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Kuala Lumpur has left its modest beginnings of a tin-mining shanty town behind to become a modern-day metropolis with some of the tallest skyscrapers in Asia. This city can leave no visitor disappointed with its historic temples and mosques alongside futuristic towers and shopping malls with street vendors and market stalls dotted in between.

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Language: Official Language is Malaysian with English an active second language for most people.
Time: UTC/GMT +8
Tax: VAT 6%
Electricity: 220-240 volts a/c
Measures: Metric (Imperial has limited use)
Tipping: This is not common practice. When in a restaurant for example, a service charge of 10% will automatically be added to a bill to cover tipping. However, if you are feeling extra generous you can tip extra by just leaving coins on the table for waiting staff.
Emergency Tel: 999 or 112 (Mobiles only)
Business hours: Government offices in the city are open from 8:00am to 5:30pm. There is a long lunch break on Fridays (12:15pm-2:45pm) to let Muslims pray.

Hot and sticky would be the best way to describe the climate. Temperatures in the city range from 21ºC to 33ºC with average humidity above 82%. Rain falls throughout the year with March, April and September to November being the wettest months.

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For men: Tie and jacket required. For women: suits, pants, jackets, skirts and dresses that, while not formal, are appropriate for a business environment.
Annual The Cooperative Meeting Generally: Light clothes because of the heat and high humidity.*

Gala Dinner: Smart casual, no sleeveless shirt or blouse, no short trousers and no slippers.
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*Modesty is observed in Malaysia, women are advised to avoid revealing clothing.

Followers of Islam make up 61% of the population of Malaysia and Islam is considered the state religion, although the constitution is technically secular. Buddhism is represented by just under 20% and Christianity 10%. The rest of the population is made up of Hinduism, Confucianism and other traditional Chinese religions

Currency: The currency of Malaysia is Ringgit/RM/MYR. Annual The Cooperative Meeting
Credit cards: They can be used in most shopping malls and hotels. Please note; not all small shops accept credit cards.
Banks and ATMs They can be found on every corner. If you want to change cash, use a moneychanger as they offer better rates than banks.
They are also usually open later and on weekends and found in shopping malls.

Pickpockets: On the whole Kuala Lumpur is a safe city but as with all major capitals, watch out for pickpockets. Annual The Cooperative Meeting
Credit card: When paying by credit card, ensure it is kept in plain sight. The card should not need to be taken away to process your bill.
Pavements: Be careful of uneven pavements which have a tendency to trip up an unsuspecting visitor.
Car driving: Cars drive on the left side of the road as per the UK, Australia etc.

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required to enter Malaysia. However, please check with your GP as to what they recommend.
Water: Tap water is usually safe, but most prefer to drink bottled water. Only drink bottled water with the seal intact and avoid ice at road stalls as it's not usually stored hygienically.
Yellow fever: If you have travelled from/through a yellow fever infected country then you must produce an International Health Certificate proving you have had the yellow fever vaccination. For more information, please click here. The certificate must be submitted with the visa application form and presented to the immigration officer at the point of entry into Malaysia. Annual The Cooperative Meeting

Handshake: When meeting someone for the first time, a handshake is normally used. Due to the Islamic culture of Malaysia, this is normally between people of the same gender. A handshake can be reciprocated if the woman offers her hand to the man not vice versa.
In public: Behaving appropriately in public is extremely important in Malaysia. Overt displays of affection such as kissing or hugging are to be avoided.
Mosques and temples: Remove shoes before entering a mosques and temples.
Bear in mind: Do not point at anything with your feet as feet are seen to be the lowliest part of the body. Furthermore, do not touch anyone on the head as it is the most sacred part.


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