Introduction of MALAYSIA

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Country Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia and the states of
Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo.

Geographical Location Lying 2 to 7 degrees north of the Equator, Peninsular Malaysia is separated from Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea.The Peninsular shares a common border with Thailand in the north, while its southern neighbour is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak share a common border with Indonesia while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei Darussalam

Area 329,758 sq km

Population 25 million

Capital Kuala Lumpur

People Malays make up about 57% of the population, with
Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups making up the rest.

Language Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language but
English is widely spoken. Malaysians also speak various languages and dialects.

Religion Islam is the official religion but all other religions are
practiced freely.

Government A Parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislative system, with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as Head of State, and the Prime Minister as Head of Government.

Climate Malaysia has a warm tropical climate. Temperatures range
from 21°C to 32°C. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

Entry Requirements Visitors must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Citizens of most countries do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information, please visit or call the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission or Tourism Malaysia office.

Currency The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit, which is
denoted as RM. Foreign currencies can be converted at banks and money changers.

Banking Hours In all states except Kelantan, Kedah and Terengganu, working days are Mondays to Fridays.

Time Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S.
Pacific Standard Time.

Electricity Voltage is 220 - 240 volts AC at 50Hz cycles per second.

Measurement System Malaysia uses the metric system.

Telephone Local calls can be made from public phones using coins
and prepaid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with phone card facilities or at any Telekom Malaysia office.


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