MALAYSIAN COMMUNITY IN NEW ZEALAND: A Brief Profile
Malaysia is separated by about 8700 km from New Zealand. While Malaysia has a tropical climate with a consistent high temperature of between 28-34 degrees Celsius, New Zealand has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 8 to 17 degrees Celsius (except in the winter and in the summer when the temperatures go beyond those two extremes).
The two countries have a multi-ethnic society. However, the majority (80%) of New Zealand population is made up of the Pakehas (the orang putih) who were originally from Europe (particularly from United Kingdom). On the other hand, the majority of the population of Malaysia is made up of Asians (natives and non-natives). The Caucasian “mat salleh” group in Malaysia forms a very small percentage of the total population. (more…)