Malaysia

Top 10 Things

  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Do not smoke inside a restaurant or any eateries as it is illegal. --Bella
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  • Don't drink tap water --Bella
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  • Don't bribe any police officers even if they request it. It is illegal. --Bella
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  • Don't order beef when you are with Indian friends. --Bella
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  • Do not supply, possess, or use marijuana in Malaysia --Bella
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  • Don't conduct business meetings on Friday afternoon (as it coincides with Muslim Friday prayers) --Bella
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  • Don't pose naked around or on top of Mount Kinabalu. This mountain is considered sacred by the locals. --Lucinda Kunning
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  • Don't walk and eat at the same time. --Lucinda Kunning
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  • Don't point with your forefinger. It is considered rude. Use your thumb. --Lucinda Kunning
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  • Don't open gifts immediately or in front of the giver. --Lucinda Kunning
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  • When entering a government building (Including police stations): males should wear covered shoes, long pants and a sleeved shirt ladies should wear covered shoes, long pants/skirt (below the knees) and a sleeved shirt --Bella
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  • Do have some cash/coins ready as some public restrooms will request payment before entry. (e.g. LOT 10 Shopping Mall) --Bella
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  • Carry a packet of dry tissue wherever you go (especially in public restrooms) --Bella
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  • If you are eating with your hands, only use your right hand --Bella
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  • When it comes to paying the bill, the person who hosts the gathering usually pays on behalf of the guest. It is the guest's responsibility to check how much is their food share. --Bella
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  • Eat with your right hand. --Lucinda Kunning
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  • When handing your business card, hold it with both hands, with thumbs on the corner of the card, with the print facing the receiver. --Bella
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  • When attending a cultural wedding, the guest should wear an outfit befitting of the cultural theme of the wedding. Otherwise, business casual is the next alternative. --Bella
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  • Negotiate for cheaper price. --Lucinda Kunning
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  • You can bring alcohol as a gift to a housewarming party if the host is non-Muslim. A carton of beer or a wine bottle is the most common. --Bella
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