Brain food: Us and them - Malaysia

Malaysia has undergone a dramatic economic transformation over the past 30 years. By the late 1990s, it had switched from being a producer of raw materials, such as palm oil and rubber, to a multi-sector economy, achieved largely by a double-digit growth in electronics exports to the US, Singapore and Japan. The economy was hit by the global IT slump that began in 2001, but it is making a tentative recovery, thanks to government help, healthy foreign exchange reserves and a relatively small external debt.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Malaysian households are big, with an average 4.4 people per domicile, compared to 2.3 in Britain. Fertility rates are substantially higher too, at 2.9 children per woman as opposed to just 1.7 per British woman. Another interesting fact to ponder: there are 103 Malaysian men for every 100 Malaysian women. Compare this to the 95 men per 100 women in Britain.

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