It is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country with the main religion being Islam but also having influences from China and India. It’s governmental system is based around the ‘Westminster Parliamentary System’, itself modelled around the politics of the U.K., a legacy of British Colonial rule. The government has defined a clear cultural policy for Malaysia based around the indigenous people but also allowing elements from other cultures. Islam of course has to also play a part in this. This multi-cultural diversity plays a part in the cuisine available in Malaysia although most dishes feature rice and chili regardless of what culture they are from.
There are many public holidays throughout the year in Malaysia, some are country wide while some are only observed by individual states. The most widely observed holiday is ‘Hari Merdeka’ or ‘Independence Day’ which is celebrated on 31st August.