Setting Up Home in Malaysia

Find out about the essential domestic services you’ll need for your home in Malaysia...

Getting utilities - electricity, gas and water - connected is generally a straightforward process. It is common for landlords to keep the utility bills for electricity and water in their own name, so new tenants don't have to arrange connection to utilities. However, in this case, tenants are required to pay a deposit against unpaid bills.

Gas is often supplied in bottles and is rarely connected to the mains.


Electricity in Malaysia is provided at 240V with a frequency of 50Hz, although in some rural areas it can alternate between 220V and 240V. The electricity supply is generally good, but be prepared for occasional power cuts.


Malaysian electrical sockets use the Type G three pin plug.