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Day to Day Living in Malaysia

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Day-to-day Living in Malaysia


The big towns and cities of Malaysia are catered for by a contemporary and reliable train and bus service. Air flights are also a popular form of transport, as in America. Malaysia has a well-developed network or roads and rail.


Apart from in Kuala Lumpur, where it is comparatively expensive, the price of accommodation in cheap. Lots of different property is available from detached and semi-detached houses to flats and condos.


Food is similar to Singapore, in that, residing so close to India and China, it is rather a mixed and homogenous affair. (Inter) national cuisine is available in many places - from street vendors to fine restaurants. Malaysian people take great pride in their food, so rest assured, providing you like it, everything will be fine. Food is also very cheap.

Alternatively, you will find many stores selling English and Western produce and ingredients, so you won't have to change your eating habits too much.


The cost of living in Malaysia is remarkably low. Especially when considering its status as a newly industrialised country. Expatriates find living there terribly cheap and affordable in comparison with the UK.


Malaysians can be quite stringent when it comes to social etiquette. It is recommended that you don't point, and if you do, make sure it's with your thumb. Whatever you do, though, don't point with your foot or feet.

Dress is respectful and conservative; needless to say it reflects the ethics of Malaysia.

Malaysia isn't known for practicing egalitarianism, so you are recommended to show respect to those of seniority or authority. Public displays of anger or outrage are also frowned upon and met with disdain.


Gas services are only available in Kuala Lumpur and some major towns of peninsular Malaysia, everything else is powered by electricity or gas canister.

Tap water is safe to drink in most areas of Malaysia, and is provided by the individual municipalities. However, most Malaysians in towns and villages tend boil their drinking water.

If you're still a bit wary, then bottled water is available everywhere.

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