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General Information

Malaysia covers an area of about 329,758 km, consisting Peninsular Malaysia, the States of Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan in the north-western coastal area of Borneo Island. The two regions are separated by about 540 km, and have borders with Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south. Sabah, with an area of 75,620 km 2 and Sarawak, with about 124,449 km 2, border the territory of Indonesia’s Kalimantan.

Peninsular Malaysia consists of 14 states as follow: Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, Terengganu and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Pahang, with an area of 35,965 km 2 is the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia while Perlis, with an area of 795 km 2, is the smallest state.

Touristic programme for accompanying person

The host country propose to the persons accompanying the conference participants the opportunity to visit the touristic attractions in Kuala Lumpur. In order to take advantage of this service, we invite you to consult the Tour Itinerary and send the Excursion Form to the following e-mail address: chaihalee@dvs.gov.my or kuneswary@dvs.gov.my.


Generally warm throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 21° to 32°C. Humidity is very high all year round. The rainy season of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and northern part of Sabah is during the months of November to February. April, May and October are usually the wet months of the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


Malaysia is a multi-racial nation. The principal racial groups are the Malays, followed by Chinese and Indians. Other numerically significant groups are the indigenous races of Sarawak and Sabah, comprising mainly Dayaks, Kadazan (Dusuns), Bajaus, Melanaus, and Muruts.

The population of Malaysia currently stands about 26 million with a growth rate at about 2.3 per cent per annum. The population is young with over 39 % below 14 years of age and about 57 % between the ages 0f 15 – 64 years.


Malaysia is blessed with a rich heritage in traditions and cultures of its people. As Malaysians respect each other’s belief and faiths, cultural and religious festivals such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas, Gawai Day and other auspicious events are regarded as important festivals.

One of the unique features of Malaysia is its multi-racial population which practices various religions such Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity. Under the Federal Constitution, Islam is the official religion of Malaysia but there is freedom of worship.


The Bahasa Malaysia (Malay languages) is the National Language of the country. However, the people are free to use their mother tongue and other languages. English is the second language and widely used in business and daily life.


Democratic system governs under a Constitutional Monarchy. The power to govern is vested by the constitution in His Majesty the Yang Dipertuan Agong but is exercised by a Cabinet of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister.


Trafficking in illegal drugs carries the mandatory death penalty in Malaysia. Participants are advised against accepting packages or parcels from others, when travelling into or out of Malaysia.


Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time.


The unit of currency is the Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Currently notes are issued in denominations of RM 1, RM 2, RM 5, RM 10, RM 50 and RM 100. Coins are issued in 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen. Travellers cheques can be exchanged for Ringgit Malaysia at any bank or authorised money changer. Major credit cards are accepted by most large establishment.

We recommend you to exchange some money for Malaysian ringgit in your country or at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or at the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carriage Terminal (LCCT). The money changers in KLIA are operated by the popular Malaysian banks. They provide quite a good rate. Money exchange counters are available at LCCT as well and they operate 24 hours daily.

To consult the exchange rate in your local currency, please refer to the following link: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

Business Hours and Banks

Generally shops open from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm while supermarkets and department stores operate from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.

Banking hours are from Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday).

Electrical Supply

Electric supply is 220 – 240 volts while AC is at 50 cycles per second (50 Hz).

Custom Regulations

Customs Duty Exemption 1988, Clause 19 allows Malaysian citizens and visitors to import goods, provided they abide by these conditions:

Wine, liquor / liquor malt

All not more than 1 liter


200 cigarettes / 50 cigars / 225 gr

Clothes / Apparel

Not more than 3 pieces


Not more than 1 pair

Cosmetics or electronic personal care items/toiletries or using batteries

Not more than 1 unit


Duty Food item

Not more than RM75


Not more than RM400

(except goods from Langkawi and Labuan, worth not more than RM500)

The above goods can be imported and exempted from customs duty if these conditions are followed:







Terrestrial Animal Health Code

Chap. 7.1 Introduction to the recommendations for animal welfare
Chap. 7.2 Transport of animals by sea
Chap. 7.3 Transport of animals by land
Chap.7.4 Transport of animals by air
Chap. 7.5 Slaughter of animals
Chap. 7.6 Killing of animals for disease control purposes
Chap. 7.7 Stray dog population control
Chap. 7.8 Use of animals in research and education
Aquatic Animal Health Code
Chap. 7.1 ntroduction to recommendations for the welfare of farmed fis
Chap. 7.2 Welfare of farmed fish during transport
Chap. 7.3 (Welfare aspects of stunning and killing of farmed fish for human consumption