Malaysia is comprised of a multi-ethnic mix of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and numerous indigenous tribes. This is a result of a rich history beginning from the origins of the Malacca sultanate in the 1400’s and subsequent colonial rule by the Portuguese, Dutch and British up to 1957, the year of independence. Malaysia is a member of the United Nations (UN), Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) to name a few. Malaysia is also an active founding member state of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In recent years, foreigners from all over the world have made Malaysia their second home, either for retirement or to seek employment. Malaysia is a true melting pot of the different races and religions. You will find that people generally respect, appreciate and celebrate this cultural diversity. The same diversity can also be found at INCEIF. Get to know the different nuances of each community, as well as what has converged and come to be known as true Malaysian culture.