29.3 million, (1.7 million within Kuala Lumpur city centre), (5.6 million within Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley)
Malays make up approximately 55% of the population and are the predominant group, while the other 45% are made up of Chinese, Indians and indigenous groups.
Bahasa Malaysia or Malay is the official language while English is widely spoken. Most Malaysians speak at least two languages, Malay and English, while some are tri-lingual, being able to converse in Mandarin or Tamil too. The indigenous groups also speak various languages and dialects.
- TIME ZONE
Most nationalities do not require a visa for social or business visits but must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with six months validity beyond the period of stay. For those nationalities that require a visa, applications can be made at the nearest Malaysian overseas mission with the following documentation:
- Visa application form with three passport-sized photographs
- National passport with remaining validity period of six months
- Letter of introduction or invitation
- For more information, please visit www.imi.gov.my
Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures range from a low of 21°C (70°F) to a high of 32°C (90°F). The highlands are cooler with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.
The currency is Malaysian Ringgit, indicated as MYR. Foreign exchange booths are common and clearly state the exchange rate for all major currencies. ATMs are located at major bank branches, shopping malls, airports, bus terminals, etc. Note that ATMs in Malaysia require a six-digit pin. Please be advised that if your PIN is more or less than six digits, it should be changed before departing.
- BANKING HOURS
Generally, banking hours in Malaysia are from 9:00am – 4:30pm (Mondays – Fridays), although some banks do extend their banking hours. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are available at convenient locations throughout the country. All the main credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted in major institutions and an ever growing number of shops and restaurants.
230/240 volts - 50hz
- WEIGHTS & MEASURES
High speed wireless connection is easily accessible at exhibition centres, hotels, cafés, and shopping malls, with complimentary usage available at selected locations.