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About Malaysia


Malaysia has 13 states, 11 on the Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and 2, Sabah and Sarawak, on the island of Borneo (East Malaysia). The capital city is Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya is the new administrative centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away from the capital. The Malaysian unit of currency is the Ringgit malaysia (RM).

Malaysia has an equatorial climate with general temperatures ranging from 21°C to 32°C. The climate is very strongly influenced by the Northeast and the Southwest Monsoon. The mean annual rainfall is approximately 267 cm.

The Malays and the indigenous groups make up approximately 60% of the total population while the Chinese and the Indians make up 30% and 8% respectively. The balance is a melting pot of other races and cultures. The official religion is Islam. However, one can practice one’s religion freely. Bahasa Malaysia is the official language but English is widely spoken. Mandarin, Tamil and Punjabi, besides other languages, are also spoken in Malaysia.

The Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Geographical Location
Located between 2º and 7º north of the Equator, Peninsula Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. To the north of Peninsula Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbor is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia in Borneo while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei.
329,758 sq km
26 million
Kuala Lumpur
Malays who make up about 57% of the population are the predominant group with Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups making up the rest.
Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.
Islam is the official religion but all other religions are freely practiced.
Malaysia is governed by a Parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislative system. The Head of State is the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a position that is awarded to a different State Monarch every five years and the Head of Government is the Prime Minister.
Tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures in the lowlands range from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). The highlands are cooler, where temperatures range between 15°C (59° F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.
Major Holidays
New Year's Day, Hari Raya Aidiladha*, Federal Territory Day **, Chinese New Year*, Awal Muharam*, Birthday of Prophet Muhammad*, Labour Day*, Wesak Day*, King's Birthday*, National Day*, Deepavali*, Hari Raya Aidilfitri*, Christmas*
Note: (*) - National holidays (**) - Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur & Labuan only (#) - Except Labuan & Sarawak
Economic Profile
Manufacturing constitutes the largest single component of Malaysia's economy. Tourism and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and timber are other major contributors to the economy.
The unit of currency is Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM. USD1 is roughly equivalent to RM3.20. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.
Banking Hours
Most states: Mon - Fri: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Sat & Sun: Closed (Selected banks and branches are open on Sat). Kelantan & Terengganu: Sun - Wed: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Thurs: 9.30am to 4.00pm. Friday/Saturday*/Public Holiday: Closed
Post Offices
Open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily except the first Saturday of each month, Sundays and public holidays.
In Kelantan and Terengganu post offices operate during the same hours but are closed on Fridays and public holidays.
Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time.
Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or pre-paid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with card phone facilities or at any Telekom office.
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.



About Melaka


Melaka, a quiet seaside city has impressed visitors as the place where the history of Malaysia began. Founded around 15th Century, Melaka is rich in history and many relics of the past. Dubbed as The Historical State, Melaka is the third smallest Malaysian state, after Perlis and Penang. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Melaka. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and the state of Johor to the south. The state’s capital is Melaka Town. Located about 150 kilometres to the south of Kuala Lumpur and 245 km north of Singapore, Melaka seems to be strategically linked between two national capitals (Malaysia and Singapore respectively).

Tourism is the most important sector in the state economy. Melaka has adopted as its slogan, “Visiting Melaka Means Visiting Malaysia” (“Melawat Melaka Bererti Melawat Malaysia”). It is rich in cultural heritage and bears several places of historical interest.

Apart from tourism, Melaka is also a manufacturing centre for products ranging from food and consumer products, through high-tech electronics and automotive components.There are at least 23 industrial estates that houses some 500 factories from the United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.

The Portuguese and Chinese influences are visible in the city’s structure and society such as the microculture of the Baba-Nyonya in Melaka.






In case you need hotel accommodation during your stay or for your guests, hotels that are nearest to UTeM are :
Hotel Kobemas Melaka
Jalan MITC Prima 1,
Hang Tuah Jaya,
75450, Ayer Keroh,
Tel : +60 6-253 2012
Puteri Resort
Jalan Puteri Resort 1,
75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Tel : +606-232 3333
Sri Warisan Resort
Lebuh Ayer Keroh,
75450 Melaka
Tel : +606-231 6050
Hotel Seri Malaysia
Lot PT 12332, Lebuh Ayer Keroh,
75450 Melaka
Tel : +606-232 8460
King’s Sherwood Hotel & Apartment
No. 30, Lebuh Ayer Keroh,
75450 Melaka
Tel : +606-231 3899
Hotels in Melaka Town include:
Renaissance Melaka Hotel
Jalan Bendahara,
75100 Melaka
Tel : +606-284 8888
The Bayview Hotel Melaka
Jalan Bendahara,
75100 Melaka
Tel : +606-283 9888
Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Tel : +606-282 8333
Mahkota Hotel Melaka
Jalan Merdeka,
75000 Melaka
Tel : +606-281 2828
Holiday Inn Melaka
Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz,
75000 Melaka
Tel : +606-285 9000
Hotel Seri Costa
Jalan PM 8, Plaza Mahkota,
75000 Melaka
Tel : +606-281 6666
Hotel Grand Continental
No. 20, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang,
75100 Melaka
Tel : +606-284 0088
The Majestic Melaka
188, Jalan Bunga Raya,
75100 Melaka
Tel : +606-289 8000
Avilion Legacy Melaka
146, Jalan Hang Tuah,
75300 Melaka
Tel : +606-281 6868

Getting Around

 UTeM provides 26 buses for the use of its students and staff. These buses shuttle the students to and from hostels and campuses.

Getting around Melaka by bus is easy and relatively cheap. The terminal for city buses is at Melaka Sentral. The local buses do not have accurate schedule, and the bus usually leaves when it’s full. During daytime the buses run frequently, but be prepared for waiting towards the evening. Most public transportation stops operating around 10 pm and starts again around 6am.
There are several taxi operators in Melaka. Some of them operate only during certain hours; some serve 24 hours a day. You can either book a taxi in advance or stop a passing one. During Friday and Saturday nights taxis are busy, so consider making a booking in advance.



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