Malaysia Abbreviations

MY is the abbreviation for Malaysia, the 66th largest country in the world. Malaysia is a country located in Asia, bordering 3 countries – Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. Major cities include Kota Bharu (population: 1,459,983), Kuala Lumpur (population: 1,453,964), Klang (population: 879,856), Kampung Baru Subang (population: 833,560), Johor Bahru (population: 802,478), Ipoh (population: 673,307), Kuching (population: 570,396), Petaling Jaya (population: 520,687), Shah Alam (population: 481,643), and Kota Kinabalu (population: 457,315).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Kuala Lumpur
  • Language: Malaysian
  • Area: 330,803 km2
  • Population: 32,049,689
  • Currency: Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Calling code: 60
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: MY
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: MYS
  • Internet TLD: .my
  • State Government Website:

Map of Malaysia

List of Malaysia Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Malaysia are MY which stands for Malaysia and MYR which means Ringgit (Malaysia currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Malaysia, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

MY: Malaysia

Abbreviation Meaning
AFPM Academy of Family Physicians Malaysia
ASM Academy of Sciences Malaysia
ASSEMBLY Academy of Sciences Malaysia
ATM Agilent Technologies Malaysia
AOR Alor Setar, Malaysia – Sultan Abdul Halim
AAM American Association of Malaysia
AMHB Amway Malaysia Holdings Berhad
ABIM Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia
ATM Angkatan Tentera Malaysia
AMBG Arab-Malaysian Banking Group
AMMB Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank
AFCSM Arsenal Football Club Supporters Malaysia
APSF ASEAN Para Sports Federation (Malaysia)
AAAA Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia
ACEM Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia
AMO Association Of Malaysian Optometrists
AMBM Association of Merchant Banks in Malaysia
AMBC Australia Malaysia Business Council
AAM Automobile Association of Malaysia
BAM Badminton Association of Malaysia
BKM Bakalalan, Malaysia
BIMB Bank Industri Malaysia Berhad
BIMB Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad
BNMA Bank Negara Malaysia
BNM Bank Negara Malaysia
BPM Bank Pertanian Malaysia
BTU Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia – Bintulu
BEM Board of Engineers Malaysia
BAM British Association of Malaysia
BMCC British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
BMI British Malaysian Institute
BIMP Brunei Darassalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines
BIMP-EAGA Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines – East Asean Growth Area
BIMP-EAGA Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East-Asian Growth Area
MYX Bursa Malaysia
CCM Chemical Company of Malaysia Bhd.
CICM Chemical Industries Council of Malaysia
CFM Christian Federation of Malaysia
CFM Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia
CMCF Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia
CPM Communist Party of Malaysia
CTRM Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd
DSM Department of Standards Malaysia
DOSM Department of Statistics Malaysia
DSMM Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia
DMAK Dewan Malaysia Abbasiyah Kaherah
DSAM Direct Selling Association of Malaysia
DUMEI Direktori Usahawan Malaysia Edisi Internet
ETOM Eagle Tour of Malaysia
EPSM Environmental Protection Society of Malaysia
FMM Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers
FMUTM Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers
FEM Federation of Women Entrepreneur Association Malaysia
FAM Football Association of Malaysia
FDPM Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia
FMDC Fotopages Malaysia Digital Community
FXMS Fuji Xerox Malaysia
FXM Fuji Xerox Malaysia
GSM Geological Society of Malaysia
HSSM Harris Solid State Malaysia
HICOM Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia
HPSM Hewlett-Packard Sales Malaysia
HMCE Higher Malaysian Certificate of Education
HLCM Hong Leong Company Malaysia Bhd.
IMT-GT Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle
IBMM Institut Bahasa Melayu Malaysia
IBBM Institut Bank-Bank Malaysia
IKIM Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia
