Factsheet : Malaysia

Official Title:
Malaysia


General Information

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population (million): 32.39
Total Area: 329,750km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 3.31 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) (2018- Annual average)
National Holiday: Independence Day, 31 August (1957)
Language(s): Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), English, Hokkien, Cantonese, Tamil


Political Information

Type of State:
Federation

Type of Government:
Constitutional Monarchy, Parliamentary Democracy.

Head of State:
HM Al-Sultan Abdullah VI Agong XVI (King)

Head of Government:
PM Mahathir Mohamad

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah
International Trade & Industry: Y.B Ignatius Darell Leiking

Main Political Parties:
Ruling Coalition: The Alliance of Hope (Malay: Pakatan Harapan) Opposition parties: Islamic Party of Malaysia, Barisan Nasional (led by the United Malays National Organisation and including the Malaysian Chinese Association, the Malaysian Indian Congress and Gerakan).

Elections:
Held at least once every five years. Last: May 9th 2018.


Economic Information (2018)

Comparative figures
Type Malaysia Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 460.19 2,222.58
GDP per capita: ($) 14,210.06 60,078.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 4.72 1.83
Inflation: (%) 0.97 2.24
Unemployment: (%) 3.32 5.82

Product Trade and Investment (2018)

Canadian exports to country: $784,276,049
Canadian imports from country: $2,982,849,055
FDI in Canada : $241 million
CDI in Malaysia: $918 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Noraini Binti Abd Hamid

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Julia Bentley


December 2019
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Malaysia
Year Exports Imports
2014 $793,781,452 $2,420,262,838
2015 $788,792,352 $2,638,285,594
2016 $709,671,060 $2,592,231,544
2017 $718,731,378 $2,787,805,197
2018 $784,276,049 $2,982,849,055
Product trade (2018)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Malaysia
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $9,442,722 $1,912,994
02 Veg. Prod. $137,508,198 $2,685,980
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $23,376,001 $128,601,185
04 Food Prod. $8,531,708 $79,057,518
05 Mineral Prod. $26,301,103 $890,409
06 Chemical Prod. $258,005,393 $93,009,549
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $40,999,148 $212,324,795
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $4,774,759 $764,310
09 Wood Prod. $5,169,538 $11,413,035
10 Paper Prod. $23,264,846 $10,345,541
11 Textiles Prod. $1,755,868 $34,965,741
12 Dress Access. $55,316 $3,201,369
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $920,216 $6,181,522
14 Precious Metals/stones $373,743 $821,215
15 Base Metal Prod. $85,452,356 $161,199,285
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $94,757,031 $1,841,547,817
17 Vehicles and Equip. $15,052,857 $17,708,692
18 Specialized Inst. $29,835,937 $248,653,361
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $20,779
20 Misc. Articles $6,659,317 $126,929,348
21 Antiques $60,475 $4,358