Malaysia Genaral Information

Malaysia
 
Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-cultural melting pot with a cosmopolitan population made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous ethnic groups. Here, one can experience a wealth of cultural and racial diversity that is both colourful and unique.
 
Situated in the heart of South-East Asia, Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with no natural calamities. It is sunny all year round with occasional rain and temperatures ranging from 28°C to 36°C at night. Lightweight clothing is advised. The time zone here is 8 hours ahead of GMT.
 
The national language is Bahasa Melayu, but English is widely spoken and understood, and taught as a second language. AT KDU, the subjects are taught in English. The people of Malaysia also converse in a range of Chinese and Indian dialects.
 
Malaysia is rich in culture and a haven for food. It comes as no surprise that our country is well known for its variety of food. Diverse cuisine from gourmet to hawker food easily available at affordable prices The unique and authentic cooking styles and flavours of Malay, Chinese, Indian and the other ethnic communities is a very fulfilling experience. Apart from local cuisine, Western, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, Korean and many other types of cuisine can also be easily obtained.
 
Emergency Service Numbers:
Police & Ambulance: 999
Fire Brigade : 994
Civil Defense: 991
St.John’s Ambulance: 03 9285 1576
Red Cresent Society: 03 4257 8726
Accidents / Natural Disasters: 991
 
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Currency
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM, which is equivalent to 100 cents. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 sen and RM1. Currency notes are in RM1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. Foreign currency and traveler’s checks can be converted to Malaysian Ringgit at banks or authorized money changers throughout the country.
Airport Tax
An airport tax of RM5 and RM40 is charged upon departure for all domestic and international flight passengers respectively.
Telephone
Local calls can be made from public phones, whether coin or card operated. International calls can be made from phone booths with card phone facilities or at any Telecom offices. Most hotels are equipped with IDD services with a minimal service charge.
 
Tourist Police
Visitors who encounter unforeseen problems and difficulties can seek the Malaysian Tourist Police Unit for assistance. They often patrol tourist spots and will render assistance, as well as safeguard tourists’ security.
 
Business Hours
The country runs on a normal eight hours a day system with Saturday as half day and Sunday as a day of rest. In the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah, Friday is a day of rest with Thursday as half days. Department Stores and supermarkets are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Tipping
 Tipping is not a way of life in Malaysia, but is fast becoming one.
 
What to Wear
Light, cool, and casual clothing is recommended all year round. For more formal occasions, men should wear jackets, ties, or long-sleeved batik shirts whereas women should wear dresses.
 
Water
It is generally safe to drink water straight from the tap, but it is safer to drink boiled water or bottled beverages.
 
Medical Services
Medical services are available in most towns at government hospitals and private clinics. Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies, as well as supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centers.
 
Local Touch
Food hawkers selling traditional and local delicacies make up the everyday scenes in big or small towns throughout the country. One can try "teh tarik", a smoothened, creamed tea, and "roti canai", a fluffy pancake prepared by a local person of Indian Muslim ancestry. Spicy Malay food, such as "nasi lemak" and various kinds of Chinese noodles are also popular. People from all walks of life frequent these food stalls.
As Malaysia is a multi-religious country, various Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and Christian churches can be found almost anywhere. Despite the many changes and developments in the cities and big towns, Malaysia has many "kampung" (villages), jungles, beaches, and rice fields. Many houses in the "kampung" are built on stilts. Batik cotton fashion is popular in Malaysia . It can be used for casual wear, as well as formal functions.
Drug traffickers are sentenced to death by Malaysian Law.
 
Shopping
Malaysia is a shopper’s paradise. Shopping in Malaysia is an adventure of discovery. Since it is situated at the crossroads of Asia, it presents visitors the best that the region has to offer. It has rare treasures of the Orient, branded designer goods, and even intricate local handicrafts.The Malaysia Ringgit exchange is comparatively lower, thus enabling tourist dollars to be stretched much further here. The exemption of duty on certain items has also resulted in more competitive pricing and made shopping in Malaysia a much more attractive option.
One can also shop for items that come from fashion centers of the world. They are items like designer collections, elegant footwear, exclusive watches, optical items, and quality fabrics. Electrical appliances, electronic equipment, computers, and cameras are available too.
 
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