Malaysian Celebrities and Famous People


Malaysia has a rich culture and media and there are a fair amount of Malaysian Celebrities out there. Here, we’ve listed some of the most famous and followed celebs from the country.

Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

Mohamad was president of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, an incredible 22 years! He was extremely successful and contributed to a huge amount of growth the economy of the country which has led to nearly 2 million ‘likes’ on his personal facebook. He also has a huge amount of books published and widely read throughout the world.

Jimmy Choo

The most famous Malaysian Celebrity in the world of Fashion, Choo was born in Malaysia in 1961 and is now based in London. Lauded with a huge amount of awards in his time and featured in almost every big publication in the fashion industry, Jimmy is an extremely high profile Malaysian celeb who is known all around the world.

Ling Tan

Another famous Malay from the fashion industry, Ling Tan is a well known model who has walked catwalks in London, Rome and Paris and is signed to IGM Models. She is known for being the first huge catwalk model from South East Asia and stands at a striking 5 foot 10.

Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei is an extremely successful Sportsman who has made his name in the Badminton circuit. Legend has it, his mother forbade him from playing his preferred sport Basketball due to the heat in the local courts, so he opted for an indoor sport instead. He is from Georgetown in beautiful Penang and was ranked number one in the world for an unbelievable 199 weeks, winning silver medals at two olympic games and gold at the commonwealth games.

Robert Kuok

One of the richest men in the world, Robert Kuok hails from Johor Baru and made his fortune in the Sugar and Rice industries before spreading his entrepreneurial wings into many other areas including shipping and real estate. He now lives in Hong Kong.

Tony Fernandes

Another very successful Malaysian entrepreneur, Fernandes is of Portugese descent and was educated in England. He was lucky enough to work under Richard Branson before branching out into his own ventures, including launching the first budget airline in Malaysia. Nowadays he is also chairman of QPR football club in the UK and is heavily involved in Lotus Cars. Fernandes is very, very famous in the UK also and hardly keeps a low profile!

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh is probably Malaysia’s most famous actress and export. She is based in Hong Kong and was once named on a list of the 50 most beautiful women in the world. The stunning actress has been in movies such as Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Kung Fu Panda 2 and many more. Another Malaysian Celeb who has spent time in London, she moved with her family when she was 15 and was training to be a dancer when a spinal injury forced her to take another path.

Sheila Majid

If you’re from the West this name might not mean very much to you at all, but Sheila Majid is absolutely huge in Malaysia and Indonesia, where she is an award winning R and B singer. Originally she is from Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysian Cars and Car Companies

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Cars in Malaysia are very different to in large parts of the world. There are extremely high costs relating to cars and importing cars from other countries, which serves to support the automotive industry within the country. Vehicles of any sort are one of the most expensive commodities in what is a relatively cheap place to live, but the most affordable on the market are the Malaysian cars, manufactured within the country.


Proton is probably the most famous Malaysian car manufacturer, manufacturing most of its cars out of Tanjung Malim, Perak. The company is relatively new and only started production in 1983. In that time it has established itself as very much the car to have in Malaysia and most of the second hand market revolves around Proton.

As well as being a popular family car, Proton have made movements into Formula 1 and racing as well as hybrid engines and futuristic models of cars, ensuring their success abroad as well as in Malaysia. The cars are available in the UK, Middle East and even America, as well as the rest of Asia as you might expect.

The list of Proton models available is as follows:


  • Inspira
  • Persona
  • Gen·2
  • Waja
  • Perdana
  • Prevé


  • Saga FLX
  • Satria Neo
  • Savvy

SUVs & Trucks

  • Exora
  • Arena


Actually called  Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sendirian Berhad, you can see why they shorten the name of this company to Perodua. This is another key component in the manufacture of cars in Malaysia. Another pretty new company, they were formed in 1992 and their first cars were in circulation within a couple of years. One of the major share holders or Perodua is Daihatsu and the influence on the cars is visible and some parts of the cars are the same. Perodua produce the extremely popular Kembara model of cars though their branding doesn’t always showcase the fact that this car is one of theirs. They have produced close to two million cars in total in their short life and production continues to grow.

Models of Perodua cars include:

  • Kancil
  • Kembara
  • Kanari
  • Rusa
  • Kelisa


The last on my list, Naza is a group of companies that deal in everything from property rentals to car manufacture. Their influence is perhaps more in automotive sales and in manufacturing versions of existing cars and making Malaysian versions, such as the Peugot 206.

Naza have affiliations with a large amount of car companies including being franchise holder for Ferrari, Maserati, Kia Motors, Peugeot, Chevrolet, Brabus, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Piaggio, Vespa and Aprilia in Malaysia.

Cars they manufacture include:

  • Sutera
  • Hafei
  • Ria
  • Citra

These three key players have a big influence on the Malaysian Car industry, but they are not the only cars you can buy in the country. I have seen everything from Range Rovers to Lamborghinis, not forgetting the huge amount of mopeds and scooters on the high streets of Malaysia.

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Fun and Interesting Facts About Malaysia

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Malaysia has a fascinating past and an amazing, rich culture up to the present day, it may not be the most high profile country in Asia but it certainly is one of the most interesting as we hope to prove with these interesting Malaysia facts.


