Malaysians enjoy meeting people from other countries. Don't be shy in
starting a conversation with a complete stranger. This is seen as a
positive quality in your character, a sign of confidence.
Muslim - Salam
When greeting a Muslim, offer your right hand then bring it towards
you with your fingertips softly touching your heart. This is the traditional
Hindu - Namaste
Bring both palms together as in prayer at mid-chest level, similar to
the "Wai" in Thailand.
Generally, the Malay - Chinese use the standard hand shake.
If you are generally worried about offending
different cultures by greeting them in the wrong manner, when introduced
to anybody just smile and give a quick nod of your head.
When entering a private home it is necessary to remove your shoes. If
you forget this you will be shot! Well, maybe nothing as severe but
it is very disrespectful.
Mosques - Places of worship
Always dress in smart clothing which covers pretty much everything.
Naturally the mosque is the spritual home of any Muslim and to disrespect
any place of worship is to disrespect the entire Islamic faith. You
have been warned!
Always handle food with your right hand. Don't ask me why!
Giving - Receiving
Any gifts given to or received from a Malaysian should always be offered/taken
with your right hand. See above!