Clothing and Dress codes
Clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers are more suitable because Malaysia’s climate is generally hot and humid. As for the dress codes, Malaysians usually wear clothing styles which similar with Americans and Europeans, although modesty is observed.
Malaysia is still the world’s largest producer of palm oil, rubber, timber and tin, including manufacturing and service (especially, tourism) which have became main divisions of the economy. Besides, export of electronic products is also one of the major contributors to the nation’s economic growth.
Ringgit Malaysia (RM) is the Malaysian unit of currency, which divided into 100 sens. The currency comes into notes of RM 1, RM 2, RM 5, RM 10, RM 50 and RM 100. Besides, coins are issued in 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, and 50 sen denominations. Travellers Declaration Form can be obtained from the entry and exit points in Malaysia to declare all the currencies brought into and out of the country. Regulation of the government stated that non-residents are allowed to bring in and out of the country below RM1000 at any given time but foreign currencies are not regulated. All commercial banks are the authorized foreign exchange dealers. However, major hotels are only licensed to buy or accept foreign currencies in form of notes and travellers cheques.
Travellers Cheques and Credit Cards
Most international credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express and Diner Club are widely accepted in the cities. Have the passport ready whenever visitors wish to cash the travellers’ cheques. It is advisable to have Ringgit on hand since the shops do not accept credit cards or travellers’ cheques. Money-changers and banks are plentiful in towns and cities to exchange currency which gives visitors a better exchange rate than hotels or shops.
There are no major diseases in Malaysia. When visiting Sabah and Sarawak or the remote or swampy areas of Peninsular Malaysia, anti-malaria pills or injections are advised. Those coming from yellow fever endemic areas on the African and South American continents are required to have been inoculated against the fever.
Electricity and Voltage
Electric supply is on a 240-volt AC at 50-cycle per second. Visitors from countries using different electricity voltage systems are advised to bring their converters and adaptors.
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.
POS Malaysia is the national postal company which provides standard postal services, registration service, bulk mailing, franking service, insured letters services, post office box service and payment collection counters. POSLAJU Malaysia is the premium service and is known as EXPEDITED MAIL SERVICE (EMS). Its domestic network comprises of 135 outlets and links with 45 countries internationally.
For more information, please visit the POS Malaysia’s website at www.pos.com.my.
Internet services are also widely available particularly in town areas. All internet cafes use a fast Internet connection of 512Mbps to 4Mbps. The rate per hour usage is differing from one place to another.
Weights and Measures
Malaysia follows the metric system which based on the metre and the gram in weights and measures.
Entry Formalities and Visa Requirements
An International Passport or valid travel documents recognized by the Malaysia Government and internationally is required of any foreign national entering Malaysia. Moreover, the former must have sufficient pages for the embarkation stamp upon arrival and be valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry.
The latter should be endorsed with a valid re-entry permit. Visa is not required for travellers coming from Commonwealth countries, except Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Citizens of Israel, Serbia and Montenegro are not allowed to enter Malaysia without prior approval of the Government. Those coming from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand are required to have a visa unless they are on a Social or Business visit for less than one month. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Department's website at www.imi.gov.my.
The cellular telephone is common and there are many services available such as 012 and 017 (Maxis Communications Bhd), 016 (Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd), and 013 and 019 (Celcom (M) Sdn Bhd). Prepaid cards and International Direct Dial (IDD) cards which allow mobile phone usage are widely available at very affordable rates. Besides, Telekom Malaysia provides extensive phone services, including direct dialing to over 200 countries. The operator on 101, directory enquiries on 103, and the international operator 108. The international dialing code for Malaysia is 60 and the area code for Kuala Lumpur is 03. When calling Malaysia from overseas dial 00 + country code + area code + telephone number. For example, to call a number 7788 9999 in Kuala Lumpur from overseas, dial 0060377889999. Though, when calling Kuala Lumpur from another place within Malaysia with different area code, then dial 0377889999.