The longest King Cobra ever known to man was discovered in Malaysia, it measured an incredible 5.54 meters and grew even longer in captivity in London Zoo.

Malaysia is home to Mount Kinabalu, the largest peak in the whole of South East Asia.

A wide range of animals inhabit the country including some extremely rare species, everything from Elephants, Eagles and Monitor Lizards to many species of fascinating monkeys and Tigers lurking in the jungles. Malaysia also has a host of large snakes, so don’t visit if you’re Indiana Jones.

Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world is found most commonly in Malaysia.

The largest leaf in the world is also from Malaysia and measured over 3 meters across (larger than most cars).

The Bingator trees of Sarawak are thought to have properties that could one day help cure Aids and are tested on regularly.

Culture and Society:

People from the country will only ever call themselves “Malaysians” when outside of their homeland, in their native country they describe them selves as Chinese, Indians or Malays.

UK Supermarket giant Tesco is one of many businesses to have expanded to Malaysia.

Other giants in the country include KFC, McDonalds, TGI Fridays and Western retailers such as Zara and H and M.

Alcohol is one of the most expensive commodities in the country, which consists largely of Muslims (who don’t drink)

The country has one of the lowest costs of living in the world and is a hotspot for backpackers and tourists.

If you order a coffee “Kopi” in Malaysia, expect it to be sweetened with loads of sugar. The civilians have a sweet tooth when it comes to hot drinks. In fact most instant coffees come ready sweetened, though you can request without.

It is considered rude in Malaysia to point with your finger, they point with their thumb.

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas towers at 450 meters tall are the largest twin buildings in the world. They are 88 floors high and open for visitors.

The national flag of Malaysia was not adopted until 1963 and was the result of a design competition.

There is huge 65,877 km of highway in the country, more than long enough to stretch the circumference of the planet and great for road trips!

Malaysia contains 18 ports: Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Kuching, Kudat, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lumut, Miri, Pasir Gudang, George Town, Port Dickson, Port Kelang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tanjung Berhala, Tanjung Kidurong and Tawau.

It’s main exports are Electronic equipment, petroleumnatural gas, wood products and (perhaps most famously) palm oil.

So there we have it, my list of interesting facts about Malaysia. If you have any more (that are true!) Leave them in the comments and I may even add them to the list.

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Malaysian Fruits


Malaysia is a tropical paradise, and no tropical paradise is complete without tropical fruit. If you’ve ever been to the country, you’ll know that fruit is everywhere, it grows on trees in almost every corner of the land and is sold on hawker stalls on the street and in restaurants and bars. Malaysian fruits aren’t necessarily what you would expect though, and they have some very unique species growing in the country and sold in supermarkets. As a British person, when I first went to Malaysia I was absolutely amazed at all the different varieties you could buy that I had never even heard of. Here are some of the most popular Malaysian fruits.



Durian is not only grown in Malaysia, it is also native to Indonesia and Brunei. A seasonal fruit that is banned in many places for its unpleasant smell! They’re a huge ball shaped fruit covered in spiky thorns that don’t look or smell appetizing but taste sweet and glutinous. Definitely worth trying even if you don’t particularly want to. Amazingly these fruits can grow up to 12 inches long.


Jackfruit is another popular fruit of Malaysia, and is actually related to the mulberry. My personal favorite from my time in Asia, another round and not particularly beautiful fruit, they’re fleshy in texture, full of fiber and naturally very sweet though subtle. They taste great in all sorts of other dishes and can be dried, turned into chips, put into cakes and even used to flavor ice creams, an understandably popular fruit in Malaysia.


Mangosteens are purple in color and look more like a giant bulb than a fruit. They grow not only in Asia but parts of Africa and South America. The fruit is juicy and tangy, a little like an Orange (similar at least) and is usually eaten on its own instead of being put into dishes. Considered something of a delicacy in a lot of the world, you can buy Mangosteen (at a hefty price) in rare food shops as far and wide as the UK and America, but it is very specialist and don’t expect to see them in your local supermarket.


So-called because when you cut these, they look like a star, the most beautiful of the Malaysian fruits, this is popular in juices and eaten on its own. Crunchy and apple-like in texture, these are a watery fruit and remind me of eating a sort of sweet cucumber. Delicious and refreshing so perfect for the conditions. This fruit is also exported to a lot of different parts of the world so you may well be familiar with it. Try it with ice cream for a lovely desert.


These are a strange little fruit that look more like a creature from the latest Disney film than a food. Rambutans grow in bunches, are a reddish color and resemble green grapes when they are peeled, indeed they taste slightly ‘Grape-ish’ too.

More fruits grown in Malaysia (but not specific to the country) include:


I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed fruit quite as much as when sitting on a beach in Malaysia, these fruits provide the perfect treat in a beautiful, hot country.

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Most Interesting Places in Malaysia

Malaysia is a beautiful country with a rich history and loads of interesting places to visit. The country is split over three separate islands and has everything from vast jungle to built up cities, luscious beaches and tourist destinations. There are tons of interesting places in Malaysia both for the local and for travelers, and this is a run through of some of the best (it is of course a work in progress and I will update more as time goes on and I undoubtedly discover more places).

