International Student

General Information

Living in Malaysia
Malaysia is a beautiful country with a total population of 25 millions with a diverse mix of ethnic or people group. The biggest ethnic group being Malay or the locals called “Bumiputera”, which make up more than 55% of the total population and followed by Chinese with approximately 26%, Indian descendants’ accounts for 15% and the balance accounts for the other people groups. Much like weather, the people are warm-hearted and friendly.

Climate
Malaysia is a typical country with its temperature hovering between 25’C to 32’C in low lands and 16’C and 20’C in high lands in most time. Its wet atmosphere produces high rain fall reading between 2000mm and 2500mm annually, sustaining the large and lush vegetations beneath its tropical rain forest.

Banking
The national currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM). It comes in denominations of RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50, and RM100. Coins, on the other hand, comes in 1sen, 5sen, 20sen, and 50sen. Local and foreign banks are plentiful and all are equip with ATM machines and ATM can also be found within most shopping complexes. Banks operate from Monday to Friday.

Getting Around
The public transportation system in the city of Kuala Lumpur serves the city folks very well. This largely due to the traffic congestion and the ever lacking parking lots and as a result, getting around the city using public transport systems is more convenient than private cars as there is no need to hunt for car park. The public transportations will include buses, Monorial, LRT(Lightr rail transit) and taixs. The cost of using these public transportation systems is one of the lowest in the world.

Food
Food is never problem in Malaysia, in fact, over eating is the diverse ethic groups in Malaysia bring about all kinds of food, any food, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Malay or Western, seafood or exotic, just name them and they are always not too far away and they are also among the cheapest in South East Asia.