Terengganu is predominantly Malay Muslims and so it is considerably amongst the most conservative states in Malaysia. So unlike in KL, Penang or Johor, you may want to be dressed more conservatively and avoid public show of affection when you are in Kuala Terengganu or the smaller coastal towns and villages to respect the locals.
On the islands, of course, beach wear is fine but topless sunbathing is a big no no.
You will see more conservative dressing amongst the locals. Drinking pubs and trendy dancing clubs are best to be sought in KL and Penang but golden sand palm finged beaches, colorful boat building villages and bright starry nights are the best in Terengganu.
Additional State Holidays - Terengganu
The Sultan of Terengganu is currently now the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia - the Kingof Malaysia. His Regent takes over the royal roles in Terengganu.
If you are in Terengganu, watch out for these additional state public holidays.
Note that here, Saturday and Sunday are working days while Thursday and Friday are off days.
4 March 2008 Tuesday
Anniversary of Coronation of Sultan of Terengganu
20 July 2008 Sunday
Birthday of Sultan of Terengganu
17 September 2008 Wednesday
(Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor, Terengganu only)
Around the state of Terengganu and especially in towns such as Cukai/Kemanan, you will see billboards in public places which encourage female muslims to please cover up when they go out of the house. It serves as a reminder that in an islamic state such as this one, there are cultural norms and differences here to be observed. Please be aware that some Muslim women will not shake hands and if in doubt, you may wish to just nod and smile instead.
The Malaysian Federal Government led by our Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi encourages a moderate form of Islamic practices. Despite the need to be somewhat conservative in dressing, the women here are simliar to other women in Malaysia and the world-they do own property, are out in the workforce, some have their own small businesses and they do drive cars.
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