Malaysia

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Malaysia , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks: from 10.00 to 15.00, Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 11.30 on Saturday.



Transportation

Road
The road network is rather limited but air transport is very developed and river network is often used, although it is slow. The condition of the highways crossing the country from North to South is satisfactory. The regular road network is in a variable condition but it is rather correct. No specific problems in terms of fuel supply. There is a very high rate of road accidents. In the event of an accident, it is necessary to call the police who will draw up a report. A third-party insurance is compulsory.



Air
The maintenance of domestic lines aircrafts ("Malaysia Air Lines") does not call to any particular remark.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .my



Basic conversation guide

Yes = ya
No = tidak
Thank you = terima kasih
Hello = helo
Goodbye = selamat tinggal
I do not understand = saya tidak faham
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Berapakah harga ini?
I would like to buy = Saya hendak beli...
Do you accept credit cards? = Adakah anda menerima kad kredit?
Where is? = Di manakah?
An airport = lapangan terbang
The station = stesen keratapi
Post office = pejabat pos
The bank = bank
The police station, the police force = balai polis
The pharmacy = farmasi
One ticket to ..., please. = Tolong bagi sajkfvldjtu tiket ke...
Would you have any vacancies for tonight? = Masih ada bilik?.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Malay. In general, Malay, English, Hokkien, Cantonese and Tamoul are the languages spoken in Malaysia. In Western Malaysia, people mainly speak Malay (68.4%). In the Sabah State, the most frequently spoken languages are Javanese (27%) and Malay (22,6%). English is spoken as second language. Malay is spoken by two thirds of the population (both as mother tongue and as a second language). The linguistic policy of Malaysia favors Malay which is the national language but uses English as the common language in order to facilitate communication.


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