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West Malaysia is located on the Malay Peninsula, bounded to the north by Thailand and to the south by Singapore; East Malaysia is located in the northern part of the Island of Borneo, bounded to the southeast by Indonesia and to the north by Brunei, a small enclave in the country. The relief of Peninsular Malaysia consists of a central mountainous nucleus surrounded by extensive alluvial plains that widen as they reach the coast.  East Malaysian geography is mainly mountainous. The Malaysian economy is based on its natural resources. The country is a large producer of hardwoods, rubber, cacao and palm oil. Petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron and gold are extracted from the subsoil. However, Malaysia also exports manufactured goods such as computer microchips and other electronic components.

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