Useful Bahasa Melayu Words and Phrases
|Thank you ||Terima Kasih (te-ri-ma ka-sih) |
|You're welcome ||Sama-sama (sa-ma sa-ma) |
|How are you? ||Apa khabar? (a-pa kha-bar) |
|Goodbye ||Selamat tinggal (se-la-mat ting-gal) |
|So long / See you ||Jumpa lagi (jum-pa la-gi) |
|Excuse me ||Minta maaf (min-ta ma-af) |
|Yes ||Ya (i-a) |
|No ||Tidak (ti-dak) |
|Good ||Baik (ba-ik) |
|Bad ||Tidak baik (ti-dak ba-ik) |
|Food ||Makanan (ma-kan-nan) |
|Drinks ||Minuman (mi-num-man) |
|Police ||Polis (po-lis) |
|Help ||Tolong (to-long) |
Useful Phone Numbers
|Police & Ambulance ||999 |
|Fire ||994 |
|Emergency call from Mobile Phone ||112 |
|Telekom Fault Report ||100 |
|Telekom Domestic Operator ||101 |
|Telekom Directory Enquiries ||103 |
|Immigration Dept ||03 2093 9181 |
|Customs ||03 6201 6088 |
|Foreign Affairs Dept ||03 8887 4000 |
|Home Affairs Dept ||03 8886 8000 |
|Bank Negara ||03 2698 8044 |
|Bukit Aman Police Headquarter ||03 2262 6222 |
For other useful numbers, please click to our Links section.
Buying Educational Material
There are many bookshops offering discounted price for college students. One of such bookstores is Emo Book Service that services students around the Chinatown, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur. The bookstore is located in Kompleks Selangor. For students studying design and graphic field, there are how&why (Bangsar Village shopping complex; Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya; and China Street in Pulau Pinang) and Basheer Graphic Books (3rd Floor, Bukit Bintang Plaza). Other bookshops that offer cheaper selections are Pay Less Books, Popular Book Stores and Big Bookshop.
The major bookstores with wider selections are Kinokuniya (KLCC), MPH (Midvalley Megamall, Great Eastern Mall, Alamanda Putrajaya, Alpha Angle, Bangunan Bakti Siti Hasmah, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar Village, Bukit Bintang Plaza, KL City Air Terminal, Taman Maluri, Sunway Pyramid, The Summit USJ, Subang Parade, Giant Hypermarket Stadium Shah Alam, Bukit Raja Shopping Centre, Tesco Klang, 1 Utama, The Curve, Section 14 Petaling Jaya and other locations outside Kuala Lumpur) and The Times Bookshop (KLCC and Bangsar Shopping Centre). Please follow this link to view the bookshops' website.
Learning English in Malaysia
As English is the medium of instruction in Malaysian education institutions, there are many English Language centres that offers courses to prepare yourself for verbal and written communication. ELS Language Centres, Erican Language Centre, Kingston English Language Center and Stamford English Language Centre (SELC) are the few options available in Kuala Lumpur. To check out these centres' website, please click to our Links section.
Street Smart Tips
Malaysia is one of the safe countries in the world. However, international students are encouraged to practise vigilance and be sensible to stay clear from environments that may be conducive for crime or violence. To gain more understand of safety in Malaysia, the first place to start is through local online newspapers.
Although the country is rapidly transforming itself into a globalised country, local eastern values are still very much preserved. Foreigners are encouraged to observe common sense in their acts while staying in Malaysia. Take, for example, removing shoes when entering mosque or temples to show due respect to sacred or holy places. Others, such as kissing in public and wearing tight-fitting and indecent clothes may get unnecessary troubles and inconveniences. When visiting Malay Muslims, be sensitive not to consume or serve alcohol.
International students studying in Malaysia are advised to receive vaccination against Hepatitis A as a preventive measure. Do avoid mosquito bites, especially Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae - the main vector for Dengue Fever and Malaria respectively. Use mosquito repellent or mosquito net if forest or lake is in the vicinity of where you are staying. Other rare disease transmission is rabies, which is transmitted by bite, scratch or lick from infected dogs, cats, bats and monkeys.