WELCOME TO MALAYSIA!
ALL ABOUT MALAYSIA
Malaysia is the 43rd most populated country and the 66th largest country by total land area in the world, with a population of about 28 million and a land area of around 329,847 square kilometers (127,355 sq mi). It has land borders with Thailand in West Malaysia, and Indonesia and Brunei in East Malaysia. The two parts of Malaysia, separated from each other by the South China Sea, share a largely similar landscape in that both West (Peninsula) and East Malaysia feature coastal plains rising to hills and mountains.
The time difference between Malaysia and Indonesia is 1 hour. Malaysia follows international time GMT +8.
Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy. The head of state is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, commonly referred to as the “King”. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected to a five-year term by and from among the nine hereditary rulers of the Malay states; the other four states, which have titular Governors, do not participate in the selection. Malaysia consists of 13 states and 3 territories.
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Malaysia has developing technology and innovation that increasingly recognized by the world. Start from Petronas Twin Tower in 1998 until Proton, the automotive that has been export to foreign countries. The medical field was advanced, that’s why there is lot of Indonesian that come to Malaysia, besides Singapore, for treatment.
Malaysia population consists of more than 28 millions people. Most of them come from Malay tribe 65.8%, Chinese 25% and India 7.5% and the other western tribe 1.7%. The national language in this country is Melayu while the second language is English. Other languages that have usually been used in everyday conversation are Chinese, Cantonese, Hokkien, Tamil, etc.
Malaysia has several types of transportation from taxi, LRT (Light Rapid Transit), and bus.
Metered taxis can be hailed throughout the city. However, traffic jams, especially during rush hour are fairly common in KL and it might be difficult to get a taxi during rush hour. There are several bus operators operating in Kuala Lumpur, linking the city centre with the suburbs of the Klang Valley.
Like Indonesia, Malaysia also has a relative low living cost. The living cost that has to be thought about are accommodation, food, transportation, telecommunication, books, medical insurance, and also personal cost. Average cost that students needed starts from RM 10.000 until RM 11.000 per year, it depends on each person’s lifestyle.
There are several types of school in Malaysia such as, National High School with Malay Language as the intermediate language and Nationality School Type with English, Mandarin or Tamil as the intermediate language.
Generally, the length of primary school in Malaysia is just the same like in Indonesia, it took 6 years. At the year-6, students will follow the USPR exam. After taking the USPR, students will continue their study to the secondary or high school. Technically, high school is divided into two level, Form 1-3 and form 4-5. In form 4-5 students will be offered special programs like science and technical.
Pre-University Education is a continuation education after high school education where students are prepared to enter University level such as Form 6, matriculation, and special education. SPM examination will be held as the acceptance requirement for this Pre-University.
Foundation or Pre-university average cost is RM 15,000-RM 20.000 per year.
LEVEL 6 PROGRAM (FORM 6)
At Form 6, students will be given two choices of program, science or literature. The length of those programs is one and a half year. The final examination decides a student will enter a university level or not.
Exclusively matriculation program, the graduates will get a certificate that only can be used in University in Malaysia.
Malaysia is known as the pioneer country of the twinning program in 1980 with cooperation with foreign university in USA, UK, France, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, etc. This program is well known as the 2+1, where students will continue their study in foreign institution to get bachelor’s degree after finishing 2 years program in Malaysia. Beside 2+1 program, there is also 3+0 program from foreign institution through private institution that located in Malaysia. University average cost is from RM 20,000 – RM 25,000 per year.
The salary is RM 4 – RM 8 per hour.
• Foreign University Branch campuses in Malaysia
• Low Living Cost
• Focus on Research and Development
• Quality of Education Assured by the National Quality Assurance Body
• Singapore is just a 5-hour bus ride away from Kuala Lumpur (capital city).
• Times Square Mall is the largest mall in Malaysia with 15 floors, a rollercoaster, bowling alley, 3 Starbucks, a Wendy’s, and a hotel.
• It is considered rude to not try something when offered.
Pangkor Laut is a world-renowned tropical island destination. A 20-minute boat ride from Pangkor, it boasts one of the finest beaches in the Straits of Malacca. Sunset cruises can be specifically arranged upon request. Couples can choose to have dinner by Emerald Bay, which affords scenic views for a truly romantic experience.
For families with children visiting Genting Highlands can be lots of fun. There is a wide selection of outdoor and indoor theme parks. For water lovers, there is a choice between an indoor splash pool with warm water, or an outdoor water park.
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