Malaysia gained its independence in 1957 and is a constitutional
monarchy. It is situated near to the equator and has a
year-round tropical climate. Humidity is always high and
there is increased rainfall during the rainy seasons from September
to October on the Peninsula's west coast and in Sabah, and on the
east coast of the Peninsula and the western end of Sarawak from
late November to mid-February.
Visits to Malaysia by Irish nationals are normally trouble free and
a considerable number of Irish live and work in Malaysia.
Given that Malaysia is a multi-cultural but predominantly Muslim
country, visitors should be sensitive to local customs. It is
advisable to dress and behave modestly, especially in rural areas
and, of course, in or near places of worship.
Although the official language is Bahasa Malaysia, English is
widely spoken and is the dominant business language. The
official website of the Malaysian Government is a very good source
of information on all aspects of the country, including living and
working in Malaysia. To access this go to The Malaysia Government's
For travel advice and information on travelling to Malaysia choose
from the menu on the left.