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Understanding Malaysia: Home
This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Malaysia.
The following information have been carefully selected for your reference. Some resources may have bias perspectives. Please approach the SMU Libraries (email@example.com ) should you have any doubts or need clarifications.
This introduction video brings you around Malaysia - when to go and the top things to do while you are in Malaysia.
Understand more about the cultural etiquette in Malaysia.
Cultural Dos and Don’ts
Malaysia is a deeply conservative country. Observe the following etiquette for a great experience:
Do not kiss and hug in the public.
Do not shake hands freely with someone especially those who are a Muslim.
Never use your left hand to eat, give something, or accept gifts from someone.
Do not pat someone head, regardless of seniority.
Remove shoes when entering someone house, temples or mosques.
Do wear modestly when visiting sacred places like temples and mosques.
Stand up to show respect when you see a monk or nun.
Never point to something with your forefinger, or with your feet.
All about Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim, Islamic calendar, and is a time to pray, give charity and also fasting during daylight hours. During the month of Ramadan, adult Muslims fast from dusk until dawn, unless they are ill, pregnant, diabetic, breastfeeding, or travelling. Children are not obliged to fast during Ramadan, not until they are close to their teens, but some practice in order to prepare for adult participation. Find out more what is the 5 Pillars of Islam represent.
Lessons are broken down into bite-sized chunks and it feels like you’re playing a game. Duolingo is a great introduction, but it can feel like you’re learning a random mix of information, often through repetition. The more you do, the more robust your vocabulary will be.
The only way to become fluent in a new language is to speak it. Tandem is geared toward conversations with native speakers. The idea is that you can help one another learn new languages via text, audio, and video chat. The app vets you and then helps you to find a partner who shares your interests. They teach you and you teach them.
This section informs the common scams and crimes to look out for when visiting Malaysia.
Common Tourist Scams Learn how to protect yourself from these common scams and crimes when visiting Malaysia.
Crime & Security
Overall Crime and Safety Report
Find out more information on the common crime threats, areas of concerns, transportation-road safety, and even terrorism threat.
This section lists some recommended readings about Malaysia.
A Short History of Malaysia by Virginia Matheson Hooker; Virginia Matheson HookerThe origins of Malaysia's aboriginal peoples, the years of Western domination in the country, and the forceful political stance of its current leader are all outlined in this lively and informative account of Malaysia's history and politics. A concise and accessible look at this constantly changing country, this book is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Discussed are the major trends in its contemporary political life and the challenges the country faces in the 21st century as Malaysia serves as a model for rapid modernization. The lives of individuals from various time periods are examined to create a complete picture of Malaysia. Also included are maps and illustrations.
Call Number: Li Ka Shing Library Books Level 4 DS596 .H67 2003
Publication Date: 2003-11-01
Malaysia@50 by Jomo Kwame SundaramMalaysia has grown and changed a great deal since it was formed on 16 September 1963. It was then seen as an unlikely nation hastily put together as a federation of British controlled territories in the region. Brunei's refusal to join at the eleventh hour and Singapore's secession before its second birthday only seemed to confirm such doubts.Yet, it has not only survived, but even thrived, often cited as a developing country worthy of emulation. Ruled by the same ruling coalition since the mid-1950s, it has been tempting to emphasize continuities, and there certainly have been many.Looking back at its last half century, this volume first considers changes in development policy in response to national as well as international developments. The remaining three parts consider how public policy has been influenced by and has, in turn, influenced economic distribution, public finance and economic federalism.Besides the familiar focus on ethnic disparities, regional and other distribution issues are considered. The discussion of government taxation as well as spending also focuses on distribution implications. Although constitutionally a federation, Malaysia has been more centralized than most federal states.The way forward requires greater sensitivity to the complex political economy of Malaysia's unlikely, but nonetheless resilient federation and ruling coalition.This book is published and distributed worldwide by World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd except Malaysia.
Factiva have many content types includes newspapers, magazines, trade journals, blogs, podcasts, websites, and newswires like Dow Jones and Reuters. Search in English, or another language of your choice. Find listed Singapore and international companies information under Companies/Markets.
Use this database to gain access to analyst reports and forecasts for both economic and political aspects. The reports examine and explain issues shaping the countries, including the political scene, economic policy, domestic economy, sectoral trends, and foreign trade and payments.
Use Business Monitor International (BMI) Research to locate SWOT analysis, risk/reward ratings, macroeconomic forecasts and brief company profiles for countries in Asia and the Middle East. Use the data and forecast feature to compare geographies and indicators to perform analysis and generate charts.
The Doing Business project provides objective measures of
business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.
This section provides useful links to the Malaysia social media.
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB)
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