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.
2. The black and yellow hexagon-shaped symbols represent different highway codes
3. The colour of the letters on the blue signboards indicates whether it is a road or an area
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.
iv) Black lettering on white background: Town or other settlements.