马来西亚是自 1957年脱离英国殖民地以后独立。东马则是在 1963年才加入，成了马来西亚联邦。东西马被海洋分割，族群、宗教、文化与经济发展程度都存在一定差异。
If asked to name some cities in Malaysia, most might immediately think of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca or Penang. These cities are all located in West Malaysia, which make up only half of Malaysia.
Malaysia is divided into two parts by the South China Sea. The western part or Malay Peninsula is commonly known as West Malaysia and comprises 11 states. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is located in West Malaysia. The eastern part of Malaysia is located on the northern part of Borneo and is known as East Malaysia. Sarawak and Sabah are located in East Malaysia.
Malaysia gained independence from British colonial rule in 1957, and East Malaysia joined the federation in 1963, forming the independent state of Malaysia. The separation by the sea between East and West Malaysia has resulted in differences in ethnicity, religion, culture and economic development.
How do the people on both sides perceive each other? Is there a risk of division between East and West Malaysia? How has Malaysia's current political landscape changed the political status of East Malaysia?
In this episode of Global Heartbeat podcast, host Han Yong Hong and Lianhe Zaobao Kuala Lumpur correspondent Seoow Juin Yee take a closer look at the differences between East and West Malaysia.
Hosted by Lianhe Zaobao’s Associate Editor, Han Yong Hong, Global Heartbeat is a Mandarin weekly news and current affairs podcast that is updated every Tuesday, 7.00 PM SGT. It is available on zaobao.sg, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms.