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Local Information

[1] Language

The official Language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, English is widely used and understood

[2] Religion

The official religion is Islam, although there is a proportion of Buddhists, Hindus and Christians as well. Mosques and temples can be found in Pangkor. Most of the religious festivals are gazetted public holidays and are celebrated regardless of race or creed.

[3] Business Hours

Pangkor practices the same office hours from most of the states in Malaysia.

  • Government offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am and close at 5.00 pm.

  • Banks are open for business at 9.30 am and close at 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday only except Public Holidays.

Money changing outlets can be found at town center that open daily. However, note that some private businesses and shops might be closed at any day depending on the shop owner.

[4] Currencies

In Malaysia Ringgit (MYR). Most currencies are accepted for exchange into MYR. Major credit cards are accepted at most major shopping complexes, restaurants and hotels. Tourists are reminded to have their passports ready when they wish to exchange traveller’s cheques.

[5] Emergency Facilities & Health Services

Pangkor has a Government Clinic as well as few local private clinics and doctors, which are linked with pharmacies nearby. There is also an ambulance, fire brigade, local police, army and navy bases located near island. Tsunami warning systems are installed, and notification systems are in place.

[6] Electricity

Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets. Adapters are available. 

[7] Climate

Pangkor Island is situated off the west coast of Malaysia and experiences hot and humid weather all year round. The rainy season runs from April - October and the dry season is from October - April.