Kuala Lumpur is a city of variety, a status that shows itself in the composition of city’s population. Home to more than two million inhabitants, the Malaysian capital is a truly international megalopolis, with representatives from a variety different ethnic groups living within the city limits. Alongside the Malays, who are city’s native inhabitants, immigrants from China and India form Kuala Lumpur’s diverse community. Their ancestors originally moved to the Malay capital in order to work on the rubber tree plantations and in the tin mines, long ago.
The Malays compose the main part of the population. Civil servants from this group traditionally hold the highest state posts and control political life in the country. The second largest group is the Chinese, who stem mostly from the southern regions of the Celestial Empire. These were some of the first immigrants to come to the Malay Peninsula, and significantly influenced Kuala Lumpur’s economic development. As they were a hundred years ago, the Chinese are predominantly engaged in trade and business activities. The third large community is made up of Indians, with immigrants from the southern regions of India controlling much of the capital's business sector, in particular the restaurant business. Smaller ethnic minorities are Indonesians, Nepalese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and many others.
The majority of Kuala Lumpur’s population speaks Malay, which is country’s official state language. Several dialects of Chinese and some Indian languages, especially Tamil, are also widespread. Almost all of the locals speak English, although they often use a dialect known as Manglish – a mixture of classic English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
The representatives of the different nationalities living in Kuala Lumpur profess different beliefs. Islam is dominant in the country, and is recognized as Malaysia’s official religion, with more than half of the capital’s population practicing the faith. Rightly or wrongly, the country’s government stimulates the growth in Muslims followers in every possible way: motivating new followers by offering a range of incentives and privileges. Practiced by most of the Chinese and some Indians, Buddhism is the second most widespread religion here, which Kuala Lumpur is also home to the adherents of Christianity, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, and myriad other religious denominations.
However, despite difference of cultures, languages, and religions, most residents live peacefully side by side in this vivid and picturesque community. Their relationships are founded on the principles of tolerance, indulgence, and mutual respect. The residents of Kuala Lumpur are famous for incredible diligence and commitment, and it is largely due to these values that Malaysia’s capital is a leader amongst Asian cities in terms of economic growth.
Kuala Lumpur’s locals are noted for their kindness, and are invariably responsive and smiling. They create an attractively warm atmosphere that surrounds every guest to this wonderful city; and it is they that are the brightest colors in the tapestry of Kuala Lumpur.