IKM Institut Kimia Malaysia
IPGM Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia
ITNM Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia
ILAM Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia
IPRM Institute of Public Relations Malaysia
IQM Institute of Quality Malaysia
IEM Institution of Engineers, Malaysia
IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia
IPH Ipoh, Malaysia – Ipoh
IAMM Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
JKM Jabatan Kimia Malaysia
JPNM Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara Malaysia
JHB Johor Bahru, Malaysia – Sultan Ismail International
KDMM Kelab Dewan Malaysia Melbourne
KUJ Kelab UMNO Jordan (Malaysian organization)
KKM Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
KUIM Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia
KBR Kota Bharu, Malaysia – Sultan Ismail Petra
BKI Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu
KUL Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Subang Kuala Lumpur International
TGG Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – Sultan Mahmood
KUA Kuantan, Malaysia – Padang Geroda
KCH Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia – Kuching
KMM Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia
KFHMB Kuwait Finance House Malaysia Berhad
LBU Labuan, Sabah, Malaysia
LDU Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia – Lahad Datu
LGKS Langkawi, Malaysia
LGK Langkawi, Malaysia
LWY Lawas, Sarawak, Malaysia – Lawas
LGM Lembaga Getah Malaysia
LJM Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia
LPFM Lembaga Penapisan Filem Malaysia
LPM Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia
LIAM Life Insurance Association of Malaysia
LMN Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia – Limbang
MIM Made in Malaysia
MBIM Majlis Bahasa Indonesia-Malaysia
MSIA Malaysia
MY Malaysia
MYS Malaysia
MAA Malaysia Aikido Association
MH Malaysia Airlines
MAPA Malaysia Airlines Pilots’ Association
MATF Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair
MABA Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association
CSLR Malaysia and Singapore Company and Securities Law Reports
MSVCR Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register
MABA Malaysia Basketball Association
MCGC Malaysia Cocoa Growers Council
MCP Malaysia Conference on Photonics
MDO Malaysia Debate Open
MFI Malaysia France Institute
MHA Malaysia Hockey Association
MHL Malaysia Hockey League
MIDA Malaysia Industry Development Authority
MIA Malaysia International Aerospace Exhibition
MIBS Malaysia International Boat Show
MICC Malaysia International Conference on Communications
MIJF Malaysia International Jewellery Fair
MISC Malaysia International Shipping Corporation
MLBC Malaysia Lebanon Business Council
MMLM Malaysia Mental Literacy Movement
MMCB Malaysia Mining Corporation Bhd
MNOC Malaysia Nation of Character
MNBC Malaysia Norway Business Council
MPCB Malaysia Pacific Corporation Berhad
MAPEX Malaysia Property Exposition
MPH Malaysia Publishing House
MRA Malaysia Retailers Association
MSFD Malaysia Sports Federation of the Deaf
MSC Malaysia Super Corridor
MYT Malaysia Time
MYES Malaysia Year-End Sale
MYEF Malaysia Young Entrepreneur Forum
MIB Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei
MCFA Malaysia-China Friendship Association
MASB Malaysian Accounting Standard Board
MASA Malaysian Achehnese Students Association
MAS Malaysian Airlines System
MASSA Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association
MAFIS Malaysian Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System
MAB Malaysian Association for the Blind
MAPTB Malaysian Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis
MASO Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity
MAAA Malaysian Association of Accounting Administrators
MAAM Malaysian Association of Asset Managers
MAH Malaysian Association of Hotels
MAI Malaysian Association of Illinois
MAOMS Malaysian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
MASW Malaysian Association of Social Workers
MASH Malaysian Association of Speech-Language and Hearing
MAYC Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs
MAAB Malaysian Assurance Alliance Bhd.
MAA Malaysian Assurance Alliance Bhd.
MBA Malaysian Bengalee Association
MBA Malaysian Buddhist Association
MBMC Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre
