How to call Malaysia (country code +60)

Calling to Malaysia

… to a mobile (cellular) phone

Use the same call sequence.

Malaysian mobile phone numbers begin with ’01’ (or ‘1’ when included in an international call sequence).

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

VoIP phone numbers based in Malaysia are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

There are no designated VoIP exchanges in Malaysia.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

Malaysia does not have a country-speicifc satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within Malaysia (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix when calling within Malaysia.

Local calling (within the same area code)

Dial only the local phone number – a leading ‘0’ and the area code is not required.

seven to eight digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (between different area codes)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code, followed by the local phone number.

0one to two digitsseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Singapore shortcut code

Calls to Singapore phone numbers can be dialed through the domestic call sequence of area code ’02’.

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code ‘2’ and the eight digit Singaporean phone number.

02eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number in Singapore

Calls to Singapore can also be dialed through the regular international call sequence.

Brunei shortcut code (from East Malaysia only)

Calls to Brunei from East Malaysia (however not from Peninsular Malaysia) can be dialed through the domest call sequence of area code ‘080’.

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code ‘080’ and the seven digit Bruneian phone number.

080seven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number in Brunei

Calls to Brunei can also be dialed through the regular international call sequence.

Malaysian phone numbers explained

Number structure

Malaysian phone numbers are eight to nine digits.

Landline (fixed-line) phone numbers: First one to two digits represent the area (geographic) code. Peninsular Malaysian phone numbers are assigned one digit area codes (‘3’, ‘7’, and ‘9’). East Malaysian area codes are two digits beginning with ‘8’.

Mobile numbers begin with ‘1’ and are dialed the same way as all other numbers in Malaysia.

An example of a Malaysian phone number

The National Museum of Malaysia lists its phone number in Kuala Lumpur as 0 3 2267-1111.

Number explanation
6032267 1111
country code for Malaysiaarea (geographic) code for Kuala Lumpurlocal phone number in Kuala Lumpur
Local example – calling from another location in Kuala Lumpur

Only the local eight digit phone number is dialed when calling with the same area code.

2267 1111
local phone number in Kuala Lumpur
Long distance example – calling from Sibu, Malaysia (on the other side of the country)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the destination area code, followed by the local phone number.

032267 1111
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Kuala Lumpurlocal phone number in Kuala Lumpur
International example – calling from outside Malaysia

Dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Malaysia’s country code of ’60’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

exit code6032267 1111
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Malaysiaarea (geographic) code for Kuala Lumpurlocal phone number in Kuala Lumpur

Area codes

By region

Many area codes are listed with a leading trunk prefix of ‘0’. The ‘0’ is not included when dialing from outside Malaysia.

Brunei (domestic access from East Malaysia) 80
Johor 7
Johor (Muar and Tangkak) 6
Kedah 4
Kelantan 9
Kuala Lumpur 3
Labuan 87
Malacca 6
Mobile 1
Negeri Sembilan 6
Negeri Sembilan (Gemas) 7
Pahang 9
Pahang (Genting Highlands) 3
Pahang (Cameron Highlands) 5
Penang 4
Perak 5
Perak (Pengkalan Hulu) 4
Perlis 4
Putrajaya 3
Sabah (Interior Division) 87
Sabah (Kota Kinabalu and Kudat) 88
Sabah (Lahad Datu, Sandakan, and Tawu 89
Sarawk (Kuching) 82
Sarawk (Sri Aman) 83
Sarawk (Sarikei, Sibu, and Kapit) 84
Sarawk (Lawas, Limbang, and Miri) 85
Sarawk (Bintulu and Belaga) 86
Selagnor 3
Singapore (domestic access code) 2
Terengganu 9

By city

Many area codes are listed with a leading trunk prefix of ‘0’. The ‘0’ is not included when dialing from outside Malaysia.

Alor Setar 4
Ipoh 5
Johor Barhu 7
Kota Kinabalu 88
Kuala Lumpur 3
Kuala Terengganu 9
Malacca City 6
Miri 85
Mobile 1
Penang Island 4
Petaling Jaya 3
Shah Alam 3

Special numbers

Toll-free (Freephone) 1800
Long distance carrier selection 18xx (not 1800)
Multimedia service number 1900
Personal numbering service 1700
Premium rate 1600
Dial-up internet services and paging 15xx

Calling from Malaysia

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Malaysia.

Phone books, directories, and number lookup

Administrative and regulatory

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