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Ancient history and settlement.

The first people to live in Malaya were Stone Age hunter-gatherers. Later Stone Age farmers came to Malaya and displaced them. After a few years the land would be exhausted and the farmers would clear a new area. However within a few years the old area would become covered in vegetation and would become fertile again.

After 1,000 BC metal-using farmers came to Malaya. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD centralized states arose in Malaya. The religions of Buddhism and Hinduism were also introduced into Malaya at that time.



Ancient history and settlement.

The country of Malaysia consists of the Peninsular Malaysia, which is part of mainland Southeast Asia, and the states of Sabah and Sarawak (east Malaysia) on the northern edges of the island of Borneo.

In essence, the coastal plains here (in some areas rather wide) rise gently into hills and mountains, all covered by dense rain forests.

Countrywide, elevations average between 3,500 to 6,000 feet, with the major exception being Malaysia’s highest point, Mt.