Malaysian embassy marks national day [Archives:2004/769/Local News]

September 2 2004

The Malaysian embassy in Sanaa celebrated the 47th National Day in a dinner reception at the Taj Sheba Hotel in Sanaa on Tuesday. A large number of officials, ambassadors, businessmen, journalists, and a host of other prominent personalities attended the event.
The Ambassador of Malaysia to Yemen H.E. Dato' Misran Karmain received the guests to commemorate 47 years since the independence of Malaysia on August 31, 1957, the date when Tunku Abdul Rahman became its first Prime Minister.
Malaysia has enjoyed steadily developing relations with the Republic of Yemen. In fact, Malaysia-Yemen relations date back to the 15thCentury. Historians of Malay culture and civilization have always acknowledged the crucial role played by the Yemeni merchants who spread Islam throughout the country. It is hoped that the relationship between the two countries will continue to enhance, especially in the fields of tourism, trade, and education.
Situated close to the equator, Malaysia occupies two distinct regions) Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak on the northwestern coast of Borneo. It is a multi-racial country with a population of about 25 million, consisting of four major ethnic groups)the Malays, Chinese, Indians and the Bumiputeras (natives) in Sabah and Sarawak.