Malaysia Local Customs

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Malaysia Local Customs

  • Dress

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    I was really nervous about what to wear when I went to KL. Because they are a majority Muslim country I wasn't sure if I would be offending them if I wore shorts or a skirt. I spent the first two days there wearing jeans when it was stinking hot and really humid! I ended up asking one of our tour guides and he said that wearing shorts and skirts is...

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  • chinese religious practices

    Penang Local Customs

    This year 2014 I make a date for the purpose for visiting the famous Chiew Jetty, Weld Quay offerings and prayers to the annual Emperor Jade of Haven for the first time. This traditional Chinese, especially the Hockkien from Fujian province in South China, still practice the annual offering during the 8 day, 1st month of the Chinese lunar...

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  • Festivals

    Melaka Local Customs

    Merry Christmas from the Portuguese Village, one of the last places on earth where Kristang is still spoken! Malaysia's national Xmas celebration this year (with the King in attendance) is being held at this village today (Dec 26)!

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  • Etiquette

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    When you meet a Malaysian, especially a Malay, the right way to shake hand is to offer both your hands and gently grip the other person's hand. He or she would definitely do the same. Of course, the Western way is mostly and widely accepted as Malaysians are very liberal and Westernised but it's just a guide of how Malaysian cultures are.

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  • Food Culture

    Penang Local Customs

    Those who travel around Penang, you should try out Penang Local food like Hokkien Mee, Laksa, Char Koay Teoh. This 3 is the top famous local food for penang. One of the restaurant had been operate for more then 30 years located at Island Glades, Genting Restaurant have all those 3 mentioned dish yet pretty delicious. On top of that, you can also...

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  • Religions

    Melaka Local Customs

    Shoes must be removed when you enter places of worship such as mosques and temples. In some mosques female visitors are expected to wear scarves. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually allowed but it is polite to ask for permission first It is also polite remove your shoes before entering a Malaysian home, The right forefinger should...

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  • Religion

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    Kuala Lumpur is generally easy going, but don't forget this is a muslim country and in KL there are very proud about their religion. KL is actually a hub for Islamic Finance, there are plenty of mosques here too but understand that tourists can't access most of them.

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  • Traditional costumes

    Penang Local Customs

    In Malaysia many of the women wear head dresses because a large part of the country is muslim. They have to be worn when out in public. These do not have to be worn by women who are not muslim that are in the country.

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  • GREETINGS !

    Melaka Local Customs

    Greetings can be a slightly complicated affair. ‘Selamat’ is the greeting word, but you must specify the time. • Selamat pagi = Good Morning • Selamat tengah hari = Good Afternoon (from noon to about 2pm) • Selamat petang = Good Afternoon/Good Evening • Selamat malam = Good Night I did have a grumpy policeman on a train just say ‘Pagi’ to me...

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  • Currency

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    the Malaysian Ringgit ( RM) is the official currency of the federal states of Malaysia. the malysian currency was named the Malaysian Dollar before 1975 and since then, the Ringgit (which means jagged in bahasa malaysia) was adopted as the Name of the currency. The malaysian riggit comes at RM 1, RM 5, RM 10, RM 20, RM 50, RM 100, RM 500, and...

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  • Taboo for gifts ....

    Penang Local Customs

    Another world - another culture - another habit... our top-model learned her lesson when changing her clothes in the centre of Georgetown. She got pushed into the van at the moment we all could see she was wearing a string. Fortunatedly she understood you cannot grant some traditional people the beauty of your flesh ... So it is with some other...

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  • Durian

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    Durian. Be prepared for a very special smell. It might take a little while to get used to the smell and taste. However, it tastes much better than it smells. It is most often forbidden to take durians in hotels or taxis and absoloutly forbidden in airplanes. You'll get fined if you do!

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  • Chinese business

    Penang Local Customs

    When we were children, travelling through Malaysia and Borneo, in all towns, the stores would be owned by the Chinese, usually by the family and we always saw the student, son or daughter sitting in a corner studying or doing their homework. these kinds of stores are slowly disappearing and i was happy to see this one in Penang. The owner said he...

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  • National Mosque

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    Although there are some pamphlets inside the Mosque, the attendants enforce a policy that the toilets at the main entrance to the Mosque are FOR MALAYSIANS ONLY! The attendants prevented my non-Malaysian friend from entering. Although they are not labeled FOR MALAYSIANS ONLY! (which is clear in the photos) that is their policy, according to the...

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  • Art and performances

    Penang Local Customs

    well the Chinese Opera is only featured mainly during the Hungry Ghost festival or during the birthday of Chinese Gods or Deity....and mainly cater to older folks ...perhaps its because the younger generation doesnt understand what is being conveyed ....a dying art itself no wonder its being perform for the spirit and celestial beings ...

