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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.
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.
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.
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.
TheKLIA Ekspres, which goes non-stop betweenKuala Lumpur International Airports (KLIA&KLIA2)andKL 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.
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.