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About Shah Alam, Malaysia

Shah Alam located 30 KM from Kuala Lumpur city center and was opened in 1963 with the aim of becoming the administrative center of Selangor after Kuala Lumpur was made a Federal Territory on February 1, 1974. On December 7, 1978 with the consent of the 8th Sultan of Selangor, the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj, Shah Alam was declared as the capital of Selangor with an area of 41.69 square km. Since then, Shah Alam has continued to experience several times the area expansion process and the last one was on January 1, 1997. Through Plan Warta 1190, Shah Alam was expanded to 290.3 square km.

The rapid development of Shah Alam and its increasingly significant importance has led to the promotion of its status as a city on 10 October 2000. This declaration was completed by YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, the 13th Menteri Besar of Selangor. Shah Alam, which is administered by the Local Authority of the Shah Alam Municipal Council since 1978, automatically gains the status of the Shah Alam City Council. The population density is predicted to reach 450,000 people by 2010 as a result of the migration of people from all over the country looking for job opportunities in addition to the increase in the number of births.

Selamat Datang to Shah Alam!

Official Currency

The Malaysian Ringgit (currency code: MYR) is the main trading currency in Malaysia. Other major currencies such as the US Dollars, Euros, or British Pounds can also be used in selected major stores city-wide, though often these are congregated within the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Denominations for the Malaysian Ringgit come in different sizes and colours for convenience. The acronym “RM”, stands for Ringgit Malaysia while “Sen” refers to monies less than RM 1. Notes are printed in RM 1 (Blue), RM 5 (Light Green), RM 10 (Red), RM 20 (Yellow), RM 50 (Blue Green), RM 100 (Purple), and Sen are coined in form of 5 Sen, 10 Sen, 20 Sen, and 50 Sen. Licensed money changers are easy to find throughout the city, and typically accept most of the major currencies. In addition to this, traveller’s cheques can also be cashed in at banks, licensed money changers and selected hotels. Most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, and Amex. Digital payments via e-wallets are also widely accepted in the country. However, it is highly recommended that you do keep sufficient cash in hand for emergencies.

Immigration and Visas

Visa Requirements
To enter Malaysia, visitors must have a national passport or other internationally recognized travel documents with a validity period of at least six months beyond the length of stay in Malaysia. All passports and travel documents must be endorsed for travelling in Malaysia.

Note: All transit visitors who fly into Malaysia are eligible for a visa-free visit, as long as the period does not exceed 72 hours. Regulations may change from time to time; please check with the nearest Malaysian Embassy before you start your trip.

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia:

  • Commonwealth countries, with the exception of those from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
  • British Protected Persons
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Lichtenstein

Not required by nationals referred to in the list above for stays of up to three months apart from:

  • Nationals of Bulgaria, who may stay visa-free for up to one month.


  • Nationals may still require a pass upon arrival, even if they are permitted to enter Malaysia visa-free
  • All visitors must have proof of adequate funds and an onward or return sea or air ticket
  • Nationals not referred to in the list above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements

For more information on immigrations and visa requirements, visit www.imi.gov.my

Covid-19 and related Updates for Travellers to Malaysia
Visit https://www.malaysia.travel/travel-alert for latest updates for travelling to Malaysia.

Weather and Climate

The weather in Shah Alam in October is rain and chance of thunder. The average temperatures are between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). With more than 24 rainy days, Shah Alam is an incredibly wet during October.

Watch the weather in Shah Alam here.

Shah Alam’s weather is perfect for lightweight clothing so dress light and drink lots of water for a fun-filled day exploring this bright and sunny city.