How To Read Malay Addresses: The Best Guide In 2021

In the past few weeks, you've been informed on Malay numbers and how to count and read time and date in Malay. In this week's blog, we'll look at the step-by-step guide on how to read Malay addresses. This guide is highly crucial for those offered jobs in Malaysia or who plan to have a long-term stay in Malaysia. What if you're just genuinely interested to learn Malay? Yep, this blog is perfect for you too!

What To Know About Malay Address?

So, how different do you think Malaysian addresses are? If you compare the location of an H&M boutique in Kuala Lumpur with the one in London? I bet it looks more or less the same. Yes, the addresses here in Malaysia have a similar basic format to any other addresses, regardless of which city or country.

The primary difference in a Malaysian address would be the content of the address - the name of the street, building, and location; all that revolves around the Malaysian culture and Bahasa Melayu.

Today, I'll break down a standard Malaysian address and describe how each component of the address is constructed and to what purpose it serves.



Essential Terms In Malay Addresses

Generally, a Malaysian address is constructed and arranged based on this sequence: unit number, building name, street name and number, city, postal code, and state. Usually, these components are divided in address line 1 and line 2. Sounds familiar, right? Below is a sample home address that we'll use as an example to understand how to read addresses in Malaysia. I'll break down the address according to its structure, and we'll take a closer look at each component.

(1) Address Line 1

Unit/House number: No. 44

Street name & number: Jalan Desa Melur, 4/1

In Malay home addresses, the first element is usually the house number, such as No. 15 or 43. Following the house number would be the street name and street number. Here's an example of a street name and number in the Google map:

(2) Address Line 2

Residential area - Taman Bandar Connaught

Typically, after you inform people which street, road, or lane your house is situated in, you'll inform which residential area you live in. It's the name of your residence, housing estate, or neighborhood - whatever you call it. These bolded words are some of the most common residential names in Malaysia:

Jalan Tasik Senangin 9/7, Mahkota Hills, Mantin, Negeri Sembilan

Unit 14-5A, Persiaran CapSquare, Off Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Bentara, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Johor Bahru, Johor

Jalan MH Utama, Taman Muzaffar Heights, Ayer Keroh, Malacca

Suppose you're heading to a friend's place or a company that happens to be situated in a condominium or apartment residence. In that case, you'll notice the names of the condominium are included in the address too.

Jalan Galloway, Casa Residency Condominium KL, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

The Straits View Condominium, Jalan Permas Selatan, Bandar Baru Permas, 81750 Masai, Johor

Jalan Lompat Tinggi, Pangsapuri Servis Sri Acappella, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor

Jalan Ayer Itam, Taman Sri Indah Apartment, Kampong Baru, 11400 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, 11000

(3) Postal Code + City/Town

56000 Cheras

This is the format in Malaysian addresses - the postcodes precede the name of your town or city.

Here are a few more examples of this form of format (postcode + city/town):

40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

80350 Johor Bahru, Johor

88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

20508 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

34008 Taiping, Perak

Wondering what postal code is? The postal code and zip code are the same. In Malaysia, the locals are more familiar with the term postal code as the Malay equivalent is poskod. Yup, the Malay translation for postal code sound precisely like its English version (postal code or postcode).

Many of you, especially those from the United States, might be more familiar with the term zip code. Well, both essentially mean the same - the code comprises five digits that represent a particular location. This numeric data is significant specifically in mail sorting and parcel delivery.

This is a list of postcodes (the first two digits) representing each state and federal territory in Malaysia.

Federal Territories

Kuala Lumpur 50000 to 60000
Putrajaya 62300 to 62988
Labuan 87xxx to 87033


Selangor   Shah Alam 40xxx to 48300
63xxx to 68100
Terengganu  Kuala Terengganu 20xxx to 24300
Sarawak  Kuching  93xxx to 98859
Sabah  Kota Kinabalu  88xxx to 91309
Kedah  Alor Setar 05xxx to 09810
Kelantan  Kota Bharu 15xxx to 18500
Negeri Sembilan  Seremban 70xxx to 73509
Pulau Pinang  George Town 10xxx to 14400
Melaka Melaka 75xxx to 78309
Perlis  Kangar 01xxx to 02xxx
Perak Ipoh  30xxx to 36810
Pahang  Kuantan 25xxx to 28800
390xx to 39200

(4) State

Kuala Lumpur

This piece of information is very crucial too. It is so important that it would not be possible for someone not to include it when writing this address. Though a mail carrier or any delivery man can gain the information from your postal code, you can help a lot by stating the state you live in.

(5) Country


This part right here is self-explanatory. If you're reading an address in Malaysia, the country name in the address is undoubtedly Malaysia. Due to that, most addresses in Malaysia do not include the name of the nation. Why? Because that information is too self-evident.

Addresses In Malaysia - More Examples

The previous section describes an ordinary address in Malaysia, with a home address as an example. In this part, we'll see how the addresses of companies in Malaysia look like.

So that you know, these addresses aren't much different from the previous one. The primary difference is that these companies are situated in towers. Bear in mind that these are multinational companies (MNC) - it explains why they are located in towers instead of factories or shop lots.

Google Malaysia Axiata Tower, Level 20, 9, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Unilever (Malaysia) Holdings Sdn. Bhd. Level 34, Menara Telekom, Jalan Pantai Baru, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
PwC Malaysia Level 10, 1 Sentral, Jalan Rakyat, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50706 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Addresses On Parcels And Mails

Here's an example of how one's address is displayed on top of a parcel or mail. As you can see, it follows the arrangement I've stated earlier. In addition, one's personal information like name and phone number is also included in the consignment note.

How To Ask For Directions In Malay

Tumpang tanya, macam mana nak pergi ke tempat ini? Excuse me, how do I go to this place?
Boleh saya tahu tandas di mana? May I know where is the toilet?
Berapa jauh jarak pusat membeli belah itu dari sini? How far is the distance of the shopping mall from here?
Bagaimana saya hendak ke _____? How do I get to _______?
Boleh saya tahu di mana _____? May I know where is ______?

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