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Defense Services Asia – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Coverage in SADJ
Defense Services Asia 2010


Next Show
April 18-21, 2016

Small arms, vehicles, military and law enforcement items are well displayed.

Meetings typically require a suit and tie. If one is touring the exhibits, business casual should suffice.

Hotel Hints
There are quite a few western chain hotels within Kuala Lumpur. One may choose to patronize one of the hotels recommended by the show promoter; generally decent rates and good service can be expected at a fraction of the cost charged by a western chain hotel.

Power & Plug Types
220volt 50 cycle, standard 2-prong plugs.

Country Warning
Malaysia is a Muslim country; one should be aware of immediate surroundings and be sensitive to anti-Western sentiments.

Cultural Hints
Malaysia is a melting pot of Asian, Indian, and Muslim influences. As a result, the country tends to be more laid back and generally accepting of western indulgences. Nevertheless, one should always be respectful of Muslim sensibilities.

Tipping is normal, about 10% of charges. For smaller purchases, adjust upward.

Ringgit. As of press time, the exchange rate was US$1 to 3.12 Ringgit or 1 Ringgit to US$0.31,

Getting Around
Taxis are quick and efficient, and generally an economical means of getting around. Be sure to negotiate the rate and/or fare BEFORE getting in the taxi, otherwise unscrupulous drivers may charge many times more than the standard rate. Insist that the taxi driver use the meter as a means of determining the fare.

Work with your hotel to schedule a tour of the local sites; typically a private guided tour can be arranged for between $100 – $150 per day, depending upon distance driven and the number of people present. Avoid the silk factories or batik factories your driver may insist upon visiting. The “factories” are typically little more than a retail store with a small work area used to show how the goods are made, and are not the actual factories in which the products are made. With that fact in mind, the prices at the “factories” are generally fair, but similar or the same goods may be found cheaper at the local markets where negotiating the price is welcomed and expected.

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