The organising committee would like to wish all participants of the "46th APACPH Conference in Kuala Lumpur" a very warm "Welcome" and the Malaysian way is "Selamat Datang". The following information will give you a little insight of our beautiful country, Malaysia. This year is also Visit Malaysia Year 2014, it is our biggest and grandest tourism celebration with Malaysia Truly Asia's endless wonders of events, festivals and activities all-year round. This is the perfect time to see, feel and experience Malaysia!
Entering Malaysia is easy, visitors from most countries would not need a Visa for entry into Malaysia, but it is better to communicate with your travel agent or the Malaysian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in your home country before coming, you can also get information from Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.
Arrival in the Malaysia
When you are flying in to Kuala Lumpur you will most likely fly into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (for legacy airlines) or KLIA2 (for low cost airlines). KLIA2 is the new low cost terminal replacing the LCCT. It is situated next the KLIA. Travelling between KLIA and KLIA2 is easy as it is connected by both the KLIA Transit Train and bus services, which offer the transfer for a small fee of RM2.00 one way.
Travelling to Kuala Lumpur
From the airport, the easiest but not the least expensive way to Kuala Lumpur (KL) is to use a taxi. Purchase a fixed rate taxi coupon in the Terminal and board the taxi at the designated taxi area. Avoid touts who may be present to tempt you to use their 'cheaper' taxis.
The Express Rail Link (ERL) provide the fastest service which will take around 30 minutes form KLIA and KLIA2 to the KL Sentral Station in the city. Hilton Kuala Lumpur the Conference hotel is situated next to the KL Sentral Station.
Alternatively, use the bus service to the KL Sentral Station which is much cheaper. There are several services that offer direct bus to KL Sentral Station for as low as RM10 one-way.
Immigration and Custom
All passengers arriving at a Malaysian port of entry are checked through Immigration control. When you arrive in Malaysia you will pass through Customs. If you have more than the customs allowances, you must declare them to a customs officer. Do not try to hide goods; anything which is not properly declared may be confiscated and severe penalties can be imposed on anyone breaking Customs regulations. Customs officers may stop travelers to carry out random checks.
Prohibited and Restricted Goods that may not be imported into Malaysia include controlled drugs (such as opium, heroin, morphine, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines, barbiturates and LSD); firearms, ammunition and explosives; counterfeit coins and bank notes; indecent and obscene books, magazines, films and other articles; radio transmitters. Do not attempt to smuggle drugs or any animal into Malaysia. Never carry bags through Customs for someone else. Be warned that Malaysia has very severe punishment for drugs trafficking.
For the full list of dutiable goods, nonadjustable goods, duty exemption for residence and non-residence, prohibited and restricted goods visit the Malaysian Customs' website.
Travelling in Malaysia
Malaysia Airlines is the flagship carrier of the country and it provide extensive domestic and international network. While AirAsia the no-frills airline, which also provide extensive domestic and international destination. The cheaper though much slower way to see the country is to use the railways (KTM).
While in KL city, there are taxis, buses and rail transport system (KL rail system). Currently RapidKL has been assigned by the government to provide an integrated public transport system in the Klang Valley (it includes KL and the surrounding towns and city) incorporating rail and bus services. You can purchase the RapidKL Monthly Travel Card for convenient transportation within KL.
There is no limit to the amount of money you may bring into the country. Malaysian currency is denominated in ringgit (RM) and sens. Coins exist to the value of 1 sen, 5 sens, 10 sens, 20 sens, and 50 sens (note the 1 ringgit coin has been removed from circulation, do not accept is as a legal tender). Notes are to the value of RM1,RM2, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM 50 and RM100, (we used to have RM500 and RM1000 which have also been removed from circulation).
If you don't like to use cash, then credit card are better alternative, it is readily accepted at most outlets in hotels and shopping centres. You will have to be aware that some food outlets only accept this form of payment for a minimum purchase (e.g. RM30 or RM50) and some establishments selling computers and electronic products also charge a percentage for the use of credit cards.
Banks in most states in Malaysia are open on Monday-Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm; Saturdays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and close on Sundays. Some branches stay open later and a few open on Sundays. Beside the bank counters, most banks have electronic banking that will fulfill most of your banking needs, some banks even have internet banking. If you would like to bank through the internet please ensure that it is a secure website and used encryption technology (i.e. https) and the site have a trusted security certificate, you should never access a banking site from an e-mail links.
For the latest information on the Malaysia monetary policy, exchange rates, and the local and foreign banks in Malaysia please visit the Bank Negara's website
Open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm daily except Sundays and public holidays (except Kedah, Kelantan and Trengganu which are closed on Fridays and public holidays). Visit the Pos Malaysia's website for the latest postage rates and services.
You can also use other local or international courier services for sending of mail and packages.
The Malaysian Standard Time is eight hours ahead of GMT.
Voltage is 220-240 volts while A/C is at 50 cycles per second. The plug has three prongs (two flat and one rectangular) that form a triangle.
Telephone kiosks are to be found at all airports, seaports, railway and bus stations, post offices and in the streets. Instructions for use are given inside the kiosks. Public payphones can be of different types, accepting coins, phone cards and, in some cases, credit cards. Phone cards may be purchased from some shops. The long-distance code for Malaysia is 60. International Direct Dialing (IDD) is available throughout Malaysia. Full details of dialing codes are given in The Phone Book. Dial 103 if you need assistance from the Operator. Charges will vary according to distance, length of call and the time of day when the call is made.
Mobile phone services are available in all cities, towns and on highway, the three main mobile phone provider are Celcom, Maxis and Digi.
Life in Malaysia
The Weather and Your Clothing
The weather in Malaysia can be extremely changeable, wet and windy one moment, humid and sunny the next. An umbrella is useful at all times of the year. Casual, light-weight clothes are worn, including shorts, T-shirts and sandals. Although the average temperature in Malaysia is not very high, but due to its humid conditions it can sometime be very uncomfortable especially in the afternoons.
Malaysia is proud to be multi-racial and multicultural. Generally Malaysians are shy but friendly, tolerant and understanding, and have a long tradition of welcoming visitors from overseas. Politeness and consideration for others are always appreciated. If you are invited into someone's home it is usual (but not essential) to take a small gift such as chocolates or flowers or, even better, a souvenir from your own country. Try to arrive on time, as it is considered rude to be late, particularly if a meal is served. If you are unexpectedly delayed or are unable to attend be sure to let the host know. R.S.V.P. on a written invitation means that you are expected to reply stating whether or not you will be attending the function.
Smoking is banned in theatres, in most public buildings and public transport. Before smoking in public, it is advisable to check that smoking is permitted and that your companions do not object.
Places of Interest in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the Capital for Malaysia, it is where the new embraces the old, where modern sophistication meets rustic charm and where pristine tracts of rainforest blend into the metropolitan skyline. It has many places of interest that will delight all alike, whether you are young or young at heart, culturally incline or searching for excitement and prefer serenity or shopping, KL has it all, so you won't be coming just for research methods but also research on life. For more information on where to go in KL visits the Tourism Malaysia website.