Malaysia’s Culture & Language Cuti-cuti to Malaysia
<ul><li>Malaysia has a combined population of over 26 million people.  </li></ul><ul><li>The multi-cultural and multi-raci...
People & Culture   (cont’)   <ul><li>Malay is the official language but English is widely spoken, especially in business. ...
<ul><li>Ethnic Groups:  59% Malay and other indigenous,  32% Chinese and 9% Indian.  </li></ul><ul><li>Languages:  Malay, ...
<ul><li>Handshakes generally suffice when greeting someone. Muslim ladies may greet with a nod of her head and smile.  </l...
Local Customs  (cont’) <ul><li>Greeting by hugging and kissing is not generally practiced in Malaysia.   However, this is ...
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Malaysia Culture and Language

  1. 1. Malaysia’s Culture & Language Cuti-cuti to Malaysia
  2. 2. <ul><li>Malaysia has a combined population of over 26 million people. </li></ul><ul><li>The multi-cultural and multi-racial population consists of Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous natives. </li></ul>People & Culture
  3. 3. People & Culture (cont’) <ul><li>Malay is the official language but English is widely spoken, especially in business. </li></ul><ul><li>Official religion is Islam, but its people are free to observe any religion of their choice. I t is common to see temples, mosques and churches located in close proximity. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Ethnic Groups: 59% Malay and other indigenous, 32% Chinese and 9% Indian. </li></ul><ul><li>Languages: Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil and other tribal languages. </li></ul><ul><li>Religion: Muslim (primarily Malays), Buddhism (Chinese), Hindu (Indian), Christianity. </li></ul>People & Culture (cont’)
  5. 5. <ul><li>Handshakes generally suffice when greeting someone. Muslim ladies may greet with a nod of her head and smile. </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional greeting of &quot;salam&quot; resembles a handshake whereby the man offers both hands, lightly touches the visitor’s outstretched hands, and then brings his hands to his chest to mean, “I greet you from my heart&quot;. </li></ul>Local Customs
  6. 6. Local Customs (cont’) <ul><li>Greeting by hugging and kissing is not generally practiced in Malaysia. However, this is becoming more common amongst the western educated and young. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoes must be removed when entering a Mosque or an Indian temple. It is also customary to remove one’s shoes when entering a Malaysian home. </li></ul><ul><li>The right hand is always used when giving and receiving objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Pointing is normally done using the thumb as using the forefinger is considered rude. </li></ul>
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