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Descriptor English:   Malaysia 
Descriptor Spanish:   Malasia 
Descriptor Portuguese:   Malásia 
Synonyms English:   Federation of Malaya
Malay Federation
Malay Peninsula
Malaya
Malaya Federation
Sabah
Sarawak  
Tree Number:   Z01.252.145.487
Definition English:   A parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch in southeast Asia, consisting of 11 states (West Malaysia) on the Malay Peninsula and two states (East Malaysia) on the island of BORNEO. It is also called the Federation of Malaysia. Its capital is Kuala Lumpur. Before 1963 it was the Union of Malaya. It reorganized in 1948 as the Federation of Malaya, becoming independent from British Malaya in 1957 and becoming Malaysia in 1963 as a federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore (which seceded in 1965). The form Malay- probably derives from the Tamil malay, mountain, with reference to its geography. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p715 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p329) 
Indexing Annotation English:   a monarchy in southeast Asia; note X refs but Malay Archipelago = INDONESIA; Malaysians are of MONGOLOID RACE unless otherwise specified
Allowable Qualifiers English:  
EP epidemiology EH ethnology
Record Number:   8465 
Unique Identifier:   D008296 

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