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Published on December 8, 2014


Call before visiting a home.

Remove shoes when entering a Malaysian home or religious sites such as temples and mosques.

Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.

The right hand is always used when eating with one’s hand or when giving or receiving objects.

Be aware that some ladies will not shake hands.


Use your right forefinger to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred gesture.

Toasting is not a common practice in Malaysia. The country’s large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.

Avoid talking about religion and politics unless invited to do so. These are sensitive issues for many Malaysians.

(Source: Tourism Malaysia)