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Malaysia’s environment is in danger due to rapid urbanization and an over-exhaustion of resources. The country faces threats from deforestation, water pollution, soil erosion, overfishing, and air pollution.1 Pollution continues to be an increasing problem. Malaysia has historically enjoyed one of the least polluted urban environments in Asia, but increasing demand on its natural resources has led to the pollution of both its environment and urban environments.2 The greatest natural hazards posed by the environment are landslides, flooding, and forest fires. 3

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1 http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/malaysia/environmental_problems_malaysia/
2 http://www.wwf.org.my/about_wwf/what_we_do/species_main/
3 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/my.html
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Geography

Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam
Area

Total 329,847 sq km
Land 328,657 sq km
Water 1,190 sq km

Climate

tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons
Natural Resources

tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite ;
Natural Hazards

flooding; landslides; forest fires
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from industrial and vehicular emissions; water pollution from raw sewage; deforestation; smoke/haze from Indonesian forest fires

Demographics

Nationality
Malaysian
Population
29,628,392 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Malaysia, a middle-income country, has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy. Under current Prime Minister NAJIB, Malaysia is attempting to achieve high-income status by 2020 and to move farther up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in Islamic finance, high technology industries, biotechnology, and services. NAJIB's Economic Transformation Program (ETP) is a series of projects and policy measures intended to accelerate the country's economic growth. The government has also taken steps to liberalize some services sub-sectors. The NAJIB administration also is continuing efforts to boost domestic demand and reduce ...See More the economy''s dependence on exports. Nevertheless, exports - particularly of electronics, oil and gas, palm oil and rubber - remain a significant driver of the economy. As an oil and gas exporter, Malaysia has profited from higher world energy prices, although the rising cost of domestic gasoline and diesel fuel, combined with strained government finances, has forced Kuala Lumpur to begin to reduce government subsidies. The government is also trying to lessen its dependence on state oil producer Petronas. The oil and gas sector supplies about 35% of government revenue in 2011. Bank Negera Malaysia (central bank) maintains healthy foreign exchange reserves, and a well-developed regulatory regime has limited Malaysia''s exposure to riskier financial instruments and the global financial crisis. Nevertheless, Malaysia could be vulnerable to a fall in commodity prices or a general slowdown in global economic activity because exports are a major component of GDP. In order to attract increased investment, NAJIB has raised possible revisions to the special economic and social preferences accorded to ethnic Malays under the New Economic Policy of 1970, but he has encountered significant opposition, especially from Malay nationalists and other vested interests. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$506.7 billion (2012 est.); $479.7 billion (2011 est.); $456.5 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

34% of GDP (2012 est.); 34.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 34.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

Peninsular Malaysia - palm oil, rubber, cocoa, rice; Sabah - palm oil, subsistence crops; rubber, timber; Sarawak - palm oil, rubber, timber; pepper
Industries

Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, petroleum and natural gas, light manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, electronics and semi-conductors, timber processing; Sabah - logging, petroleum and natural gas production; Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum and natural gas production, logging