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Where's the coat of arms?[edit]

Why doesn't this country page have the coat of arms/Emblem of Malaysia on it? (talk) 01:59, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Malaysian Wikipedians[edit]

Malaysian Wikipedians can be found here.

Image glut[edit]

Lately there've been numerous image changes and additions to this article. As it stands, in part they're overwhelming the text. The second image in history, of the marching parade, on my screen flows into the next section, and it doesn't really aid understanding of anything. Foreign relations and military currently has 4 images, none of which give any understanding that would be reached without them, and three of which are generic military images that have been shrunk to a point where little detail can be seen. The Geography section has 3 scrunched up images, two of which are simply pretty landscapes, the third of which is more infrastructure than anything geographical. Wildlife has gone so far that it has an oddly formatted gallery. Infrastructure has two small pictures squishing all the text between them. And so on through the article. The article as it stands doesn't comply with WP:MOSIMAGES at all. We should really be looking for one or two pictures per second, and ones that actually aid a reader's understanding. The pie charts and maps for example, seem helpful. On the other hand, the image of a sign in languages where the text can't even be seen is not. Are they any opinions on which images should be kept, or replacements suggestions? CMD (talk) 18:28, 1 December 2013 (UTC)


I have added below info in etymology section. The previous one is more into describing the origin of Melayu term, not the term 'Malaysia' itself specifically.

  • The name 'Malaysia' is a combination of the word Malay and the Latin/Greek suffix -sia/-σία.[1]
  • In modern terminology, "Malay" is the name of an ethnoreligious group of Austronesian people predominantly inhabiting the Malay peninsula and portions of adjacent islands of Southeast Asia, including the east coast of Sumatra, the coast of Borneo, and smaller islands that lie between these areas.[2]
  • The origins of the word Melayu ('Malay') itself are disputed. Among notable theories are, it is derived from the Sungai Melayu ('Melayu river') in Sumatra,[3] from the Melayu Kingdom, a classical kingdom that existed in the 7th century Sumatra.
  • In 19th century, the concept of "Malay race" was first propagated by European scholars, in referring to all natives of Maritime Southeast Asia or Austronesians as a whole. A number of derivations from this anachronistic concept was later introduced, among others were the terms "Malay Archipelago"[4] as well as "Malaysia" itself.

Ø:G (talk) 03:54, 6 January 2014 (UTC)


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2004). Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for Over 5000 Natural Features, Countries, Capitals, Territories, Cities and Historic Sites. McFarland & Company. p. 221. ISBN 978-078-6418-14-5. 
  2. ^ The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (2013). "Malay". Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. 
  3. ^ Milner, Anthony (2010), The Malays (The Peoples of South-East Asia and the Pacific), Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 18–19, ISBN 978-1-4443-3903-1 
  4. ^ "States of Malaysia". Statoids (Administrative Divisions of Countries). Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Mohamed Anwar Omar Din (2012). "Legitimacy of the Malays as the Sons of the Soil". Canadian Center of Science and Education. pp. 80–81. ISSN 1911-2025. 
  6. ^ Reid, Anthony (2010). Imperial alchemy : nationalism and political identity in Southeast Asia. Cambridge University Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-052-1872-37-9. 
The etymology section should at least addresses the following subjects which i have summarised. For those who have their own alternatives, including Mr. CMD, you are free to present your own understanding on this. Instead of messing the section with your own POV, lets us discuss it here to find solutions:
  • The etymological origin of the word Melayu:
Malay/Javanese words Melayu/Mlayu (to steadily accelerate or to run)-->Sungai Melayu (Melayu river) -->Kerajaan Melayu (7th century)-->Melayu (15th century) a.k.a "Malayos" or "Malay" by Europeans.
  • Etymological origin of Malaysia
Malay (Oxford Dict: Originates from Malay word "Malayu")(Merriam-Webster: Originates from obsolete Dutch Malayo, itself from Malay word "Melayu"), first known use 1598-->Malay race (1795 concept by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach)-->Malay+sia = Malaysia (1826 term coined by Jules Dumont d'Urville)
  • Toponym history of Malaysia
Tanah Melayu (15th century)-->Malaya (1906) (English rendition of "Tanah Melayu")-->Tanah Melayu/Malaya (1948)->Malaysia (1963)

