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Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia, consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by South China Sea, into Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city in the country.  

The country has a population of approximately 32 million, Malay is the largest ethnic group of 68.8%, followed by Chinese 23.2%, Indian 7% and other ethnicities at 1%. Bahasa Melayu (Malay language) is the country’s official language however English is the second most widely used language for all Malaysian. 

The New Directions 2018 venue is in the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, which is located at the heart of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.


Malaysia has a tropical climate with warm weather all year round with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 32°C. In Kuala Lumpur, you should expect intermittent rain. If you will be out walking - sunblock, shades and a small foldable umbrella are essential items. 

Please also remember to stay hydrated, and carry water with you. 


The Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) is the currency of Malaysia. Cash machines will accept international credit/debit cards.


The electricity supply is 230 volts AC/50 cycles. The majority of plugs are three square-pin types.

Health and Safety

It is recommended that you ensure you have adequate medical insurance to cover the period of your stay in Malaysia. 

Government and private hospitals charge for all services and private care is expensive. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. 

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 or 112 from a mobile and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.


Insurance cover is the responsibility of each individual attendee.

Restaurant and Entertainment

Malaysia is a country of diverse cultures and traditions; its cuisine is just as varied. There is a huge variety of food available each varying in price depending on what establishment you eat in and the location. You can choose to eat Malay, Chinese, Indian, Western, Middle East, European, and other Asian cuisine. 

Street food is widely available throughout Malaysia and is the best way to experience local cuisine. Most shopping centres have large food courts with similar offerings. 

For a list of restaurants and food outlets in Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, visit www.suriaklcc.com.my

For restaurants and food outlets outside the KLCC area, visit www.timeoutkl.com

Places of Interest

For sightseeing attractions in Kuala Lumpur and around the central region, please view the brochure here or visit http://ebrochures.malaysia.travel/ for more information.