MCA Malaysian Chinese Association
MCSN Malaysian Christian Songwriters Network
MCAR Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulation
MCSL Malaysian Civil Service Link
MSCL Malaysian Civil Service Link
MCB Malaysian Cocoa Board
MCMC Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
MYCERT Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team
MCBA Malaysian Contract Bridge Association
MCIS Malaysian Cooperative Insurance Society
MCG Malaysian Culture Group
MDA Malaysian Dancers’ Association
MDA Malaysian Dental Association
MDCH Malaysian Derivatives Clearing House
MDBC Malaysian Dutch Business Council
MERC Malaysian Economic Research Corporation
MEPS Malaysian Electronic Payment System
MEF Malaysian Employers Federation
MEMS Malaysian Endocrine & Metabolic Society
MES Malaysian Endodontic Society
MEVA Malaysian Equine Veterinary Association
MESDAQ Malaysian Exchange of Securities Dealing & Automated Quotation
MFD Malaysian Federation of the Deaf
MFA Malaysian Flying Academy
MFCA Malaysian Food Canners Association
MFA Malaysian Franchise Association
MFIC Malaysian Furniture Industry Council
MGSS Malaysian German Students Society
MGA Malaysian Golf Association
MGS Malaysian Government Securities
MHIA Malaysian Health Informatics Association
MHA Malaysian Highway Authority
MHF Malaysian Hockey Federation
MAHSURI Malaysian Human Settlement and Urbanisation Research Institute
MI Malaysian Idol
MIBA Malaysian Indian Business Association
MICROWAVE Malaysian Indian Congress
MIC Malaysian Indian Congress
MINT Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research
MIA Malaysian Institute of Accountants
MICG Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance
MIER Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
MIFT Malaysian Institute of Food Technology
MIPM Malaysian Institute of Personnel Management
MIN Malaysian Interfaith Network
MIFW Malaysian International Fashion Week
MIMB Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad
MIF Malaysian Islamic Finance
MISG Malaysian Islamic Study Group
MMA Malaysian Medical Association
MMC Malaysian Medical Council
MMS Malaysian Meteorological Service
MMVA Malaysian Motor Vehicle Assemblers Association
MMU Malaysian Multimedia University
MANCID Malaysian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
MNCF Malaysian National Cycling Federation
MNPS Malaysian Natural Products Society
MNS Malaysian Nature Society
MPOA Malaysian Palm Oil Association
MPO Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
MPOP Malaysian Pop
MPBA Malaysian Professional and Business Association
MPA Malaysian Psychiatric Association
MQR Malaysian Qualifications Register
MQL Malaysian Quality of Life
MQLI Malaysian Quality of Life Index
MRIC Malaysian Registry of Intensive Care
MRCB Malaysian Resources Corp. Bhd.
MRCB Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad
MRCA Malaysian Retailer-Chains Association
MYR Malaysian Ringgit
MRB Malaysian Rubber Board
MREPC Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council
MSF Malaysian Scholars Foundation
MASTIC Malaysian Science and Technology Information Centre
MSA Malaysian Scientific Association
MSAVA Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association
MSTD Malaysian Society for Training and Development
MSAI Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology
MSFA Malaysian Society of Financial Analysts
MSID Malaysian Society of Interior Designers
MSR Malaysian Society of Rheumatology
MSTB Malaysian Software Testing Board
MSSA Malaysian Steel Structure Association
MSLS Malaysian Student Leaders Summit
MTDC Malaysian Technology Development Corporation
MTBC Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress
MATAC Malaysian Textile and Apparel Centre
MTC Malaysian Timber Council
MTC Malaysian Timber Industry
MTUC Malaysian Trades Union Congress
MUSS Malaysian United Sikh Students
MUCED Malaysian University Consortium for Environment and Development
MUET Malaysian University English Test
MUA Malaysian Urological Association
MVCA Malaysian Venture Capital Association
MWA Malaysian Water Association
MWMT Malaysian Women in Ministry and Theology
MWFS Malaysian World Fertility Survey
MZS Malaysian Zoological Society
MFBC Malaysian-Finnish Business Council
MAFM Martial Arts Federation of Malaysia
MBAM Master Builders Association Malaysia
MYY Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia – Miri
