Malaysia is comprised of Peninsular or West Malaysia (11 States and 2 Federal Territories) and East Malaysia across the South China Sea on the island of Borneo (2 States) and a third Federal Territory, the island of Labuan. The combined land mass is about 330,400sq km (127,000sq miles).
Malaysia has a tropical rainforest climate with an average temperature of 27C (80.6F). The dry season occurs during the southwest monsoon from May through to September with the rainy season during the northeast monsoon from mid-November through to March.
The capital is Kuala Lumpur.
The population of Malaysia is 30.02 million with a rich culture diversity of Malays (51%), Chinese (24%), Indian (7%), Indigenous (11%) and Others (7%).
Islam is the state religion. Buddhism is the predominant religion for many Malaysian Chinese with Hindu temples and Christian churches found throughout the country.
Languages spoken include English, Bahasa Malaysia (Malay is the official language), Mandarin and Tamil.
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Banking hours are from Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm.
Federal Constitutional Monarchy
Head of Government
Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak
Industries include Oil & Gas, Palm Oil and Rubber Processing, Logging and Timber, Electronics, Islamic Banking and Food Manufacturing.
It is recommended that tap water be filtered or boiled before drinking.
Tipping is discretional as most hotels and restaurants already include a 10% service charge on the bill.
There is a 6% goods and services tax levied on most transactions.
Personal mosquito repellant is recommended due to the prevalence of dengue fever.