Kuantan has been the capital of Pahang state since 1955 and has become a fast-growing commercial port in the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsular.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Kuantan office premises are located at Pusat Perindustrian Gebeng, Kuantan, approximately 15 minutes from Kuantan Port by road.
Kuantan Port is also well-connected by road and rail to other parts of the Malaysian Peninsular and by air to major world destinations via Kuala Lumpur. Located approximately 220 kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan Port is about 3 hours by road or 45 minutes by air from Kuala Lumpur. Kuantan Airport is 12 kilometres from Kuantan town and approximately 38 kilometres from the Port.
Kuantan Port is a commercial port located at Tanjung Gelang (Latitude 3°58'N, Longitude 103° 26'E) at the crossroads of the international shipping lanes of the South China Sea. It is located approximately 25 kilometres from Kuantan town. The port is strategically located on the Eastern Seaboard of the Malaysian Peninsular and is the ideal gateway into Malaysia for seaborne trading. Kuantan Port is also the main gateway for trading with the Asia Pacific region and the East Coast Economic Region.
Malaysia is generally a laid-back and relaxed place. However, we do have our own customs and visitors should try to observe these practices when they arrive. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:
· Although handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introduction to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hands but without the grasp. The man offers both hands, lightly touches his friend’s outstretched hands, and then brings his hands to his chest to mean, “I greet you from my heart”. The visitor should reciprocate the salam.
· Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home and places of worship such as mosques and temples. Some Mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors.
· Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.
· The right hand is always used when eating with one’s hand or giving and receiving objects.
· The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred usage.
· Toasting is not common practice in Malaysia. The country’s large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.