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  • Language

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    This is one of the most facinating experiences during the visit to Malaysia. As Bahasa native speaker (which has similarity with Malay Language), we understand each other when we speak in Malay. Although after several times misscommunication with our Malaysian friends (some of similar words turn to be different meaning), we decided to speak in...

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  • Buddhism in Penang

    Penang Local Customs

    ►Wesak Day (May 25) This is the most important day of the Buddhist Calendar as it marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Buddhist devotees will gather in temples throughout the country to release doves and to offer prayers. Wesak is also an occasion to offer alms to monks and give free meals to the needy. Now, wouldn't you...

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  • Weather & Climate

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    It is very hot and sticky in Kuala Lumpur. Luckily the shopping centres and even some of the street vendors have icy cold aircon - the best aircon i have ever experienced. Travelling must still go on and i recommend that you have a bottle of water with you at all times. You will be amazed at how fast you can go through that bottle. The city...

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  • Water

    Kuala Lumpur Local Customs

    as in any major cities, people don't generally trust tap water and hence the water refilling stations and water bottling companies are making a killing selling various kinds of bottled water like distilled water, spring water, mountain spring water, alkaline water, purified water and more and here in Kuala Lumpur is no Different so yopu can buy...

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  • Take shoes off before....

    Take shoes off before entering—yes, a Mosque—but also, a private home. (I got yelled at again for not taking off my shoes when entering a home too!)A rack is usually kept on the front porch for the deposit of shoes, but beware of thieves who steal only the good quality shoes in broad day light! This happened only once while I was in Malaysia and...

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  • Malaysia during ramadan.

    The majority of the population in Malaysia is muslim so tamadan is celebrated quite a lot in the country and that alos has a little effect on various things because of the fasting that mean that the majority of the muslims fast during the daylight hours.But Malaysia is multi cultural though and you have over 50 ethnic groups in the country...

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  • Fun Facts about Malaysia from Emily...

    Just read these fun facts about Malaysia from Emily Young from the internet, posted April 2010 http://emilyyoung.theworldrace.org/?filename=11-fun-facts-about-malaysia1.They drive on the Left side of the road.2.Islam is the official religion of the country.3.Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home. Sometimes even in shops you...

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  • GREETINGS !

    Greetings can be a slightly complicated affair. ‘Selamat’ is the greeting word, but you must specify the time. • Selamat pagi = Good Morning• Selamat tengah hari = Good Afternoon (from noon to about 2pm)• Selamat petang = Good Afternoon/Good Evening• Selamat malam = Good Night I did have a grumpy policeman on a train just say ‘Pagi’ to me one...

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  • Wayang Kulit...

    A spellbinding medium for storytelling, the Wayang Kulit is a traditional theatre form that brings together the playfulness of a puppet show, and the elusive quality and charming simplicity of a shadow play. Its origin remains a mystery, though it appears to have a strong Javanese and Hindu influence. Today, it is spread out, in various forms and...

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  • Say 'Asalamu Alaikum' to any muslims in...

    ENTRY POINTS - Visitors can enter Malaysia by air, sea and road/train. The main entrances are as follows : International Airports,Ports,Roads,Trains. ARRIVAL - Upon arriving in Malaysia, visitors are to declare all dutiable or prohibited goods in their possession. Visitors are required to unpack and repack their baggages themselves for customs...

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  • Rip-roaringly, funny travelogue.

    'Ye Gods, old man-don't do it!' you're bound to shriek on page 1 of this hilarious travelogue, on which the author lists the hazards that may befall him-vipers, cholera, crocs, ticks, tuberculosis, malaria, rabies, and 1,700 types of parasitic worms among them. After all, portly, over-the-hill London Times literary reviewer Redmond O'Hanlon hasn't...

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  • Rubber Tapping

    Along with tin, Malaysia's early economy was built on rubber. Rubber tapping is the process whereby natural rubber, called latex, is collected from a rubber tree. A small incision is made in the bark of a rubber tree with a special tool in order to cut the latex vessels. The dripping latex is then collected in a small container attached to the...

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  • Malaysia Culture

    Malaysia has three primary races; Malays, Chinese and Indians. The Malays far outnumber the others and the government has struggled to lift them out of their current state and provide wealth and prosperity to this group. Malaysia has had a Prime Minister since its independence in 1957. Abdullah Ahmad Badawiwas PM for 22 years and instituted many...

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  • A Muslim Nation

    Malaysia is a Muslim country; 80 percent of the population is Muslim. For a westerner, not used to this the various accountrements stood out for me. The clothing is varied, from women covered completely except for their eyes, to the more common covered head and body but face and hands free, to a simple veil covering the head, a pretty patterned and...

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  • Shaking Hands

    If you are a man, shaking hand with Muslim men is fine.BUT when meeting woman with hand scarf, unless she initiate hand shaking, it is best not to try to shake hand - nothing personal, just a culture and region thing.

