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General Information

General Information about Malaysia for international students who are interested to study in Malaysia.

The Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo.

Geographical Location

Located between 2 and 7 north of the Equator. Peninsular Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. To the north of Peninsular Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbor is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are bounded by Indonesia while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei Darussalam.




329,758 sq km


29 million


Kuala Lumpur


Malays who make up about 60% of the population are the predominant group with Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups such as the KadazanDusun and Iban in the East Malaysia.


Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language but English is widely of spoken. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.


Islam is the official religion but all other religions are practiced freely.


Tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures range from 21 degrees to 32 degrees. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500 mm.


Parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislative system. The Head of State is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Head of Government is the Prime Minister.

Entry Requirements

Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information, please check with the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission or Tourism Malaysia office or browse www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my.


The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit which is denoted as RM. Foreign currencies can be converted at banks or money changers.


Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.


Voltage is 220 – 240 volts A/C at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.

As mentioned above, Malaysia is a good destination for education in the various Malaysian Universities.