As of April 2014, Najib Razak is the current and sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia. Razak took office on April 3, 2009, and was preceded by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Razak attended school in Kuala Lumpur and completed his education in the United Kingdom. Prior to his term as prime minister, he served two terms as minister of defense and was appointed deputy prime minister in 2004. He comes from a political family, as his father, Abdul Razak, was the second prime minister of Malaysia from 1970 to 1976, and his uncle, Hussein Onn, succeeded his father as the country's third-ever leader. His brother, Dato' Sri Nazir Razak, runs Malaysia's second-largest financial services group.Learn More
The vegetation of Malaysia consists mainly of lowland rainforest, submontane and montane forest, and swamp, tidal, freshwater and peat-swamp forest. There are also heathlike forests in the leached and sandy soils and on the coast.Full Answer >
According to the CIA World Factbook, the currency used in Malaysia is called the ringgit. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 4217 alphabetic currency code for the Malaysian ringgit is MYR. The currency is designated by the symbol RM.Full Answer >
The national sport of Malaysia is Sepak Takraw. It is a sport in which the players must kick a takraw (hollow ball made out of rattan or woven palm stems) over a net. It is similar to volleyball or badminton except players cannot use their hands.Full Answer >
The average temperature in Malaysia ranges between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The country's weather is typically hot and humid, and there are only two seasons, a dry season and a wet season. While the country has tropical weather, extremely high temperatures are rare.Full Answer >