Malaysia Culture and Language

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  • 1. Malaysia’s Culture & Language Cuti-cuti to Malaysia
  • 2.
    • Malaysia has a combined population of over 26 million people.
    • The multi-cultural and multi-racial population consists of Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous natives.
    People & Culture
  • 3. People & Culture (cont’)
    • Malay is the official language but English is widely spoken, especially in business.
    • 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.
  • 4.
    • Ethnic Groups: 59% Malay and other indigenous, 32% Chinese and 9% Indian.
    • Languages: Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil and other tribal languages.
    • Religion: Muslim (primarily Malays), Buddhism (Chinese), Hindu (Indian), Christianity.
    People & Culture (cont’)
  • 5.
    • Handshakes generally suffice when greeting someone. Muslim ladies may greet with a nod of her head and smile.
    • Traditional greeting of "salam" 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".
    Local Customs
  • 6. Local Customs (cont’)
    • Greeting by hugging and kissing is not generally practiced in Malaysia. However, this is becoming more common amongst the western educated and young.
    • 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.
    • The right hand is always used when giving and receiving objects.
    • Pointing is normally done using the thumb as using the forefinger is considered rude.