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  • surprising new friends

    My good friend MC had organized a dinner at a Chinese Restaurant (large sumptous, only chinese diners) and for me to meet Mr H and his wife. it is not often one meets an intellectual (having spoiled in Cuba where the intellectual life is so rich).. Mr H is a movie affecionado to an intense degree and his knowledge is wide, and it was while...

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  • Hello

    Malaysia is a Muslim county. Therefore in MOST places esp the city centres, it is absolutely premissable to shake a Malay woman's hand (if you're a male). However exercise caution in the rural areas where some of them might just smile. So don't get offended if they don't choose to shake your hand in return.

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  • Minority News from Malaysia

    Here is the latest corporate news on very rich minority Chinese and Indian. As you can see the richest man in Malaysia is Mr. Kuok and the second is an Indian, Mr. Ananda Krishnan . Mr. Krishnan also owns the Petronas Twin Tower, Maxis ( one of the top telecommunication operator in Malaysia) and many key businesses such as gaming.  Astro...

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  • Tropical Fruit

    The equatorial climate greatly favors the growth and abundance of local fruit such as durian, rambutan, jackfruit, langsat and other more known delicious edibles.The pungent durian can be a weird surprise to most unaccustomed palates. This fruit stinks - literally - and in many cities throughout the region it's forbidden to carry it on public means...

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  • National Culture Policy

    National Culture of Malaysia is defined in the "1971 National Culture Policy".The policy of national culture defines 3 principles as guidelines for 'national culture':1. The National Culture must be based on the indigenous [Malay] culture 2. Suitable elements from the other cultures may be accepted as part of the national culture 3. Islam is an...

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  • THE MALAYSIAN FLAG

    The Malaysian flag uses the United States flag as a model, hence its similarity. The current version was adopted September 16, 1963. The 14 red and white stripes represent the 14 states within the country. The gold star and crescent are symbols of Islam, and the blue field represents the unity of the Malay people.

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  • Chinese Tomb Clearing

    Around April annually, if you are travelling in Malaysia, you will suddenly see patches of the hills cleared with many Chinese tombs.During "Qing Ming" or "Cheng Beng", many Chinese families will visit their ancestors tombs on site to remember or pray as filial homage and for good fortune for the living descendants.Tombs are on hillside as this is...

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  • Preparing for Chinese Lunar New Year

    Feb 18, 2007 is the first day of Chinese New Year - the year of the boar.Spring cleaning starts early in every Malaysian Chinese household and decorations and lanterns are hung.Red is the color of Chinese New Year. Bringing good luck. Many will wear red on the first day of the year. There are a lot of choice ranging of flower blossoms, red lanterns...

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  • Chinese New Year - Year of the Boar 2007

    Feb 18, 2007 is the first day of the new lunar Chinese year. This year is the Year of the Golden Boar. As you may know there are 12 animals in the Chinese calendars. The first is the Mouse, followed by Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and the 12th is the Boar.So get a piggy bank to save for a prosperous new year....

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  • Gazetted National Holidays

    Many foreign investors complained that Malaysia has too many public holidays. Yet these holidays of various ethnic groups and religious celebrations add color and vibrancy to the nation and a delight for visiting tourists too. Each State and Federal Territories have 1 or more additional State holidays.Below are only for nationwide public holidays....

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  • Pongal - Tamil Hindu New Year

    On January 15, 2007, all Tamil Hindus around the world and in Malaysia will be celebarting their new year.Stalks of sugar cane will be placed at the entrance of the doors of houses. Claypots will be filled with milk and boiled at home. Colorful designs of Kolam of geometric shapes using colored grains of rice on the floor to welcome the new year...

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  • Thaipusam - Major Hindu festival

    This year Thaipusam falls on February 1, 2007. It is a major festival and a public holiday in the states of Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johor where there is a sizeable Malaysian Indian community. There are several major processions including at Batu Caves, Selangor.In Penang Island, many Hindus and even non-Hindu Chinese devotees...

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  • Signs of "Kem Latihan"

    In all the states of Malaysia, especially near some of the outdoor tourist destinations, you will see this sign "Kem Latihan" (Training Camp) which is for "Program Khidmat Malaysia" (National Service Program). There are over 43 training centers.These are training camps started in 2003 for Malaysian youths of both gender upon reaching 18 years of...

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  • Do you celebrate Christmas in Malaysia?

    I have been often asked this question. Malaysia's official religion is Islam while many other communities are free to worship other religions including Christianity.Christmas is considered as a festival season by many Malaysians. Many attend Christmas dinners or parties even though they are not Christians. So you will hear Christmas carols and...

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  • Try out the massage chairs at shopping...

    All over Malaysia, in major shopping malls, there are massage chairs of different price range on display and to try out for potential customers.It is not uncommon to see many locals trying them out after a long day of walking and shopping. It is part of a sales promotion as well a chance to try out a new gadget.And so if you need some "free"...

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