Malaysia tourism: General Information
Malaysia is a multi religious/multi ethnic federation of thirteen
States in southeast Asia. The country belongs to the top of the
most developed countries in the world.
Geographically, Malaysia is devided in west (Peninsular) and east (Borneo) Malaysia, with the South China Sea in between.
West Malaysia is made of nine sultanates, two States and two federal parts.Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Terengganu are sultanates, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya belong to the federal territories with Putrajaya as a new administrative center. Melaka (malacca) and Penang are under governors'administration.
East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo) is situated on the northern part of Borneo. It is made of three parts, Sabah and Sarawak as States and Labuan, under federal administration.
Malaysia became independent of the British rule in 1957, under the
name: Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (federation of Malaya).
In 1963, the country officialy changed the name into Malaysia, 14 state federation, including Singapore.
Since 1965, Singapore became an independent country.
The Malaysian Monarchy
His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is the head of the country. Nine States within Peninsular Malaysia are ruled by Sultans hereditary while Melaka, Pulau Pinang, Sabah and Sarawak are ruled by Governors i.e 'Tuan Yang Terutama'. A rational system is adopted among the nine Sultans whereby the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is elected to the throne for a five year term from one of the nine rulers.the system of electoral monarchy is making malaysia probably the only truly democratic monarchy in the world.
Democratic system of Government under a Constitutional Monarchy. The power to govern is vested by the Constitution on His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong but is exercised by a Cabinet of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister and his Deputy.
The local Currency is in 'ringgit malaysia'.
Currency notes are in denominations of rm1, rm2, rm5, rm10, rm50, rm100.
Credit cards are accepted in most parts of Malaysia.
Traveller's Cheques may be changed at Commercial Banks, Hotels and Authorised Money Changers.
Opening hours for commercial banks:
Monday to Friday - 10am-3pm
Saturdays - 9.30am-11.30am
Malaysia has an excellent Infrastructure within the country. Land, air and sea transportation are well coordinated.
Malaysia takes a serious view on drug traffickers. Those who caught trafficking drugs will be given the mandatory death sentence.
Malaysia - a tourist paradise
For the perfect holiday full of pleasant emotions, different
cultures and natural wonders, malaysia is ximply a must.
Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
One of malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.
Malaysia has a wide range of accommodation at competitive rates. Six-star, medium range, budget hotels, youth hostels, beach chalets and timeshare apartments are just some of the types of accommodation available. Privately operated motor-homes are also available for rent.
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