Malaysia is a country of Southeast Asia, lying just north of the Equator. It shares a common boundary with Thailand in the north and is a close neighbour of Singapore and Indonesia in the south. Malaysia is divided into two non-contiguous regions: Peninsular Malaysia also called West Malaysia and, East Malaysia, which is on the island of Borneo.

Malaysia is a nation of magnificent geographical and ethnic variety, offering a kaleidoscope of culture, cuisines, lifestyles and landscapes. The nation’s natural diversity includes beautiful beaches, idyllic islands, cool hill stations, historic towns and the world’s oldest rainforests with astounding flora and fauna.

Climate & Clothing
Malaysia has an equatorial climate with uniform temperatures throughout the year. Temperatures range from 32°C during the day to 22°C during the night. Light comfortable clothing is the norm while suits and ties are normally donned for more formal occasion.

Currency and Banking
The Malaysian Ringgit (RM) in printed notes are in denominations of RM 1, RM 5, RM 10, RM 20, RM 50 and RM 100. Coins are minted as 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen. Travellers cheques can be cashed for Malaysian Ringgit at any commercial bank, hotel or at authorised moneychangers. Major credit cards e.g. American Express, Visa, Master Card is accepted at most hotels, shopping complexes and restaurants.

Language and Communications
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language but spoken and written English, Mandarin and Tamil are also widely used. National newspapers and periodicals are also published in all these languages. Malaysia has efficient telephone, facsimile, email and internet connection.

Time Conversion
Malaysia standard time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Utilities (Water & Electricity)
Electricity voltage in Malaysia is 220-volt, 50-cycle system and piped water supply is standard. Bottled mineral water is also readily available.

Diplomatic and Consular Services
There are 126 Foreign Representations in Malaysia and 102 Malaysian Mission overseas. Lists off all diplomatic and consular missions in Malaysia and all Malaysian diplomatic and consular representations abroad.

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Joint Organizers: APAMT | The Malaysian Society on Toxinology | College of Emergency Physicians (Academy of Medicine Malaysia)

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