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Canada-Malaysia fact sheet

Official Title:
Malaysia

General Information

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population (million): 32.94
Total Area: 329,750km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 3.14 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: Independence Day, 31 August (1957)
Language(s): Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), English, Hokkien, Cantonese, Tamil

Political Information

Type of State:
Federation

Type of Government:
Constitutional Monarchy, Parliamentary Democracy.

Head of State:
HM Al-Sultan Abdullah VI Agong XVI (King)

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Hishammuddin Hussein
International Trade & Industry: Muhammad Azmin Ali

Main Political Parties:
Ruling Coalition: PerikatanNasional: Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS),GabunganParti Sarawak (GPS) and BarisanNasional (led by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and including the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC). Opposition Coalition: The Alliance of Hope (Malay: PakatanHarapan): Democratic Action Party (DAP), People’s Justice Party (PKR), National Trust Party (Amanah) and Sabah Heritage Party (Warisan).

Elections:
Held at least once every five years. Last: May 9th 2018.

Economic Information (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Malaysia Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 445.10 2,162.38
GDP per capita: ($) 13,512.98 56,945.03
GDP growth rate: (%) -5.59 -5.4
Inflation: (%) -1.14 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 4.53 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $768,445,500
Canadian imports from country: $3,050,773,109
FDI in Canada: $(4) million
CDI in the country: $(233) million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Noraini Binti Abd Hamid

Canadian Representation Abroad:

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Malaysia
Year Exports Imports
2016 $709,671,060 $2,592,231,544
2017 $718,592,624 $2,786,783,798
2018 $784,122,140 $2,981,805,759
2019 $802,918,312 $2,847,309,414
2020 $768,445,500 $3,050,773,109
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Malaysia
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $13,221,039 $1,704,642
02 Veg. Prod. $119,955,185 $3,473,891
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $26,661,292 $138,727,987
04 Food Prod. $8,859,519 $104,115,861
05 Mineral Prod. $3,478,497 $235,749
06 Chemical Prod. $224,950,278 $89,522,658
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $59,187,826 $461,943,779
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $792,220 $769,145
09 Wood Prod. $6,058,628 $12,309,042
10 Paper Prod. $13,098,561 $10,467,769
11 Textiles Prod. $1,190,142 $30,975,187
12 Dress Access. $84,363 $2,776,097
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,075,854 $11,257,919
14 Precious Metals/stones $709,168 $2,135,282
15 Base Metal Prod. $121,776,977 $99,483,099
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $85,562,049 $1,638,227,515
17 Vehicles and Equip. $28,842,889 $19,905,354
18 Specialized Inst. $22,594,107 $255,110,676
19 Arms & Ammunition $23,025 $1,884
20 Misc. Articles $4,660,272 $166,002,896
21 Antiques $19,101 $253


May 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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