Life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Enter Malaysia – a tropical, Muslim-majority country in Southeast Asia where its citizens live in multi-racial and multi-religious harmony. Comprising of 13 states and three federal territories and headed by the only elected constitutional monarch in the world. Malaysia is a vibrant and diverse parliamentary democracy with a population of over 30 million, making is the world’s 44th most populous country in the world.

Transportation in Malaysia is excellent, even the very remote areas are well connected by some or the other mode of transport Transportation throughout Malaysia reflects its status as an emerging economy. Paved roads and bustling highways link small towns to large cities. Rail transport is available in most parts of the country and comprises heavy rail (KTM) and rapid transit system such as MRT, LRT and and Monorail (Rapid Rail). Heavy rail is mostly used for intercity passenger and cargo transport, while Rapid Rail are used for intra-city urban public transport. More rapid transit networks, including in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Sarawak, are currently under construction to improve the overall’s public transport system.

Home to a diverse group of races and religions, the melting pot that is Malaysia is reflected in the languages used on a daily basis, as well as its rich traditional and modern influences on the country’s architecture and gastronomical delights. Made up of ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian, and other indigenous ‘Bumiputera’ groups, Malaysia is also known for its diverse, multicultural society. This melting pot leads to students gaining invaluable experience unique to Malaysia, and possibly learning life skills such as picking up a new language, or cultivating new friendships.Students also gain a global perspective on working, interacting and living with people from different cultures. This perspective helps inculcates values like hard work, resilience and tolerance, ultimately creating individuals who are able to adapt to any environment and contribute their vast experience to any organisation they join.

In Malaysia, an Asian state located just north of the equator, the climate is equatorial, ie hot, humid and rainy throughout the year. With temperatures consistently in the upper 80s degrees Fahrenheit and high humidity, you can count on being warm enough at all times outdoors. The only exception is the lush Cameron Highlands region where higher elevation makes it one of the only places you may actually feel chilly in Southeast Asia. All parts of Malaysia experience rainfall, even during dry season.

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