Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 January 1988

Volume 13 Issue 2

Original Research

J. Neville Turner



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A visit to Malaysia is a delight for a comparative family lawyer, especially one who adores satay, nasi goreng and biryani.

The country itself is an unlikely amalgam of two land masses separated by 700 km, containing thirteen States of widely differing cultures. West Malaysia is by far the more populous, East Malaysia the larger geographically. In East Malaysia, a rich country (Brunei) is sandwiched as an independent enclave between the two States which do belong to Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah). In the Malay Peninsula the port of Singapore, which geographically belongs to West Malaysia, ceded from the Federation in 1965, and is a separate country.

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