Kuala Lumpur ~ People & Culture
of the things you will find most fascinating about Kuala Lumpur is its
people and culture. A multi-racial community settled in various sections of
town. The ethnic makeup of KL's population varies from the overall national
pattern, reflecting the city's origins as a Chinese settlement.
Population of Kuala Lumpur - Approximately 2 Million
Malaysias biggest advantage is its multicultural people and Kuala Lumpur represents this in its multiethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. The multiculturalism has made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivities. The many ethnic groups in Malaysia still maintain separate cultural identities as such they are many holidays and festivals that are ceebrated.
The principal languages include Malay which is the national Language - also known as "Bahasa Malaysia", Chinese, and Tamil (an Indian language); English is widely spoken and used. Religion-wise, Islam is the national observed by the majority Malays, while Buddhism, Chritianity, and Hinduism are the principal religions practiced by Chinese, Indians and others respectively.
KL's metropolitan area also has its fair share of
expats as well as large numbers of immigrants from nearby nations,
especially Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Travel to any Kuala Lumpur suburbs and observe - A Chinese house will have a mother praying and lighting joss sticks for her ancestors, an Indian family will be playing the radio featuring the latest Tamil hits, while the Malay family will be getting ready to walk to the closest mosque.
Truth be told, what used to be an easy mixing and getting along with one another is being slowly eroded by the ever more radical racial and religious elements in the political scenario and society. One can only hope this does not tear apart this unique fabric of Malaysia.
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