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15

THE GUIDE TO MALAYSIA

Temples. Historic churches

include the Dutch-colonial

Christ Church in Melaka

and the neo-classical St

George’s in Penang.

Government

Malaysia is a federal

constitutional monarchy

based on the Westminster

Parliamentary System. The

Yang di-Pertuan Agong

is

King and Head of State. He

is chosen from Malaysia’s

nine hereditary rulers

for a 5-year term based

on a rotation system.

Elections to the Lower

House, the Dewan Rakyat,

are held every five years,

and all citizens above 21

years old are eligible to

vote. Members of the Upper

House or Senate, the Dewan

Negara, are appointed

Symbols of religious harmony. The Al-Naim Mosque and the Church of the

Good Shepherd sit side-by-side (and even share a car park) in Lutong,

Sarawak.

The Merdeka Day (Independence Day) Parade held on 31

st

August, 2013 at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. The King

and Queen take the salute, accompanied by the Prime Minister and other VIPS.

by the

Yang di-Pertuan

Agong

and the respective

state governments.

The Prime Minister is the

head of the party with the

most seats in the Dewan

Rakyat, and appoints and

leads a cabinet of ministers.

Malaysia is administered

by a professional civil

service, both at federal

and state levels.