By almost any standard, Malaysia has become one of the most prosperous and successful nations in the Islamic world. The Malaysian economy has grown steadily, thanks to a focus on new technology and manufacturing. Although Malaysia's government is not fully democratic, it permits an increasing degree of public participation. This book examines the economic and political issue facing Malaysia today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.