Map of Malaysia
          Malaysia is located at 1°20' and 6°45' north latitude of the equator, and 99°40' and 19° east longitude. The country covers a total area of 329,758 square kilometers and comprises 13 states and three Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya. Nine of the states are situated in Peninsular Malaysia while the states of Sarawak and Sabah are located in the island of Borneo. Malaysia is a hot and humid country and receives a heavy annual rainfall.
          Malaysia has a system of constitutional monarchy headed by the King as the head of State and a Prime Minister as the head of government. Malaysia gained its independence from Britain on 31 August 1957. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur and the country has a population of about 24.4 million people.
          The official religion in Malaysia is Islam. However, other religions are freely allowed to be practiced such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. Bahasa Melayu is the national language but English is widely spoken and is the main business language in the country. Chinese and Tamil are the other two main languages spoken in the country.
          Malaysia is fast on its way on becoming a developed country, with national target of the year 2020. The main economic activities are manufacturing, petroleum and natural gas, electronics and electrical appliances, agriculture, mining and tourism industries. Malaysia has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD88,049 Million (2001) with a per capita income of USD3,409 (2001). The currency in Malaysia is Ringgit Malaysia (1 USD = 3.8 RM )
  About Petronas
          PETRONAS, short for Petroliam Nasional Bhd, is Malaysia's national petroleum corporation established on 17 August 1974. Wholly-owned by
the Government, the corporation is vested with the entire oil and gas resources in Malaysia and is entrusted with the responsibility of developing and adding value to these resources.

          Since its incorporation PETRONAS has grown to be an integrated international oil and gas company with business interests in more than 20 countries. As at end of March 2001, the PETRONAS Group comprised 62 wholly owned subsidiaries, 19 partly owned outfits and 47 associated companies.

          PETRONAS is engaged in a wide spectrum of petroleum activities, including upstream exploration and production of oil and gas to downstream oil refining; marketing and distribution of petroleum products; trading; gas processing and liquefaction; gas transmission pipeline network
operations; marketing of liquefied natural gas; petrochemical manufacturing and marketing; shipping; car manufacturing and distribution; and property development

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