touch, says MP

Nicholas Chung, FMT Media, Petaling Jaya, 15 April 2021

[accessed 15 April 2021]

Citing a Unicef report and his own exchanges with his constituents, he said many lower-income people were forced to eat instant noodles and eggs every day.

He recounted that on a trip to give out food supplies, several single mothers told him they had not eaten fish or vegetables for months.

The World Bank in Malaysia

[accessed 21 April 2021]

Over the past 50 years, Malaysia has successfully reduced extreme poverty and promoted shared prosperity. Its goal is to attain high-income and developed nation status while ensuring that shared prosperity is sustainable.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 3 January 2020]

Malaysia was one of the most prosperous nations in Southeast Asia before 1998, albeit with the mood swings inherent in an export-oriented economy. Until the 1970s, Malaysia's economy was based chiefly on its plantation and mining activities, with rubber and tin the principal exports. Since then, however, Malaysia has added palm oil, tropical hardwoods, petroleum, natural gas, and manufactured items, especially electronics and semiconductors, to its export list.

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