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Situated between 2 and 7 degrees to the North of the Equator, Malaysia is separated by the South China Sea into two regions known as Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak). Malaysia consists of a total of 13 states and three federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan).

Area: 329,847 sq km
Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
Administrative: Putrajaya


Colonial Malaysia 1511AD – 1957AD was a time where Malaysia was ruled under various colonial powers; from the Portuguese in 1511 to the Dutch in 1641 followed by the British onwards. The British ruled what was then called Malaya until the Japanese occupation from 1942-1945. When World War 2 ended, British resumed control but Malaya’s independence movement reached its peak. On August 31, 1957, Malaya gained independence and Tunku Abdul Rahman became the first Prime Minister. Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

Climate & Weather 

Malaysia has a tropical climate and the weather is warm and sunny all year round with temperatures range from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F). Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F).

Malaysia has two monsoon seasons, between November and March with heavier rains and May and September. Humidity is high all year long. The annual rainfall volume varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.


Malaysia practices parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. Yang Di-Pertuan Agong known as the King, is the head of state for Malaysia and serves in a ceremonial role. The position of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is awarded to a different state monarch (sultan) every five years according to a rotation system. The head of government is the Prime Minister. Malaysia has a bicameral legislative system.


31 million (estimated in 2015 by Department of Statistics Malaysia – www.statistics.gov.my)
~Malaysia Truly Asia– multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual nation~


There are 62.3% of Bumiputeras including Malays, 22% of Chinese, 6.7% of Indians, 0.9% of other races (citizens) and 8.1% of non-citizens.


Official language: Malay language / Bahasa Malaysia
English is widely spoken with other vernacular languages such as Mandarin, Tamil, Iban and Dusunic languages are also spoken by the respective communities.


Official religion: Islam
Other religions are also widely practised by its multi-racial society.

Business Hours

  • Retail shops & Shopping Centres: 10.00am-10.00pm
  • Government offices: 8.00am-4.30pm (Mondays – Fridays)
  • Banking Hours: 9.15am-4.30pm (Mondays – Fridays)
  • Post Offices: 8.30am – 5.30pm (Mondays – Saturdays)

Immigration & Visa

Visitors must have a national passport or other internationally recognised travel documents with a validity period of at least 6 months beyond the length of stay in Malaysia. All passports and travel document must be endorsed for travelling in Malaysia. Most foreign nationals do not require a visa. However, please enquire about visa requirements at the Malaysian embassy before travelling to Malaysia.



  • CurrencyMalaysian ringgit (RM)
  • Calling code+60
  • Measurement System: Metric System
  • Time Zone: MST (UTC+8)
  • Voltage: 230/240 volts-50hz


Malaysia Visitors Guide Magazine is the authority on tourism in Malaysia. 2016 marks the 27th edition Malaysia Visitors Guide.

The publication provides insights for tourists on sightseeing, dining, shopping and all things about Malaysia and is considered to be the requisite inspiration and information for travellers to Malaysia. This magazine is a comprehensive, up-to-date and mesmerizing companion for all things about Malaysia which offers the reader a custom travel as if we were there with you and when you wish to be far from the ordinary.

In line with Malaysia’s direction in promoting the country as a preferred travel destination, Malaysia Visitors Guide continues its endless support by featuring and highlighting the many interesting events that has been lined-up for the entire year ahead.

Malaysia Visitors Guide is the only passport you need when you travel to Malaysia – “absolutely and uniquely Asia

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