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Coordinates: 4°0′N 102°30′E / 4.000°N 102.500°E / 4.000; 102.500

Landsat false-colour mosaic of Peninsular Malaysia.

Peninsular Malaysia (Malay: Semenanjung Malaysia), also known as Malaya or West Malaysia, is the part of Malaysia which occupies the southern half of the Malay Peninsula and the surrounding islands. Its area is 132,265 square kilometres (51,068 sq mi), which is nearly 40% of the total area of the country; the other 60% is East Malaysia. For comparison, it is slightly larger than England (130,395 km²). It shares a land border with Thailand to the north.[1]

Across the Strait of Malacca to the west lies the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) and across the South China Sea to the east lies the Natuna Islands (Indonesia). At the southern tip across the Strait of Johor lies the island and country of Singapore. Peninsular Malaysia accounts for the majority (roughly 81.3%) of Malaysia's population and economy; as of 2017 its population is roughly 26 million (92% of total population).

States and territories

A map of Malaya.

Peninsular Malaysia consists of 11 out of the 13 states, and two out of the three federal territories of Malaysia. The capital city, Kuala Lumpur is also in Peninsular Malaysia.

  • Northern Region: Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak
  • East Coast Region: Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang,
  • Central Region: Selangor, federal territories of Malay: Semenanjung Malaysia), also known as Malaya or West Malaysia, is the part of Malaysia which occupies the southern half of the Malay Peninsula and the surrounding islands. Its area is 132,265 square kilometres (51,068 sq mi), which is nearly 40% of the total area of the country; the other 60% is East Malaysia. For comparison, it is slightly larger than England (130,395 km²). It shares a land border with Thailand to the north.[1]

    Across the Strait of Malacca to the west lies the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) and across the South China Sea to the east lies the Natuna Islands (Indonesia). At the southern tip across the Strait of Johor lies the island and country of Singapore. Peninsular Malaysia accounts for the majority (roughly 81.3%) of Malaysia's population and economy; as of 2017 its population is roughly 26 million (92% of total population).