Stationary connection. Public telephones are widespread in Kuala Lumpur: they are installed in shopping malls, near varied institutions, on the public transportation stops. Such telephones work with cards that can be bought in the offices of the company Telekom Malaysia, at filling stations, in supermarkets and press kiosks. Some Kuala Lumpur public telephones have a system that accepts credit cards. You can also quite often find old versions of public telephones, where you can pay with coins.
It is possible to make both local and international calls from the public telephones. In addition, it is convenient to call abroad from the machines, installed at telephone connection points of the company Telekom Malaysia. They operate throughout the city. In order to make an international call from a stationary phone in Kuala Lumpur, dial 001 (the access code for international line), then dial country code, city code, and telephone number. To make a local call, it is enough to dial a city telephone number.
You may also use international telephone services in your hotel. However, you’ll need to find out an access code for the call and rates separately. In addition, some hotels charge an additional fee for successful connection.
Mobile connection. As a rule, after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, your cell phone will be automatically registered in the network of a local cellular operator. However, considering that roaming is pretty expensive in Malaysia, it is more convenient to buy a local SIM-card.
There are three cellular operators in Kuala Lumpur: Maxis, Celcom (and its virtual colleague – Tune Talk) and Digi. Their SIM-cards are available in the airport, in mobile connection shops, and almost in every shop in the city.
Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly developing capital of the progressive country, therefore, it is not a problem to get an access to the Internet, both wired and wireless one.
Most local hotels have Internet access points that allow using it in halls and in rooms alike. Those guests who don’t have laptops or other devices providing Internet access can use public computers, installed in some hotels. Almost all cafes and restaurants, large shopping malls, clubs and bars offer Internet access for free or for a reasonable price.
You can also access the Internet from your cellphone, if it supports GPRS or one of 3G standards. In order to do so, you need to buy a special SIM-card with mobile Internet from one of Malaysia’s many cellular operators (you will need your international passport to make a purchase).
In addition, many internet cafes offering wired or wireless Internet access work in major tourist areas.
It is recommended to be careful when using public computers, while they are often infected with viruses, may contain spyware and other harmful software. Working on such computers, it is better not to enter confidential data, that is, not to use your user name and password to enter the mailbox, forums, etc.
Malaysia’s leading post operator that provides internal and international postal services is Pos Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has over 60 postal offices, conveniently located throughout the city. Address of the nearest branch can be found on the official website of Pos Malaysia www.pos.com.my. Most of them are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (some – to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.), and on Saturdays – from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pos Malaysia is one of the cheapest in the South East Asia. It costs about 2 RM to send a postcard or a letter by airmail anywhere in the world.
In addition, many international courier express-services, including DHL, FedEx, UPS, have their branches in Kuala Lumpur.
Police, Ambulance Service, Fire Brigade – 999
Search and Rescue – 994
Common emergency service number for mobile phones – 112
Touristic Police – 296-590