Ø:G (talk) 03:36, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

This is very simple. The word "Melayu" is not an etymological origin for the word "Melayu". The word "Melayu" is the word "Melayu". The meaning of that word may change, but that does not explain the origin of the original word. CMD (talk) 19:37, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
Melayu/Melaju is derived from the word "layu/laju". The "layu/laju" means "steadily accelerate or run", thus with the prefix "me" added to the words, it give the meaning "to steadily accelerate or to run". You don't provide the complete chronological order of its origin from the claimed "Malaiyur" here, because i believe it doesn't has one. The "Malaiyur" is stucked there, has no continuity and has no chronological link in history. Melayu from the Me+Laju/Me+Layu, on the other hand, has a complete chronological order in history:
Malay/Javanese words Melayu/Mlayu (to steadily accelerate or to run)-->Sungai Melayu (Melayu river) -->Kerajaan Melayu (7th century)-->Melayu (15th century) a.k.a "Malayos" or "Malay" by Europeans.Ø:G (talk) 01:54, 18 February 2014 (UTC)
Hey look, information which you've never actually mentioned before. Why don't you provide a source that notes this? That is actually an etymological origin, rather than what you've already been postulating. As for the Malaiyur theory, presumably the chronological origin is that it became applied to the people of whatever land was being discussed. If you can present sources noting the layu/laju origin, then that can be added in. I tend to agree it's a very likely theory actually, so I'd have no objections to placing it first. Furthermore, if you can show an academic consensus that the Tamil/Indian theory is incorrect, then at that point it can be noted as so or removed. Do you have a source that backs this statement? CMD (talk) 16:51, 18 February 2014 (UTC)
The existence of Latin words ending in sia and Greek words ending in σία does not imply a "Latin/Greek suffix -sia/-σία", unless that means "a suffix to make a word look more classicalish". Reading between the lines I would guess that the sia was arbitrarily derived from nearby coined names in –nesia (from Greek nēsoi ‘islands’). —Tamfang (talk) 00:42, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
I have an earlier edition (1987) of Adrian Room's book, which says nothing about the 'suffix'. I wonder where he got that idea. —Tamfang (talk) 18:43, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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References to press freedom[edit]

Malaysia's press freedom ranking has now dropped to 147, behind even the nanny-state of Singapore. I presume then that any reference to this in this article will be removed by those guilty of the same mealy-mouthed equivocation that has produced a mere two paragraphs in the whole article about the deplorable lack of press freedom within this country. Stephen A (talk) 06:35, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

I've replaced the removed sentence with one based on Freedom House's 2013 report. What more do you think is needed? An expansion of Media of Malaysia would be more viable than an expasion on information here. CMD (talk) 12:39, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 1 April 2014[edit]

Please change Malaysia's coat of arms picture to this because the current picture is not correct. Please refer to Mzahidi (talk) 09:48, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

We can't use a picture that does not have a discussed copyright status. What we need is someone to look into Malaysian copyright law and attach a fair use rationale to a full coat of arms. CMD (talk) 11:21, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
@Mzahidi: According to the Malaysian law, Malaysian copyright works would become a public domain after 50 years. Due to the last modified happens on 1965, so it would be free on 2015. The notice has been stated in here. Cheers! — "ʀᴜ" ɴᴏᴛ ʀᴜssɪᴀɴ ᴡʜᴜᴛ? 11:44, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Well that's a problem for the image currently in our article, which User:Ssolbergj has uploaded as cc3.0. A full coat should have the same status. CMD (talk) 11:47, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Yep, that's what I think too. Maybe the lesser arms should be deleted. I prefer like the Turkey article which didn't use any coat of arms at the moment. — "ʀᴜ" ɴᴏᴛ ʀᴜssɪᴀɴ ᴡʜᴜᴛ? 11:52, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Not done: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit semi-protected}} template. — {{U|Technical 13}} (tec) 02:20, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

GA check[edit]

I am working my way through the Good articles listed at Places; having a quick look to see if they still meet the Good article criteria. I have landed on this article. After I've had a quick look, I'll leave a note here indicating if I have concerns or not.

