Culture & Religion
Because of the mixed ethnic makeup of Malaysia’s population, several religions are practiced within the country. The country’s official religion, however, is Islam, with around 61% of the population following the Islamic faith. Approximately 20% of the population is Buddhist, with around 9% practicing Christianity and 6% following the Hindu religion. Traditional Chinese religions, animist practices, and others are followed by the remainder of the population.
When entering any religious building, visitors are reminded to act respectfully and dress modestly. Women may not be allowed in some places of worship, especially mosques, and may be required to cover their hair and wear special garments over their clothes.
Visitors might need to remove shoes to enter some buildings; look for signs and shoe racks outside to guide you.