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[Excerpt] Malaysia is a federation of thirteen states and two federal territories in West (Peninsular) Malaysia and East Malaysia with a population of over 20 million. It is rich in natural resources (including oil and natural gas) and is a major producer of palm oil, natural rubber, tin and tropical hardwoods. The Government encourages industry and foreign investment, particularly in high technology and resource-based export-oriented industries. Malaysia has attracted much interest from multi-national companies due to its economic growth and future potential.


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