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In any country and biz environment, there are accepted biz cultures and practices to observe conducting biz transactions, the working cultures of the people, the standard working hours and declared public holidays adopted by private and public enterprises.

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Business Norms, Practices & Cultures

Working Hours

In Malaysia, common working hours for most organizations are:

 

Work/Rest Days

Working Hours

Mondays to Fridays

0900 hours to 1730 hours

Saturdays

0900 hours to 1300 hours

Sundays & Public Holidays

Rest day

Lunch Time

1 hour usually between 1200 to 1400 hours

 

For companies who operate a 5-day week basis (especially multinational companies and some local conglomerates), the usual working hours are:

 

Work/Rest Days

Working Hours

Mondays to Fridays

0830 hours to 1730 hours

Saturdays

Rest day

Sundays & Public Holidays

Rest day

Lunch Time

1 hour usually between 1200 to 1400 hours

 

For government departments, government agencies and commercial banks

 

Work/Rest Days

Working Hours

Mondays to Fridays

0900 hours to 1700 hours

Saturdays*

0900 hours to 1300 hours

Sundays & Public Holidays

Rest day

Lunch Time (Mondays to Thursdays)

1 hour usually between 1200 to 1400 hours

Lunch Time (for Friday only)

2 1/4 hours usually between 1200 to 1445 hours

 

The 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month are rest days for government departments and financial institutions.



Public Holidays in Malaysia

 

for 2001 for 2002

 

Below are the lists of public holidays in Malaysia for year 2001, including some specific holidays in particular States. By knowing the various public holidays in Malaysia, you can plan your business cum pleasure visits in Malaysia much better.

 

Official Public Holidays (celebrated throughout Malaysia)

Date

Day

No. of days holiday

New Year Day

1st January

Monday

1

Chinese New Year Day

 24th February

25th February

Saturday Sunday

Monday

3

Hari Raya Puasa

6th March

7th March

Tuesday

Wednesday

2

Awal Muharram

26th March

Monday

1

Labour Day

1st May

Tuesday

1

Wesak Day

7th May

Monday

1

Kingís Birthday

2nd June

Saturday

1

Prophet Muhammadís Birthday

4th June

Monday

1

National Day

31st August

Friday

1

Deepavali

14th November

Wednesday

1

Hari Raya Puasa

16th December

17th December

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

3

Christmas Day

25th December

Tuesday

1

 

 

Specific holidays in the respective States

Date

Day

No. of days holiday

Federal Territory

   

 

- City Day

1st February

Thursday

1

Selangor

     

- Thaipusam

7th February

Wednesday

1

- Sultanís Birthday

10th March

Saturday

1

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Penang

     

- Thaipusam

7th February

Wednesday

1

- Sultanís Birthday

14th July

Saturday

1

Johore

     

- Sultanís Birthday

8th April

Sunday

1

Perak

     

- Thaipusam

7th February

Wednesday

1

- Sultanís Birthday

19th April

Thursday

1

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Negri Sembilan

     

- Thaipusam

7th February

Wednesday

1

- Sultanís Birthday

19th July

Thursday

1

Pahang

     

- Sultanís Birthday

24th October

Wednesday

1

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Malacca

     

  - Sultanís Birthday

13th October

Saturday

1

Kelantan

     

- Sultanís Birthday

31st March

1st April

Saturday

Sunday

2

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Trengganu

     

- Sultanís Birthday

20th July

Friday

1

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Kedah

     

- Sultanís Birthday

14th January

Sunday

2

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Perlis

     

- Sultanís Birthday

17th May

Thursday

1

- Hari Quran 

6th March

Tuesday

1

Sabah

     

 - Sultanís Birthday

16th September 

Sunday

1

Sarawak

     

- Sultanís Birthday

8th September

Saturday

1

 

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Biz Culture

Most organizations prefer you to make an appointment with the person whom you wish to visit. A date, time and venue will be decided.

Meeting place can be held at the lobby, lounge or coffee house of hotels and clubs or it can be at the office or factory of your potential clients.

In the day, coffee and tea are served at business meetings.

In the evening, sometimes beer and liquor are complimentary at social meetings.

Biz people of the Muslim religion are refrain from consuming alcoholic drinks.

Formal suits at most business meetings are not necessary for most organizations due to our hot and humid climate throughout the year.

For night business and social functions, formal suits and bateks for men and evening gowns for ladies are preferred.



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