Malaysia is a Muslim country therefore same-sex relationships are banned and can result in punishment including fines, prison sentences.
While in Kuala Lumpur, LGBT travelers should refrain from showcasing love affection in public and obey laws and rules currently in force. Nevertheless, the possibility to face depreciative exclamations and homophobic aggressive acts is quite low – the law enforcement authorities pay more attention to ethnic Malays who are Muslims from birth.
Despite severe laws, Kuala Lumpur boasts of rather vibrant LGBT-life – there are several gay clubs and bars.
Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant megalopolis and despite solid Muslim traditions, there aren’t strict laws that dictate public behavior. However, there are some rules that should be obeyed by visitors to Malaysian capital therefore show respect to the local culture and lifestyle.
- It is not advisable to drink alcoholic beverages in public.
- Women should refrain from wearing provocative and too open clothes. Also, it is prohibited to be topless even on beaches.
- It is better to refrain from pointing people and thing with forefinger. It is widely accepted to use thumb instead.
- It is forbidden to take food or pass something with left hand – it can offend a person who is involved in action.
- It is not desirable to touch somebody’s head because it is considered to be sacred in Malaysia.
- It is not appropriate to greet women with handshake.
The voltage in Kuala Lumpur electricity network is from 220 to 240V AC with current frequency 50 hertz. As a rule, three-pole plugs with flat pins, similar to the British ones, are used. If necessary, you can take adapters at hotel reception (this service is free), or buy them at local supermarket.
Officially, Malaysia is one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia, and its capital is the city with low crime rates. However, the safety level of Kuala Lumpur is worse than declared by local authorities.
Usually, tourists are threatened to become a victim of pickpockets, who are newcomers from Bangladesh, India and other poor countries. So, be very watchful while on a walk. Don’t take all your cash with you: count necessary amount of money for one day, and it is better to leave the rest of the precious things and documents in a lock box of a hotel. Be very vigilant in crowded places as railway stations, markets, public transport and popular touristic sights.
It is possible to go out at night without any safety precautions only in crowded Kuala Lumpur downtown; nevertheless, it is better to refrain from walking alone in the city’s outskirts in order to avoid any burglary or robbery.
Moreover, take into account that Malaysia makes the list of countries with high risk of plastic card frauds. Pay with credit card seldom and only at reliable facilities that arouse trust. Don’t cash money in street ATM because swindlers might install special devices that read card secret codes. Use ATM located in bank offices.