Taman Negara

Taman Negara means National Park in Malay, and as you might expect from such a tropical country this national park is set in one of the oldest jungles known to man. As well as being a haven for tourists to go and explore this place is renowned for its absolutely unbelievable wildlife and you can see some truly amazing creatures whilst walking around. Although the likelihood is that you will mainly see snakes, tapirs, monitor lizards and monkeys, the park also hosts some of the most protected animals in the world such as Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers and even Leopards.

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Another natural beauty, this is a place where young Orangutans who have been hunted, injured or otherwise hard-done-to are taken in, looked after and taught to live and fend for themselves again before being released back out into beautiful Malaysia. A truly amazing experience to see these fascinating creatures.

Petronas Twin Towers

The twin towers are possibly the most iconic place in Malaysia, certainly the most used images around the world. Situated in the nation’s capital Kuala Lumpur, these giant skyscrapers beautifully illuminate the vibrant city and are available to visit too. The buildings are the highest twin buildings in the world but were surpassed as the tallest building in the world a decade ago.

Petaling Street

There are few better places in the world to situate a “china town” and this is Malaysia’s very own. Chinatown in Malaysia is an authentic experience with bars, restaurants, shops and hawkers stalls run by the Chinese Malay population that makes up a lot of the country. Amazing food, beautiful buildings and an authentic Asian experience as well as some ridiculously cheap products and souvenirs to buy and take home with you. Petaling Street is one of the most famous places in Kuala Lumpur to visit.

Sunway Lagoon

A bit different to the rest of my list in that it veers away from natural beauty and cultural sophistication but Sunway Lagoon is an interesting part of Malaysia in its own right. The biggest theme park in the country, it has won worldwide recognition and a ton of awards, and is known for hosting the worlds longest pedestrian suspension bridge along with activities such as a water park, rides and flumes, the world’s biggest man made beach, an interactive zoo, go carting and much much more. A great place for families and tourists to check out and at a very reasonable price.

Instana Budaya

This means “National Theater” and my goodness is this an impressive building. The national theater of Malaysia has facilities on a par with anywhere else in the world and is an absolutely beautiful structure made out of Langkawi Marble among other materials with an amazing water feature outside too. In looks it is sort of like a triangular sydney opera house. Well worth a visit with shows including festivals and cultural events.


This list would just not be complete without mentioning beautiful Langkawi, one of the most interesting parts of Malaysia and probably the most popular tourist destination, Langkawi is an Island in line with the Thai border with an unbelievable set of beaches, tourist life and places for backpackers and hikers. Impressive views and one of those places that makes you glad to be here on planet earth! The Langkawi sky bridge is one of the most stunning places on the island, hence is the image at the top of the article.

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Penang Beaches

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Penang is one of the most beautiful places in South-East Asia. An island in and of its own right but technically only a state in Malaysia, Penang is connected to the mainland via a 13.5km bridge. Though it is actually one of Malaysia’s smallest states it is a popular tourist destination and also has a thriving community of locals leading to a diverse culture and amazing place to visit.

One of the best things about visiting Penang? The coastal resorts and what we are here to talk about, the beaches. Here is our guide to a few of the best places to see beaches in Penang.

Batu Ferringhi Beaches

Batu Ferringhi is one of the most popular places for tourists and is a hive of activity with a famous night market, a branch of the hard rock hotel and some beautiful beaches. The main strip in the region follows the beach all the way along with shops, bars restaurants and homes all along the coast. The beach itself has many places you can sit and have a quiet drink, it is popular and active but not overly crowded and has a luscious blue coastline and golden sands. There are people on the beach selling activities such as para-sailing and banana boating.

Monkey Beach

Inside Penang National Park, just a short trek through the jungle lies Monkey Beach, a little hidden gem that tourists are recommended to visit. The beach itself in case you hadn’t guessed is largely inhabited by monkeys, and is completely secluded. Humans do visit and there is a sign in and sign out sheet at the national park so you wont get deserted. As well as seeing monkeys, expect monitor lizards and much more as you walk through the jungle. Unfortunately due to the fact that it is deserted there are no facilities, just a few benches, and quite a lot of washed up litter, but if you love wildlife this is a must see.

Tanjung Bungah Beaches

Just a few miles down the road from Batu Ferringhi lies Tanjung Bungah, which is often called a cheaper alternative. There are hotels and restaurants as well as a famous floating mosque and more lovely beaches which are a bit quieter than BF.

Teluk Bahang Beaches

Teluk Bahang is famous for its dam and is a lot quieter than the previous places but still has popular beaches. It is just a mile or so from the entrance of Penang National Park so the beach is just a bit along from Monkey Beach (though there are a few more people and a few less primates here!)

In general the Penang beaches have beautiful sand, palm trees and gorgeous views. There are activities to do, places to sit and relax with a drink and of course, as with all of Penang it is hot all year round (though there is a rainy season). If you’re visiting the country as a tourist you’re probably going to spend a lot of time by the sea and you won’t be disappointed on this island.

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