A country of southeast Asia composed of the south Malay Peninsula while the north area of the area of Borneo. Malays most likely relocated into the penisula c. 2000 B.C., sooner or later reaching northern Borneo and displacing the indigenous Dayaks. Europeans arrived in the 16th century. By the twentieth century Great Britain had set up protectorates through the reduced peninsula, which later on formed the Union (1946) and then the Federation (1948) of Malaya. Gaining independence in 1957, it joined up with with Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak to become the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. Singapore attained freedom independently in 1965. Kuala Lumpur may be the money and largest town. Population: 24,800,000.
A country in Southeast Asia. Certified name: Malaysia.
A country in Southeast Asia such as the former nation of Malaya in the Malay Peninsula, and part of Borneo; occasionally nonetheless referred to as Malaya.