In general, human settlements are called villages, towns or cities, depending on size and importance. But more often than not, the difference between “town” and “city” is unclear.
In Malaysia, a human settlement, in accordance with English tradition, can only be called a city following the declaration of a royal charter by the monarch – in our case, the Yang di- Pertuan Agong. In contrast, all human settlements in the US are referred to as cities, even if there are only 99 residents in the place.
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