5 Malaysian Road Sign Meanings You Probably Weren't Aware Of

*Flips through the JPJ test book*

Cover image via Ching Neng Bin & Maukerja

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Whether you're a new or seasoned driver in Malaysia, you may have wondered what are the meanings behind some of these common road signs in the country:

1. Blue and green signboards indicate the different road types

These are very common and you can find them everywhere in Malaysia.

The blue road signs are toll-free federal, state, and municipal roads. The names are usually in white-coloured letters.

Federal roads are roads that are declared under the Federal Roads Ordinance 1959 and usually consists of major road networks that connect the states, and the roadway leading to the entry and exit point from the country.

On the other hand, state roads are the primary roads used in intra-state travel between district administrative centres, and municipal roads are roads that are within a certain the local council.

Meanwhile, the green signboards represent toll-paying expressways or highways and also have white-coloured letters.

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2. The black and yellow hexagon-shaped symbols represent different highway codes

These numbers and alphabets point out the type of roads:
– The alphabet 'E', which indicates it's an expressway.
– Federal roads only use numbers.
– State roads use both alphabets and numbers, except for the alphabet 'E'.

Image via Ching Neng Bin

3. The colour of the letters on the blue signboards indicates whether it is a road or an area

The yellow-coloured lettering indicates it's a road and the white-coloured lettering represents a town or an area.

Image via The Borneo Post

4. Different signboard colours represent different types of destinations

Even the lettering colours have different meanings against different background colours:

i) Green lettering on white background: Government tourist attraction.

ii) Orange lettering on green background: Government buildings.

iii) White lettering on brown background: Recreational areas of historical and cultural significance.

Image via Taman Negara

iv) Black lettering on white background: Town or other settlements.

5. The destinations are arranged from top to bottom by distance

The destination name at the top is the furthest and at the bottom is the nearest.

Image via MauKerja

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