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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Malaysia?

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We asked people in Malaysia if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"Probably do all the time and just don't realise! Lost in translation happens a lot when trying to communicate something," said another expat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"It is important to be respectful of local customs in Malaysia. It is considered rude to speak loudly or criticize another culture or religion. Additionally, avoid public displays of affection, dress conservatively, and refrain from pointing with your index finger. When invited to someone's home, it is polite to bring a small gift, such as flowers or food. Foreigners should also take care not to accidentally offend someone by using left hand to eat or give a gift," wrote a member who made the move to Malaysia.

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