MUAM Monash University Alumni Malaysia
MMT Monorail Malaysia Technology Sdn Bhd
MKM Mukah, Sarawak, Malaysia
MZV Mulu, Malaysia – Mulu Airport
NCCIM National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia
NCBM National Council for the Blind, Malaysia
NISER National ICT Security Emergency Response Center (Malaysia)
NIAM National Insurance Association of Malaysia
NSM Nutrition Society of Malaysia
OGSM Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia
OCM Olympic Council of Malaysia
OUM Open University of Malaysia
PORAM Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia
PMP Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd
PMIP Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
PAS Parti Islam Se-Malaysia
PEN Penang, Malaysia – Penang International
PMB Pepper Marketing Board Malaysia
PHIM Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia
PPIM Pergerakan Puteri Islam Malaysia
PNM Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia
PFSM Persatuan Falak Syarie Malaysia
PPPM Persatuan Pandu Puteri Malaysia
PPMC Persatuan Pelajar Malaysia Cork
PPIM Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia
PPIM Persatuan Pengurusan Ilmu Malaysia
PPPM Persatuan Perlindungan Pengguna Malaysia
PPIM Persatuan Perubatan Islam Malaysia
PUM Persatuan Ulama Malaysia
PPM Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia
PAM Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia
PERKESO Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial Malaysia
PTS PETRONAS Technical Standard (oil industry; Malaysia)
PDRM Polis Diraja Malaysia
PRDM Polis Raja Di Malaysia
PAMB Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad
PFBM Public Finance Berhad Malaysia
RTM Radio Television Malaysia
RMK Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan
RAM Rating Agency Malaysia Bhd.
RBCM Reformed Baptist Churches Malaysia
RM Ringgit Malaysia
RMSA RMSU Malaysian Students Association
REAM Road Engineering Association of Malaysia
RMN Royal Malaysian Navy
RMPXX Royal Malaysian Police
RMP Royal Malaysian Police
SAM Sahabat Alam Malaysia
SDK Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
SESMA Scientific Expedition to the Seas of Malaysia
SIEM Secretariat Institution of Engineers Malaysia
SMM Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia – Semporna
SMSA Sheffield Malaysian Students Association
SBW Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia – Sibu
SMSB Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd
SPM Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia
STAM Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia
STPM Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
SMSA Singapore Malaysian Student Association
SIMP Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
STMB Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd.
SALM Skim Akreditasi Ladang Malaysia
SAPAM Small Animal Practitioners’ Association of Malaysia
SMART Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team
SPMR Special Process Malaysia Rubber
SMR Standard Malaysian Rubber
SSM Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia
TKYHM Tai Kwong Yokohama Holding Malaysia
TIAM Taipei Investors’ Association in Malaysia
TPM Technology Park Malaysia
TM Telekom Malaysia
TMB Telekom Malaysia Berhad
TLDM Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia
TAM Thalassaemia Association of Malaysia
TEAM Timber Exporters’ Association of Malaysia
TTM Trans Thai-Malaysia Ltd
UHB UDA Holdings Berhad (Malaysia; property development and management)
UITM United Italian Trading Malaysia
UNAM United Nations Association of Malaysia
UDM Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia
UIAM Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
UKM Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
UMS Universiti Malaysia Sabah
UMT Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
UPM Universiti Putra Malaysia
USIM Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
USM Universiti Sains Malaysia
UTM Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
UUM Universiti Utara Malaysia
UBSM University Book Store Malaysia
UMS University Malaysia Sarawak
UPMT University Putra Malaysia Terengganu
VMCC Visit Malaysia Cyber Campaign
WMSO Wellington Malaysian Students’ Organisation
WCPM West Coast Peninsular Malaysia
WWFM World Wildlife Fund Malaysia
YJM Yayasan Jantung Malaysia


