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Local Information

  • Shoes must always be removed when visiting homes or places or worship such as mosques and temples.  Most mosques provide robes and scarves for ladies.
  • While visiting a homestay village, please be respectful of local customs and traditional.
  • When sitting on the floor, men sit cross-legged while women normally sit with their legs tucked to the side.
  • When pointing, it is preferable to use the thumb with the four fingers folded under, rather than the forefinger.
  • To give or receive something, try to use the right hand.
  • Always ask for permission before taking photographs when you are in someone's home.
  • The country's large Muslim population does not drink liquor or alcoholic beverages.
  • The weather is generally warm with occasional torrential showers.  Cotton clothes, rubber shoes and sun hats are the best.  

Weather

  • The tropical climate in Perlis makes the weather warm, with temperatures between 28 to 33 degrees Celcius (ºC).  Rain occurs occasionally all year round.

Money

  • The Ringgit Malaysia (often written as RM) is Malaysia's unit of currency.  Notes come in RM100, RM50, RM10, RM5 and RM1.  Coins are called sen and come in 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen.  Travelers cheques can be cashed at banks and major credit cards are acceptable in most hotels. 

Business Hours

  • Retail shops are generally open between 10 am to 8 pm.  Government offices are opened from 8 am to 5 pm.  Banking hours are from 9 am until 4 pm.  Saturdays and Sundays are public holidays.

Languages

  • Bahasa Malaysia is the national language.  Many people in Perlis can speak and understand simple English.  Different ethnic groups speak their own dialects.  Mandarin and Cantonese are widely spoken by the Chinese, while Indians speak Tamil.  There are also Thai-speaking people in Perlis. 

Religion

  • Islam is the official religion of Malaysia but Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity are also widely practiced.

Time Difference

  • Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT time.

Drug Penalties

  • Drug trafficking in Malaysia carries a mandatory death sentence for convicted drug traffickers.