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About Malaysia & Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA AT A GLANCE

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-cultural melting pot with a cosmopolitan 27 million population made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous ethnic groups. Here, one can experience a wealth of cultural and racial diversity that is both colourful and unique. Malaysia is rich in culture and a haven for food. It comes as no surprise that our country is well known for its variety of food. Diverse cuisine from gourmet to hawker food easily available at affordable prices. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur.

LANGUAGE

Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language but English is widely spoken. Islam is the official religion, but all other religion is practiced freely.


CLIMATE

Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year with warm temperatures hovering from 21 to 32 degrees Celsius.


LOCAL TIME

Standard Malaysian time is eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of the U.S Pacific standard time.

CURRENCY

The Malaysia Ringgit (RM) is the official currency in Malaysia. Foreign currencies can be converted at banks and money changes.

VISA REQUIREMENT

Passport of any other nationality must have at least 6 months remaining validity from the day of entry into the country for which VISA has been applied for. Delegates should contact their local Malaysian consulate to confirm visa requirement. Citizens of most countries do not require visas for social or business visits. Please contact the ICMH 2012 Secretariat should you require an invitation letter to attend the conference. For more information about visa, please visit:  http://www.imi.gov.my/


BUSINESS HOURS

Shops are generally open between the hours of 10.00-22.00. Banking hours are between the hours of 09.30-16.00. Government offices and banks are closed on Saturday.

TAX & TIPPING
Tipping is usually not customary in Malaysia. A 5% Government Tax and 10% Service Charge are assed to rooms, meals and other related services.

EMERGENCIES
Police and Ambulance 999, Fire Brigade 994,
KL Tourist Police Enquiries +60 3 2149 6593


GETTING TO MALAYSIA
Malaysia is one of South East Asia’s fastest growing transportation hubs. Getting to Malaysia is easy with over 40 airlines, including the national carrier Malaysia Airlines, servicing Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on a daily basis. KLIA is located in Sepang which is approximately 50km south of Kuala Lumpur. From KLIA, visitors may take domestic flights to most of the major cities and towns in Peninsular Malaysia as well as Malaysian Borneo. From the airport, a variety of transport links to the city centre are available. These include rail-link (better known as Express Rail Link or ERL), express buses, limousines, taxis and car rental services.

 

ABOUT KUALA LUMPUR

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is to be found, the icon of Asian prosperity and city slickers who enjoy the energy of urban life. The city is a powerful mesh of tradition and technology, vying for equal status. With its multiple race and cultures, KL is an exciting place of fascinating sights and sounds. There are abundance of attractions include exciting theme parks, world class sporting events, dazzling culutural performances and entertaining night life.

The Petronas Twin Towers are designed to impress and encapsulate Malaysia's emergence as South East Asia's commercial and cultural centre.

Back in 1850’s Kuala Lumpur was an established trading centre for tin prospectors. As the years passed, KL emerged as the centre of commerce in the country. It was made the capital city after the country’s independence in 1957. Today, KL is homed to a population of 1.6 million people and is a microcosm of modern Malaysia.

Getting to Kuala Lumpur from KLIA

The Express Rail Link (ERL) is the fatest way of getting from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur. It takes a mere 28 minutes to the city centre as compared to one hour by car. Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KLCAT) located at Kuala Lumpur station (KL Sentral) serves as an extended airport  terminal where check in is available for selected airlines. The check in and ticket counters are on Level 1 of the KL Sentral station and also at Level 1 of KLIA.

Other transportations:

Taxi and Limo
Taxi and limousine services are available from the airport to the city centre. Please enquire at taxi counters located right after the Customs Hall, at the Arrival Hall by Door 3 and the Domestic Baggage Reclaim area. Fares are changed according to zones. In Kuala Lumpur, Taxi fares are based on a metered rate and are available 24 hours a day. The flag-off rate is RM 3.00.

Bus
There are several bus services from KLIA to the city centre and major towns in Peninsular Malaysia. Please require at the appropriate bus centers in the airport. Air-conditioned buses are available in the main area of Kuala Lumpur.

Trains
An extensive rail transport system links the major parts of the city. The 3 services available are PUTRA and RAPID Light Rail Transits (LRT), KL Monorail and KTM Komuter. Feeder bus available from train stations to designated surrounding areas. All lines except RAPID LRT converge at KL Sentral Station.