Country Profile

The Country


Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia comprises the two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia). The two are separated by the South China Sea. The country has land borders with Thailand in the west and Brunei and Indonesia in the east. It also linked to Singapore by a narrow causeway and bridge.

Both regions of Malaysia have similar terrain, featuring coastal plains rising to hills and mountains. Peninsular Malaysia has the heavily forested Titiwangsa Mountain range running down the centre of the peninsula, dividing the coastal plains. In East Malaysia, the border with Indonesia is defined by a mountain range, which extends into the northern state of Sabah, where Mount Kinabalu reaches 4095 m (13,436 ft). Around the two regions there are numerous small islands.

Malaysia has a total land area of 329,847 sq km (127,355 sq miles) and had a population of 28.3 million in 2010. The main ethnic groups are Malays 50%, Chinese 24%, Indigenous people 11% and Indian 7%. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Malaysia History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Malaysia
wikipedia: Malaysia
wikipedia: History of Malaysia


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Malaysia.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Malaysia civil aircraft use the registration sequence 9M-AAA to 9M-ZZZ since 1963. Prior to independence, the sequences VR-Jxx, VR-Oxx, and VR-Rxx were used.

All-time Malaysia – civil aircraft register (VR-Jaa VR-Raa VR-Oaa VR-Waa 9M-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Royal Malaysian Air Force)
Naval Aviation (Royal Malaysian Navy)
Army Aviation (Royal Malaysian Army)

Historical military air arms-
Reserve Aviation (Malayan Volunteer Air Force) [1939-1942]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – Government VIP transport is operated by the RMAF
Coast Guard Aviation (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – an EMS helicopter network is currently being established
Police Aviation (Royal Malaysian Police)
Civil Defence Aviation (Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department)

Commercial Aviation

Air Malaysia

wikipedia: Airlines of Malaysia
The World’s Airlines: Malaysia

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Malaysia

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Muzium Angkatan Tentera
Muzium Perak
Muzium Polis Diraja Malaysia
Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar
Muzium Sultan Alam Shah
Muzium Tentera Darat
Muzium Tentera Laut Diraja
Muzium Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Malaysia

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.

Satria Maritim

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Satria Maritim’ is the official magazine of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) – the Malaysian Coast Guard. The agency was established in 2005 and in 2009 a quarterly magazine was launched, publicising the activities of the organisation and its equipment.

Further Information:


Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Perajurit’ is the sole defence magazine published entirely in the Malay language in Malaysia. Its vision is to be the platform for providing the latest and most complete information on defence for the knowledge of the reading public in Malaysia.

Current issues involving the military, security and defence industry are given in-depth coverage and analysis on a technical level satisfying to the professional reader yet is comprehensible to the ordinary reader. While ‘Perajurit’ gives focus to local defence and security affairs, geostrategic developments outside Malaysia, especially pertaining to ASEAN countries, are not overlooked especially when such developments affect Malaysian defence and security. The title means The soldier.

Further information:


Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Tempur’ was conceived as a monthly bi-lingual (English/Malay) magazine specialising on the reportage of defence and security affairs of consequence to the Asia-Pacific region, and the ASEAN nation-states in particular.

The editorial content of ‘Tempur’ has, since its inception, accorded high priority to the on-going force modernisation efforts of several Southeast Asian countries, with detailed reports of major procurements of military hardware as well as national defence R & D efforts being undertaken by several ASEAN and other Asia-Pacific countries. The title means Combat.

Further information:

Asian Airlines & Aerospace

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Asian Airlines & Aerospace’ (or ‘AA&A’) focused on commercial aviation developments in the Asia-Pacific region. It included special features, exclusive interviews and profiles of the region’s airline and aerospace industry. Publication frequency was 8-10 issues per year. Vol.11 No.2 was dated February 2004.

In late 2008 the title was sold by ADPR Consult to Global Business Press of Singapore, who renamed it ‘Asian Airlines & Airports’. The last issue from Malaysia was dated Sept-Oct 2008.

Further information: Asian Airlines & Aerospace

Asian Defence Journal

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Asian Defence Journal’ (‘ADJ’) reports on the latest developments and issues pertaining to defence and security matters of consequence to the Asia-Pacific region. Aims to provide a comprehensive and detailed editorial package comprising armed forces profiles, exclusive interviews with high-ranking defence officials, national defence industry profiles, and product briefings for land, naval and air forces.

In addition to the regular country briefings, interviews and product features, there are also company profiles which serve to introduce readers to particular military-industrial facilities or companies, and Retrotech features that give a detailed presentation on specific upgrades/refurbishment projects being undertaken for ground, naval and airborne systems by the Armed Forces of the Asia-Pacific. Published monthly, except January-February and July-August are combined issues. First published in 1970.

Further information:

Asian Defence & Diplomacy

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Asian Defence & Diplomacy’ (or ‘AD&D’) focuses on military developments in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a wide spectrum of substantive reports and analysis on defence and security issues, updates on new products, systems and technology, and articles and interviews on geo-politics in the region. Published bi-monthly. Vol.11 No.2 was dated February 2004.

Originally published by ADPR Consult of Malaysia, in late 2008 the title was sold to Global Business Press of Singapore.

Further information:
Asian Defence & Diplomacy
March/April 2009
Back Issues
Newsletter version

Asian Commercial Aviation

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Asian Commercial Aviation’ was another magazine concentrating on the fast growing airline market in China and the Asian region. First published in 1998 it initially appeared monthly, except January-February and July-August, which were combined issues. By 2005 it had moved to a bi-monthly schedule and by 2008 it was published quarterly. The declining publishing frequency, showed a reduced readership and the magazine ceased publication altogether circa 2009. Each issue had 36 pages.

Further information:
No sources found.