Malay Peninsula
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1. Geographical considerations. The Malay peninsula, together with the Borneo states of Sabah (formerly North Borneo) [see borneo in Suppl.] and Sarawak, became the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. The population of the Federation in 1977 was estimated at 12.74 million, of whom 10.5 million lived on the peninsula, and the ethnic composition (according to 1970 census figures) was approximately: Malay 46.8%, Chinese 34.1%, Indians 9%, Dayaks (including Ibans) 3.7%, Kadazan 1.8%, other native groups 3.2%, and others (…

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Andaya, L.Y., “Malay Peninsula”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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