- Chief of State:
- King Muhammad V of Kelantan
- Head of Government:
- Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
- Government Name:
- Adopted: 1957; Establishes the Federation as a constitutional monarchy with the role of Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Head of State) being largely ceremonial. It also provides for the establishment and the organization of three branches of the government: the bicameral legislative branch (Parliament) which consists of the House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat) and the Senate (Dewan Negara); the executive branch led by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers; and the judicial branch.
- Government Type:
- Constitutional Monarchy
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The King is largely a ceremonial role and is head of state. The prime minister is the head of government, leads the cabinet of ministers and can choose to not appoint a Deputy Prime Minister if they so please.
Monarchy is elected by hereditary state rulers. The prime minister is designated by parliament.
At least once within 5 years
The highest court and the final appellate court in Malaysia.
Justices appointed by the monarch on advice of the prime minister.
Mandatory retirement age of 65
The Dewan Negara reviews legislation that has been passed by the lower house. If the Dewan Negara rejects a bill, it can delay the bill's passage by only a year before it is sent to the King. The Dewan Rakyat is the lower house of parliament - all bills must be passed by both houses before they are given Royal Assent.
The Dewan Negara has 44 members that are appointed by the monarch, 26 members are elected by state legislatures. The Dewan Rakyat members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.
Dewan Negara: 3 years; Dewan Rakyat: 5 years
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Tax Information 
- Tax Authority:
- Royal Malaysia Customs Department
- Tax Name:
- ElectionGuide http://www.electionguide.org/
- EY, http://www.ey.com
- CIA World Factbook, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
- U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/