In general, I see the process as this: 1) Give the article a quick look to see if there are obvious issues: maintenance tags, unsourced sections, excessive media, etc, resolving any minor issues as I do so; 2) If I have concerns, open a GAR to see how serious those concerns are, resolving them myself if they are not serious; 3) If during the GAR I feel that there is significant work to be done (more than I can or am willing to do myself), I will put the GAR on hold and notify the main contributors.

My aim and intention is to keep the article listed - I would rather the article was improved and kept listed than the article is delisted. Where a delisting seems likely due to the amount or nature of work needed being greater than I am able to do alone, and the main contributors are unavailable or unable for whatever reason to do the work, then appropriate WikiProjects will be notified at least seven days before a delisting would take place. SilkTork ✔Tea time 21:46, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Green tickYArticle appears fine. It provides a good overview of the subject in a concise and readable form - it is 52 kB (8281 words) of readable prose, which for the range and depth of the subject is doing well. Areas that need thinking about for ongoing development are the amount and choice of images. This is a general article about the whole of the country, yet we have seven images for the Biodiversity section (awkward title, Wildlife is more reader friendly, and the title commonly used on Wikipedia), which seems disproportionate. See WP:IMAGE RELEVANCE which advises against using multiple similar images, I would suggest the national animal, and the national flower, and perhaps also the official mascot would be relevant, the rest are starting to swamp and domiante the article. The sub-sections in the Biodiversity section create a cluttered feel. MOS:BODY has this advice: "Very short or very long sections and subsections in an article look cluttered and inhibit the flow of the prose." The section can be formatted using ; instead of === to create softer headings, and ease flow when reading. SilkTork ✔Tea time 08:17, 4 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks User:SilkTork. I've been meaning to redo the Biodiversity section for awhile. CMD (talk) 11:17, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Related, but neglected topic[edit]

Can someone occasionally check here? I had at least to update three, up to one year obsolete entries. This list seems to have been neglected since 2010. (talk) 17:17, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

culture section[edit] (talk) 07:37, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

There are a couple of in the culture section.

Firstly, the references footnoted to 213 are void as it is a dead link.

Second, the first paragraph reference to 'the structure of government' and 'social contract theory' as reasons that minorities have not been assimilated seems preposterous (I'm a political philosopher with a graduate degree in this subject from Oxford).

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 14:35, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Coat of arms copyright period[edit]

I think the copyright period has ended now as the law stated on page 19:

Copyright in published editions of works

  1. Copyright shall subsist, subject to the provisions of this Act, in every published edition of any one or more literary, artistic or musical work in the case of which either—
the first publication of the edition took place in Malaysia;


the publisher of the edition was a qualified person at the date of the first publication thereof:

It means since the first version adopted/published on 1952, it is already 62 years now and doesn't include the 1963, 1965, 1982 and 1988 modification. — ᴀʟʀᴇᴀᴅʏ ʙᴏʀᴇᴅ ʜᴜʜ? 15:27, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Revisions required[edit]

Since this page is a restricted edit... The language section says that Maths and Science are taught in English in Malaysian schools. They are not. The subjects are taught in Malay (as the references actually say). Can that be corrected? You should also add that the tiger population in Malaysia could be only half earlier estimates… There are only between 250 -340 Malayan tigers left, against an earlier estimate of 500. Malwriter (talk) 14:20, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

GOLF is "the" most popular sports in Malaysia?[edit]

Can anybody in their right mind tell me, WHEN does GOLF become the most popular sport in Malaysia? Go check the Sports section of this article! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:E68:4417:31E0:2C86:2179:981:44E8 (talk) 08:48, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Fixed The edit are made by Sk.doubled before without citing it with any sources. Thanks for reporting! — ᴀʟʀᴇᴀᴅʏ ʙᴏʀᴇᴅ ʜᴜʜ? 09:33, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Remove Junk HTML Tags[edit]

At the top of the page, right after the redirect notice, there are junk HTML tags. These tags need to be removed.

