Money & costs & other in Malaysia
The ringgit, pegged to the US dollar until 2005, now floats against an undisclosed basket of currencies. At the time of writing, US$1 was RM3.50.
Usual business hours in Malaysia:
Banks 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am Saturday
Department stores 10am to 8pm
Government offices 8am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 4.15pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 12.15pm and 2.45pm to 4.15pm Friday, 8am to 12.45pm Saturday
Shopping malls 10am to 8pm
Shops 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday
In the more Islamic-minded states of Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu, government offices, banks and many shops close on Friday and on Saturday afternoon.
Exceptions to these hours are noted in ¬individual reviews.