Malaysia is geographically divided into west and east. The western part of the country extends over the southern part of the Malay Peninsula. The eastern part is on the island of Borneo. On the Malay Peninsula, the landscape is characterized by mountain ranges with peaks up to 2,100 meters above sea level. The coast consists of lowland areas that extend inwards towards the mountains. The two borneo provinces consist of fertile lowlands in the northern coastal areas, which extend into hills and upland areas further inland. Farther south form high mountain ranges with peaks exceeding 4100 m. a natural border with the Indonesian parts of the island. Almost two-thirds of the country is covered by tropical rainforest. The climate is tropical, warm and humid all year round. There is most rainfall between September and November.

The biggest environmental challenges in Malaysia are related to shading. The country has a particularly large species diversity, which is threatened by harvesting and clearing of land. The forest and species diversity at Borneo is particularly affected by the establishment of large palm oil plantations. Another environmental problem is polluted drinking water, and air pollution in cities from unregulated emissions from cars and heavy industry.


The Malay Peninsula has been inhabited for more than 6,000 years, and has been divided into many different kingdoms and kingdoms. Around 100 BCE the Malay Peninsula came under Indian influence. In the 1300s, a sultanate (a kind of kingdom) emerged around the city of Malacca, which later controlled the entire peninsula. Through the Muslim Sultanate, Islam became the most widespread religion in the region.

In the 16th century, the Sultanate was conquered by Portuguese seafarers, before the Dutch and British occupied the area. Throughout the 19th century, Britain gradually gained more control over the Malay Peninsula. The British established rubber plantations, and imported Chinese workers as cheap labor. The Chinese minority gradually became dominant in the business world, while the local Malaysian population, and the large Indian minority, were pushed out of business and industrial areas. This became a source of ethnic conflict that still prevails today.

During the Second World War, the Peninsula of Malaya was occupied by Japan, leading to a growing independence movement. After the occupation, violent riots and guerrilla war broke out against the British colonial power. In 1957, Malaysia became independent, but major ethnic differences led to the country’s most Chinese-dominated province, Singapore, declaring independence from the rest of the country in 1965.

Society and politics

Malaysia is a federal state with 13 states. The head of state is a king, who is elected for five years at a time. The royal title goes on a tour of the sultans (monarchs) who lead nine of the country’s 13 states. The executive power lies with a prime minister and the government. Legislative power lies with a parliament consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The Senate has 44 representatives elected by the king, and 26 representatives from the states (two from each). The House of Representatives has 219 representatives elected in general elections for 5 years at a time. The prime minister is elected by the king from among the members of the House of Representatives.

Malaysia is a complex country with many cultures, languages, religions and ethnicities. Ethnic Malays make up over 60 percent of the population, Chinese descendants make up about 20 percent, and Indian descendants make up about 5 percent. In the country’s eastern provinces on Borneo, there are over 90 different indigenous peoples. Targeted policies to promote the position of ethnic Malays in society have led to riots and accusations of systematic racism against the minorities. Malaysia has a well functioning health care system and education system. However, women’s position in society is poor, and women are underrepresented in both politics and the labor market.

Economics and Commerce

Malaysia has a strong export-oriented economy. The country exports large quantities of rubber, crude oil, wood and palm oil. Good laws and an open market make the country attractive for foreign investment. The importance of agriculture to the country’s economy has decreased in line with the country’s economic growth. Since independence, the country has gone from being a commodity- producing developing country to becoming a middle-income country where industry and the service sector dominate the economy. Today, the oil company Petronas accounts for about 40 percent of the state’s revenue. Cars, electronics, rubber products and textiles are also produced. Since the 1980s, the tourism industry has also become a significant income for the country.

Malaysia is today among the most prosperous in the region. The percentage of poor people has dropped from around 50 per cent of the population in 1970 to below one per cent today. Prosperity is most visible in the industrialized areas west of the Malay Peninsula. In the eastern provinces of Borneo, and on the eastern side of the Malay Peninsula, industry and infrastructure are less developed. Malaysia is one of the most important members of the ASEAN regional cooperation organization, and has been one of the initiators of the “ASEAN Free Trade Area” which ensures free trade among the ten member countries.

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