When you meet older people:
1. Address elders as 'uncle' or 'aunty', alternatively 'pak cik' or 'mak cik' in Malay.
When you visit a friend's house:
2. Remove your shoes before entering someone's home.
3. If invited to someone's home for dinner, bring a small gift of food such as fruit or cake.
4. Ask if anyone is going for that last piece of food before helping yourself to it.
5. Don't cross chopsticks on the table or stick them vertically into rice as it symbolises death.
When you are on the road:
6. Extend your hand as a way of saying thanks when you’re given way on the road.
7. If a car has its signal light indicating that it needs to pass before you, give way.
8. If you MUST double park, keep watch and leave your number on the dashboard.
9. At a busy restaurant, quickly leave when you are done with your meal to accommodate waiting patrons.
10. Fold the top half of the banana leaf toward you to signify that you've enjoyed your meal and will return.
11. When eating communal dishes, take moderate portions so others get a fair share.
When you are given a gift:
12. If someone offers to pay for your meal or gives you an unexpected present, politely refuse the first time and accept after they insist that you receive it.
13. Never open ang pows or presents in front of the giver unless asked to.
When you are pointing your finger:
14. Instead of your forefinger, point at places, things or people with your thumb with the other four fingers closed in a fist.
When you eat with your hands:
15. Always use your right hand when eating or handling food. The left hand is considered unclean as it is used to cleanse yourself.
16. Do not openly shame, critique, insult, or put someone down in public.
17. Different people and communities in Malaysia practice different customs. Always be sensitive and respect local beliefs, customs, and culture.
18. If you need to excuse yourself by walking across seated guests, bend to lower your posture politely.
When you attend a wedding:
19. Do not wear pure white or black to a wedding reception. These colours are typically worn at funerals and signify mourning.
20. It is acceptable and usually preferred to give the gift of money to the wedding couple. Put the money in a red packet or in the wedding invitation envelope.
When you meet someone new:
21. Some women may not shake hands with men. Wait for the lady to offer her handshake first or else greet her with a smile and a nod of the head.
22. Not everyone in Malaysia drinks alcohol. Always ask a person if he or she drinks before bringing alcohol to their home. If dining out, politely ask if it is okay for you to order alcohol.
Speaking of common courtesy...