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 21º to 32º Celcius. 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.

CountryThe Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Geographical LocationLocated 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.
Area329,758 sq km
Population26 million
CapitalKuala Lumpur
PeopleMalays who make up about 57% of the population are the predominant group with Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups making up the rest.
LanguageBahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.
ReligionIslam is the official religion but all other religions are freely practiced.
GovernmentMalaysia 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.
ClimateTropical 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 15ºC (59º F) to 25ºC (77ºF). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.
Major HolidaysNew 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 ProfileManufacturing 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.
CurrencyThe 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 HoursMost 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 OfficesOpen 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.
TimeMalaysia is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time.
TelephonesLocal 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.
AccommodationMalaysia 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 Terengganu

Terengganu is a sultanate state of federal Malaysia. The states are also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Iman (“abode of faith”). The coastal city of Kuala Terengganu, at the mouth of the broad Terengganu River, is both the state royal capital and is the largest city in Terengganu.


Kemaman is a district in Terengganu, Malaysia. It is situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Kemaman is administered by the Kemaman Municipal Council. The town of Chukai is Kemaman’s administrative and economic centre.

Kemaman’s economy is primarily based on the petroleum and oil industry. The discovery of oil in offshore Terengganu in 1980s has attracted immigration to Kemaman from rural areas as well as other parts of the country. Kemaman is home to the deepest seaport in Malaysia.

There is also a new developed zoo in Kemaman which offers many variety of wildlife for the tourists and locals. It is also the first zoo in east coast region of Peninsular Malaysia.

There is a mini sport stadium in Kemaman, besides kayaking, in Bakau Tinggi. For windsurfer or kite surfer, you can make use of all Kemaman public beaches (Teluk Kalung, Pantai Penunjuk, Geliga and others) which was also provide place for beach soccer.

Nasi Dagang is glutinous rice, white or pinkish, cooked in coconut milk and served with fish curry, cucumber, pickle and coconut sambal. More recent accompanying items include chicken and seafood cooked in curry.Various confectionery type and traditional food is here. With side dish way cake, bepang, saggong, anthill flour, layer cake, akok, muffin, and ketupat palas.

Living Expenses

The average cost of living for a student living on campus is RM3,500.00 per year and this amount includes the cost of food, accommodation and personal expenditure. For an off- campus students, the cost of living ranges between RM6,000.00 to RM7,000.00 per year. The cost of accommodation and transportation constitute a substantial portion of the off-campus expenses.

TimeMalaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
CurrencyThe Ringgit Malaysia (RM) is the official currently. The exchange rate is approximately RM3.30 to US$1.00.
Electricity SupplyAll electrical items operate on a 240-volt 50 cycle power supply.

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Immigrant and Application

What is Visa?

A “visa” grants permission to enter a foreign country. Ordinarily this is signified by a stamp in the traveler’s passport. In Malaysia, the final permission to enter the country is based on the decision of the Immigration Officer at the point of entry.

What is Permit?

A Permit or Student Pass is an approval document issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia for a foreigner to be in Malaysia for educational purposes. The student pass is a compulsory document for full time international students, including students participating in exchange programme and visiting programme for the duration of more than 2 months.

What is Special Pass?

A Special Pass is a temporary pass issued by the Immigration Department due to a pending decision on student or social pass application and is only valid for a maximum of a one month.

Facilities And Accomodation