Malaysia

Climate

Those who do not like hot humid climates should not consider Malaysia as a place to live. The country is totally within the tropics and close to the equator. Peninsula and East Malaysia are influenced by different weather systems but the net result is the same. Both East and West Malaysia are hot and humid. The Malaysian Meteorological Department produces a very comprehensive site which covers many aspects of the physical conditions of the country including the climate. For a description of climatic conditions in the various regions of the country in more colloquial than purely scientific terms there are other sources of information. In fact most tourism sites provide some information on the weather and the climate. Even the highland areas offer little relief from uncomfortable conditions. Although cooler the highlands are wetter and with more consistently higher humidity. For visits the driest weather on the east coast is in June and July but on the west coast January and February are the best months in which to avoid rain. In East Malaysia April is good in Sabah and June and July is best in Sarawak. At all times in all locations light loose fitting clothes are the most suitable, shorts are rarely worn. Women must take notice of the fact that this is a Muslim country and the legs and upper arms should be covered. Umbrellas should always be carried.

Time

Natural or Sun time is a function of the earth’s rotation on its axis. As the earth turns from west to east so the Sun rises later in locations west of any given location. Amanda Briney describes the relationship between longitude and time in more detail than is needed here. There are a number of web sites that allow a display of time at various places around the world.

Malaysia is a small country but it does spread across the degrees of longitude more than many. Since 1982 it has established Malaysian Time as the standard throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia. It is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight saving is not observed in Malaysia. A useful facility for keeping track of time can be found at the WorldTimeServer.com site and another site provides time information on a more country specific basis. However, the World Clock remains a "standard" in this field of information.

Climate and time are fully covered in the links provided at thr "Resources" tab of this site and in the book "How to Retire in Malaysia" by Les Johns. The book can be bought directly from this site.