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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Malaysia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



33 379 500 (2023 estimate) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Malaysia - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 12th December 2020

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Malaysia - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 12th May 2021

Malaysia - Languages


38 languages are spoken on Peninsula Malaysia, a further 54 are spoken in Sabah and 45 in Sarawak. The official language, Bahasa External or Malay, is spoken by about 47% of the population. There are large numbers of Chinese External-, English External- and Tamil External-speakers.

Malaysia - For the attention of


This is written Untuk perhatian in Malay.

Malaysia - Personal names and forms of address


Chinese Malays write their names in the Chinese order, that is

   family name+given name+generational name

The generational name is one shared by siblings and sometimes first cousins in the paternal line, though it is not always used.

Muslims use Islamic naming conventions. Often they do not have surnames. Bin indicates “son of”, and binti “daughter of”. If Ahmad bin Yusef (“Ahmad, son of Yusef”) has a daughter, her full name might be Norhaini binti Ahmad (“Norhaini, daughter of Ahmad”). If she married Zakaria bin Kassim, her son’s name might be Muhamed bin Zakaria (“Muhamed, son of Zakaria”) and so on.

When a person has two given names, the second one is the one usually used.

The word Haji is added before the name of a man who has been on the pilgrimage to Mecca. His form of address then becomes Tuan rather than Encik. Tuan is used for older and more respected males. The female equivalent is Puan.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Malaysia - Company legal forms


The following company type may be found:

   Sdn BhdSendirian Berhad – limited liability company
   Bhd - Berhad - stock corporation
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Malaysia - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 16th August 2020

Addresses for street address deliveries in Malaysia are formatted:

   Recipient’s name
   {House number{[ ]Lot number{[ ]Floor[ ]}}}Building name
   Street name[ ]District
   postal code[ ]Postal town


   Recipient’s name 
   {House number{[ ]Lot number{[ ]Floor[ ]}}} Street name 
   postal code[ ]Postal town 

for example:


Addresses for deliveries to post office boxes take this format:

   Recipient’s name
   {Company name}
   [Peti Surat ]post office box number[, ]District[ ]postal code[ ]Postal town


   Recipient’s name 
   {Company name} 
   [Peti Surat ]post office box number 
   postal code[ ]Postal town 

for example:


For locked bag deliveries the format is:

   Recipient’s name
   {Company name}
   [Locked bag ]locked bag number[,]
   postal code[ ]Place name

for example:


Locked bag is Beg berkunci in Malay.

Batu followed by a number is an address block indicates a milestone number.

Addresses written in a non-native language will usually be written in English. Jalan is the Bahasan word for ‘Street’ or ‘Road’.

Certain abbreviations may be used in Malaysian addresses. These, together with other strings commonly found in addresses, are:

String Abbreviation Meaning
Bagian BHG division, section, zone
Bangunan   building
Bukit BKT hill
Cangkat   hillock
Jabatan JAB department
Jalan JLN road, street
Kawasan KAW area, zone
Kementerian KEM  
Kampung, Kampong KG village
Leboh, Lebuh LBH square
Ladang LDG estate, farm, plantation
Lembaga LEM board, governing body
Lengkok   curve, bend
Lingkungan   encirclement, enclosure
Lorong LRG lane, path
Menara   tower
Padang PDG field
Pant   ditch, drain
Persiaran PSN  
Pusat   centre
Rumah   house
Sungai SG river
Simpang SPG junction
Tanjung TG cape
Teluk TK bay
Taman TMN park, garden
Wisma   house
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External
   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Malaysia - Post office box


   Note: This section last updated 16th August 2020

This is written Peti Surat in Malay. Post office box deliveries may be to G.P.O. Box or to Locked Bag. Locked bag is Beg berkunci in Malay.

Malaysia - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 24th April 2020

Known as Poskod in Malay. The postal code consists of a block of 5 digits. The first two digits specify the main delivery office, the last three the delivery area.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Malaysia - Postal code format graphic


Malaysia - Postal code format

Malaysia - Postal code specifics


Malaysia - Postal code regular expression


Malaysia - Postal code level of coverage


Malaysia - Postal code map

imageClick on the map for a larger version

Place names in Malaysia


   Note: This section last updated 19th January 2017

Refer to Exonyms in Malaysia for full lists of place names in Malaysia in other languages.

Malaysia - Administrative districts


Malaysia is a federal state consisting of the following 13 states External (negeri-negeri, singular - negeri) and 3 federal territories (wilayah-wilayah persekutuan, singular - wilayah persekutuan) (shown in the list below with an asterisk). The names of these territories are used in addresses:

Postal code ranges. * indicates shared codes
Johor External (JHR) 14*, 79-86
Kedah External (KDH) 05-09, 14*, 34
Kelantan External (KTN) 15-18
Labuan External * (LBN) 87
Melaka External (Malacca) (MLK) 71*, 73*, 75-78
Negeri Sembilan External (NSN) 70, 71*, 72, 73*
Pahang External (PHG) 11, 25-28, 39*, 47*, 49, 52*, 69
Perak External (PRK) 30-33, 34*, 35-36, 39*
Perlis External (PLS) 01-02
Pinang External (Penang) (PNG) 10, 11*, 12-13, 14*
Putrajaya External * (PJY) 62
Sabah External (SBH) 88-91
Sarawak External (SRW) 51*, 53*, 54*, 55*, 63-64, 68
Selangor External (SGR) 40-46, 47*, 48
Terengganu External (TRG) 20-24
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur External * (KUL) 50, 51*, 52, 53*, 54*, 55*, 56-60
   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers Malaysia


Malaysian fixed line numbers have a full length, when called from abroad, of 8-10 digits. Mobile numbers have area codes commencing 1 and a length of 10 digits.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

Properties with value Malaysia


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/malaysia/admin/ External 20231226

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