Gas, electricity and water in Malaysia


The utility costs in Malaysia can be unexpectedly high in relation to the relatively low rental prices. Keep that in mind, especially when using air-conditioning.

There are several electricity suppliers in Malaysia who serve the different areas of the country. Electricity in Peninsular Malaysia is distributed by Tenaga Nasional Berhad , while the State of Sabah is served by Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd.  and the State of Sarawak by Syarikat Sesco Berhad .

Electricity in Malaysia

The voltage in Malaysia is 240v with a frequency of 50 hertz. In rural areas it can sometimes alternate between 220v and 240v.

Malaysia uses the same 3 prong plugs as the UK does.. Therefore when travelling to Malaysia, take a UK adapter instead of an Asia one.

The electricity supply in Malaysia is very good. However, be prepared for occasional power cuts.

Electricity bills are received by post and can be paid at a post office or in the office of the electricity supplier.

Gas and water

The major Malaysian gas supplier is Gas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (http://www.gasmalaysia.com/). However, it only supplies gas in Peninsular Malaysia. All other regions use bottled gas.

Water supply is not managed by a major supplier but by individual authorities.

Waste collection and recycling

Household waste is usually collected once a week, whereas the collection is more frequent in the condominiums.

Recycling in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur is not as advanced as in Western states, but it is on its way to improvement. Recycling casks can usually be found in many apartment buildings and condominiums, or if not available, you can bring recycling waste to the nearest recycling centre. So far, only tin cans and plastic bottles are collected for recycling.

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