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.
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. – Useful Phone Directory
Passports and Visas
Malaysian government recognized all National Passport or Internationally recognized Travel Document. Any person not in possession of a Passport or Travel Document that is recognized by Malaysian Government must get a Document in lieu of Passport. Application for the Document in lieu of Passport can be made at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad. Holders of Travel Documents like a Certificate of Identity, Laisser Passer, Titre de Voyage or a Country’s Certificate of Permanent Residence must make sure that their return to the country that issued the document or the country of residence is guaranteed. . The former must have enough pages for the embarkation stamp upon arrival and be valid for at least six months at date of entry. The latter should be endorsed with a valid re-entry permit.
Foreign nationals who need a Visa whether using Single entry Visa, Multiple Entry Visa and Transit Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a Visa in advance at Malaysian Representative Office before entering the country. A visa is an endorsement in a passport or other recognized travel document of foreigner indicating that the holder has applied for permission to enter Malaysia and that permission has been granted. Foreign nationals who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a Visa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country. Visa, which has been granted, is not absolute guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
How To Apply For A Visa
Application for visas should be made at the nearest Malaysian Missions abroad. In countries where Malaysian Missions have not been established, application should be made to the British High Commission or Embassy. The applicant should present himself together with the following documents:
Passport or Travel Document
Form IM.47 (3 copies)
Three (3) passport sized photographs
Return or onward – journey traveling ticket
Proof of sufficient funds
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.
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.
Conversely, states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah, Friday is a day of rest with Thursday as half days workday.
Private sector hours are generally operates from 9am to 5pm (Monday-Friday) and 9am to 1pm (Saturday) while government office hours are usually from 8.30am to 5.30pm work on a five-day week. At present, many private sector companies operate on a five-day week.
Tipping is not a way of life in Malaysia, but is fast becoming one, depends entirely on you. Most hotels and large restaurants have already included a 10% service charge in addition to the 5% government tax to the receipt (indicated by the ++ mark on menus and rate cards) so tipping is needless.
Taxis in major cities of Malaysia are using a meter. Currently the rates are at RM2 for the first two kilometres and 10 sen for every following 200 metres. On the other hand, there’s a surcharge of 50% levied between midnight and 6am.
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.
It is generally safe to drink water straight from the tap, but it is safer to drink boiled water or bottled beverages.
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.
Generally the country is warm throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 21? to 32? Celsius in the lowlands, which is low as 16? Celsius in the highlands. Annual rainfall is heavy at 2,500mm (100 inches). On a rainy day, thunder and lightning often go together with the deep downpour, which normally lasts for about an hour or two. The high humidity level at 80% throughout the year favours light and sweat-absorbent material like cotton for daily dressing.
Commonly, Malaysia has two different seasons. The dry season occurs during the southwest monsoon during May till September. The northeast monsoon brings the rainy period to the country from mid-November and March.
Traditional and local delicacies that are sold by Food hawkers make up the everyday scenes in big or small towns throughout the country. Try our “teh tarik”, a smoothened, creamed tea, and “roti canai”, a fluffy pancake prepared by a local person of Indian Muslim ancestry. “nasi lemak” and a variety of kinds of Chinese noodles are also popular. People from all walks of life common these food stalls.