<tr class="mergedrow"> <tr class="mergedbottomrow">


- Hareesh Sivasubramanian (talk) 19:57, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

North Borneo (a.k.a.) Sabah[edit]

There is an on-going issue regarding Sabah. Please see [1] with attention to 1878 agreement between Overbeck / Dent and the Sultan of Sulu.

Thinking chimp42 (talk) 17:18, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Please be noted that any new reference should be neutral and reliable. The link you provide are not even recognised as a reliable source. Wakanebe Wizard (talk) 17:44, 20 February 2015 (UTC)


  1. ^

Semi-protected edit request on 27 March 2015[edit]

Religion = Islam (Official) (talk) 07:17, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Joshua Talk to me What I've done? 07:55, 27 March 2015 (UTC)


How about a climate chart like at other sites? (talk) 02:29, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Do you mean something like the chart at Kuala Lumpur#Climate and weather? We don't usually put climate data charts in articles for countries; those are included in articles for cities. --Joshua Talk to me What I've done? 02:57, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 27 June 2015[edit]

EricSu112233 (talk) 11:45, 27 June 2015 (UTC) languages = [[Malay alphabet|Malay (Latin) alphabet],English]

X mark.svg Not done You need to say what you want changed, we're not mind readers. IgnorantArmies (talk) 12:36, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 28 June 2015[edit]

EricSu112233 (talk) 02:34, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

The Office Script of Malaysia Including English(British)

X mark.svg Not done Please clarify what changes you want to be made. Datbubblegumdoe (talk) 15:32, 28 June 2015 (UTC)


A third (widely used) alternative is /məˈleɪziə/. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:08, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Conservation issues -> Environmental and Conservation issues[edit]

Request for Comments to rename the chapter "Conservation issues" into "Environmental and Conservation issues"

Arguments in favor of this change: it would allow to give a place to all the top environmental issues, e.g. in the field of Climate Change, Malaysia is one of the few countries and maybe the only developed country that has not introduced an INDC during the COP21.This is how the chapter is now organised: Conservation issues[edit]

Main article: Environmental issues in Malaysia

--SvenAERTS (talk) 10:25, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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Economic grouth[edit]

The article mentions 6.5% for 50 years. What's the exact time period? Is this value inflation adjusted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nanoflop (talkcontribs) 13:31, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 19 February 2016[edit]

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Semi-protected edit request on 30 April 2016[edit]

Malaysia(English,Malay) 马来西亚(Simplified Chinese)

I would like to add the Chinese name of Malaysia on the article. As a Chinese Malaysia, we are allowing and studying Chinese in Malaysia, and it was sad when I am looking this page because there is no Chinese on it but Singapore and Brunei do it!! It's unfair for our nation even our government are also using Chinese on our nation slogan and using a one of the sign language.

Oh yeah, could you change the word " Recognized: English " to "Second official language or Second language: English". This is because English is widely spoken and using in Malaysian life, also our constitution 'The Malaysian Act' have allowed English used as one of the official language in Malaysia.


EricSu112233 (talk) 16:38, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Chinese is not an official language of Malaysia. English has a role, but is clearly contrasted with the "national language" of Malay. Due to this, I think "Recognised" is the best formulation as it notes an official status but doesn't place it at the same rank as Malay. That said, "Second language" is an interesting alternative. CMD (talk) 10:50, 1 May 2016 (UTC)