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Plenary and Keynote Speakers


  • Professor Toyoki Kunitake
    University Professor, Kyushu University

  • Professor Gordon J. Tiddy
    Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester

  • Prof. Benjamin Boyd
    Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
    Australia

  • Prof. Shih-Yuan Lu
    National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

  • Prof. Hirotaka Ihara
    Kumamoto University, Japan

  • Prof. Chen Binghui
    Xiamen University Malaysia

  • Prof. Jin-Woong Kim
    Hanyang University, S. Korea

  • Dr. Annela Seddon
    University of Bristol, UK


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Local Information

People, Language, Culture

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multilingual society. Major ethnic groups being the Malays, Chinese, Indians and indigenous people. The national language of the country is Malay Language. Islam is the state religion while allowing freedom of religion for others.

 

Weather

Malaysia’s weather is hot and humid, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31 °C (88 °F), dropping to around 24 °C (75 °F) in the evenings. From late May to September, the Southwest Monsoon bringing rainfall to the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This affect places like Kuala Lumpur, Melacca, Penang, and Langkawi, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.

 

Electricity and Voltage

The voltage used is 220-240 AC, 50 hertz. The plug sockets tend to be 3-pronged pins more often than not, but adaptors are cheap and easy to buy.

Currency

The local currency is the Malaysia Ringgit (RM). The current exchange rate against the US dollar is USD 1 = RM 4 approximately. Money changing services can be found at many shopping centres and hotels around the city, and the ATMs accept most main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Food and Cuisine

Malaysia has large number of eating places from luxurious restaurants to roadside food stalls which serve everything from fast food to authentic Malay, Chinese, India, Thai, Korean and Japanese cuisines. The multi-ethnic makeup of Malaysian population has offers a culinary diversity, the popular delicacies include ais kacang, asam laksa, bubur cha cha,  cendol, char kway teow, chicken rice, kuih-muih, mee goreng, nasi lemak, otak-otak, rojak, roti canai, satay, teh tarik etc.

 

 

Transport

Malaysia has one of the most extensive and efficient public transportation systems in the world. Traveling in the city and suburbs is typically a quick and affordable affair.

Rail Transport

The rail transport system in KL is fairly modern and efficient. The systems comprises Airport Rail Link (KLIA Ekspres & KLIA Transit), Monorail, Light Rapid Transit (Kelana Jaya Line & Ampang Line),  and KTM Komuter.

The KLIA Ekspres, which goes non-stop between Kuala Lumpur International Airports (KLIA & KLIA2) and KL Sentral (the transportation hub in the city that linking all the residential, commercial and industrial areas). Tickets are charged for the distance traveled and can be bought from ticket booths or the machines at the station entrances.

Taxi

Coupon-based taxi and metered taxi services are widely available. The fare of coupon-based system is fixed according to the destination upon the hiring, whereas the charges for metered taxi is based on the amount displayed on the taxi meter monitor plus the toll charges, if any. 

*Note: 50% surcharge from 12 a.m – 6 a.m.


 
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