People around the world make phone calls from country to country by use of an international phone system. Callers wishing to dial Malaysia must use an exit code and country code as part of the international dialing procedure. The exit code establishes a connection to the international system, while the Malaysia country code allows the caller to access the Malaysian phone system. Callers who learn how to properly use the international dialing codes can connect to any phone in the country of Malaysia.
Each country that participates in the global phone system has an exit code. This code applies to all calls made from a particular country whether the caller is trying to dial Malaysia, China or any other country. This is always the first code to press in when dialing Malaysia. Exit codes are typically either “011” or “00,” depending on the country. You may access a directory of codes that includes all exit codes on the HowToCallAbroad website (see Sources).
For example, a caller dialing from the US would always begin the call with “011.” But a UK caller would begin the call with “00.”
After dialing the exit code, callers from any country must then use a country code to access the Malaysian phone lines. When you dial Malaysia, always follow up the exit code with the Malaysia country code of “60.” This code number exists solely for Malaysia and should not be sued when calling to other countries.
For example, a caller from London would need to dial 00-60 to connect to the Malaysian phone network. Conversely, a Los Angeles caller would dial 011-60.
The caller who successfully dials Malaysia then needs to simply dial the local area code and phone number that would normally be dialed in a domestic call. However, the notable exception is that the international dialing system does not use trunk codes. These trunk codes are used only when making certain domestic long-distance calls. For example, the “1” in front of US area codes and phone numbers is the US trunk code. International callers should never use the “0” trunk code that is sometimes used on Malaysia to make domestic calls.
Therefore, a Los Angeles caller trying to reach the 123-4567 phone number in Kuala Lumpur would dial as follows:
Note that Malaysian area codes are one or two digits, while the actual phone numbers range from six to eight digits. Cell phones do not have an area code but usually start with a “1.”
Directory of Exit Codes and Other International Dialing Codes