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flag of Malaysia
The flag hoisted on May 26, 1950, had 11 stripes, a crescent, and an 11-pointed star. The number of stripes and star points was increased to 14 on Sept. 16, 1963. Yellow is a royal color in Malaysia while red, white, and blue indicate connections with the Commonwealth. The crescent is a reminder that the population is mainly Muslim.

Location of Malaysia Ethnic Composition

Official name: Malaysia.

Form of government: federal constitutional monarchy with two legislative houses (Senate [70]; House of Representatives [192]).

Chief of state: Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Paramount Ruler).

Head of government: Prime Minister.

Population (1998): 22,083,000.

Population projection: (2000) 23,036,000; (2010) 27,940,000.

Natural increase rate per 1,000 population (1997); 20.8 (world avg. 15.7).

Gross national product (1996): U.S.$89,800,000,000 (U.S.$4,370 per capita).

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