Malaysia is a modern, multicultural society and welcomes foreigners.
To succeed in business you must respect Malaysia’s predominantly Muslim population and their local traditions. Dress conservatively – women should cover their chest and shoulders at all times. Don’t offer to shake hands with the opposite sex, be guided by your host. Schedule meetings around prayer times and avoid appointments on Fridays, this is a religious day of the week. Take time to understand the local business hierarchy. When you go to meetings make sure your most senior representative walks into a room first and begins formal greetings. Follow these basic guidelines and it won’t take long for local partners and clients to warm up.
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