Though Malaysia is an Islamic state it is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities due to its diverse population. Malaysia’s population is mostly composed of Malays, Indians and Chinese. Read on to know about Malaysia’s Cultural Etiquette.
It could be sometimes confusing as to how to behave and to interact with people if you do not know about their culture but however good etiquette is basic gestures of understanding and respecting other cultures and it is not rocket science.
Introduction and Greeting someone
Traditionally you say ‘Salam’ to greet a Malay, but remember not to extend your hands for a handshake unless you are offered first by the corresponding person. Never touch a woman to greet them unless the first contact is made by them.
You must dress modestly when you are in Malaysia since it is an Islamic nation. Women must wear loose clothing which covers their legs arms and shoulders and they should also cover their head with a scarf before entering a mosque and as a to show respect to Islamic culture.
Controlling your body language is a must when in Malaysia. What might seem normal could be very offensive here. Pointing your finger towards something, touching an adult on the head, showing your bottom of your feet to anyone are some of the examples of not-so-welcoming things to do in sepang or any other regions in Malaysia. Also, refrain displays of affection in public.
Food and Drink
Always use the right hand when eating with your hand while you are here. It is also prohibited to consume alcohol or smoke in public places. You could however find and consume alcohol at the bars of popular resort properties the likes of AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort.
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