Summary

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Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia, with a population of 30,267,367. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur with 1,5 million inhabitants. The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. The languages are the Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi and Thai.

Malaysia’s multi-cultural heritage is exhibited in its diverse music, dance and other art forms. The dances of the different ethnic peoples of Sabah and Sarawak are truly exotic and enchanting, but other traditional dances from countries like China, India and Portugal, settled in Malaysia, has became also a part of Malaysia’s culture and heritage. Music is based around percussion instruments and is traditionally used for storytelling and celebrating life-cycle events. Some of the most known Malaysian art forms are Batik, Wayang Kulit , Garland Making  and Silat.

Rice is Malaysia staple diet, and Malay food is often described as spicy and flavorful. In sports, Malaysia national badminton team is really well-known and a champion in the Olympic Games.

If we pay attention to Hofstede Dimensions, we can define Malaysia as a collectivistic, high context and polychronic society, with a high power distance. This give as some good inicial information about how the country is, like that in Malaysia the group dynamics and stability are more important than the individual’s will or desire. Everyone has a role in society (collectivism), words have less importance. The main thing is being able to read the context and the details of each situation to understand what to do or not to do (high context). Schedules and rules are subjected to context and human needs, which means that they can be skipped. Also they’re used to make more than one task at the same time (polychronic) and there’s a strong social hierarchy which affect directly to the relationship between people from different social levels (high power distance).