Although there are small regional search engines/directories
in English about Malaysia, such portals are insignificant
since they are only geared to tourists visiting Malaysia.
There is only one search engine in Bahasa Melayu :Google!
Google features 2 versions:
Google Bahasa Melayu
Malay language Miscellaneous Facts
The Malay language, also known locally as Bahasa Melayu,
is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people (Pop.
27.4 million) who reside in the Malay Peninsula, southern
Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra,
the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. It is
an official language of Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. It
is very similar to Indonesian, known locally as Bahasa Indonesia,
the official language of Indonesia. The official standard
for Malay, as agreed upon by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei,
is the form spoken in the Riau Islands just south of Singapore,
long considered the birthplace of the Malay language.
The Malay Peninsula and indeed Southeast Asia has been a centre
of trade for centuries. It transformed itself from 1971 through
the late 1990s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging
multi-sector economy. Growth was almost exclusively driven
by exports - particularly of electronics. The economy grew
4.9% in 2003, then topped 7% in 2004 and 5% in 2005. As an
oil and gas exporter, Malaysia has profited from higher world
energy prices. Internet usage in Malaysia has sustained a
huge growth in the past 5 years, jumping from 3.7 million
users in 2000 to 11.2 million users as of September 2006.