Religion in Malaysia
The official religion of Malaysia is Islam. But freedom of religion has been declared in the country. Therefore, temples of various religions in Malaysia often stand next door. In addition to Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity are widespread in the country. Traditional folk beliefs are also preserved, such as animism, which bring some changes to the main religions.
Transport in Malaysia
The most convenient transport is a taxi or an overground metro.
Taxis in Malaysia are not too expensive and a flexible billing system can be applied here. When boarding, you must definitely require the meter to be turned on, boarding costs 2MYR 20sen, a trip of 20 minutes duration will cost 5-7MYR. The metro costs from 5 sen to 3MYR depending on the distance of the trip.
Cycle rickshaws are beneficial for long trips, and roads are obtained for short distances. All major cities in Malaysia are connected by regular buses.
Car rental in Malaysia possible only under certain conditions. Those wishing to rent a car must be at least 23 years old, but not older than 60. You must have an international driving license. If there are only Russian rights, then you need to obtain a special permit from the Malaysian Ministry of Road Transport. When renting a car, keep in mind that the traffic in the country is left-handed and quite intense.
The roads in Malaysia are not bad, although there are traffic jams. It is recommended to apply to major international agencies, most of the branches are located in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities.
The rental price is calculated for each rental day, and the calculation is made for every 24 hours, i.e. if you rented a car at 15:00, then you will also have to return it by 15:00 of the corresponding day.
Plant and Animal World in Malaysia
The amazing wealth of flora and fauna of Malaysia can amaze any traveler. Malaysia is home to 600 bird species, 210 mammal species, 140 snake species, 80 lizard species, and about 14,500 plant species.
Minerals in Malaysia
The bowels of Malaysia are rich in tin (3rd place in the world in terms of reserves), copper, bauxite, iron, as well as natural gas and oil (including on its continental shelf).
Banks in Malaysia
Banks are open during the working week (Monday to Friday) from 10:00 to 15:00, and on Saturdays – from 9:30 to 11:30. Exchange offices are open from 11.30 to 22.00.
Money in Malaysia
The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR). It consists of 100 cents. You can change currency at the airport, banks, hotels, large shopping centers. But it is most profitable to change money in private exchange offices, as they do not charge commission. Credit cards in large cities and tourist centers are accepted almost everywhere. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at any major bank.
Rate: 10 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) = 2.13 USD
Political State in Malaysia
According to politicsezine, Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy. It includes 13 states. The head of state, called the Supreme Head (King) – is elected for 5 years from among the rulers of the states. The legislature of Malaysia is a bicameral parliament.
Population in Malaysia
About 20 million people live in Malaysia. About half of the country’s population (52%) are Malays. The Chinese also live in the country (32%). About 10% of the population is the so-called Indians – as the Malays call people from South Asia. In addition, various indigenous tribes and nationalities live.
The official language is Malay. Some dialects of Chinese and Tamil are also common. And since Malaysia used to be a British colony, almost everyone speaks English.
Cuisine in Malaysia
Malaysian cuisine is the result of intertwining culinary traditions of all nations that have ever come here. It bears the features of Chinese, Indian and Portuguese cuisines. But the main thing in Malay cuisine is rice, which in Malay is called “nasi”, and all other products are called “lauk”, which means “addition to rice”. Also, as in many countries of this region, various seafood is in great demand: they are offered almost everywhere. Traditionally, the Malays add a lot of spices to the preparation of various dishes. Exotic fruits are also widespread: durian, which is often called the “king of Malaysian cuisine”, rambutan, chiku, mangosteen, breadfruit. As for drinks, hard liquor in Malaysia can only be found in expensive restaurants. But the beer that is brewed in Malaysia is more common and has a good quality. It is also recommended to try coconut milk from drinks: the seller, in the presence of the buyer, cuts off the top of the coconut, inserts a straw so that the buyer immediately enjoys the taste of fresh coconut milk.