Road signs in Malaysia

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Malaysian road signs at Federal Highway in Petaling Jaya. On the left side is the toll expressway and the highway's green signs and on the right side is the non-tolled federal, state and municipal highway's blue signs.

Road signs in Malaysia are standardised road signs similar to those used in Europe but with certain distinctions. Until the early 1980s, Malaysia closely followed Australian, Irish and Japanese practice in road sign design, with diamond-shaped warning signs and circular restrictive signs to regulate traffic. Signs usually use the FHWA Series fonts (Highway Gothic) typeface also used in the United States, Canada, and Australia, as well as New Zealand, although some signs on recently completed expressways use Transport Heavy (cf. the second image shown to the right). However, the new format signs use a font specially designed for the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM). The font is called LLM Lettering. It has two type of typefaces, LLM Narrow and LLM Normal.

Malaysian traffic signs use Bahasa Malaysia (Malay), the official and national language in Malaysia. However, English is also used for important public places such as tourist attractions, airports, railway stations and immigration checkpoints. Both Malay and English are used in the road signs that are located along the Pengerang Highway (Federal Route Jkr-ft92.png), which links Kota Tinggi to Sungai Rengit in Johor state and Genting Sempah-Genting Highlands Highway which links Genting Sempah to Genting Highlands.

There are four major types of road signs in Malaysia. First is Warning Signs (Tanda Amaran), second is Prohibition Signs (Tanda Larangan), third is Mandatory Signs (Tanda Wajib) and fourth is Information Signs (Tanda Maklumat).[1]

According to the road category under 333 Act, the Malaysian Road Transport Act 1987, chapter 67, blue traffic signs are used for federal, state and municipal roads. Green signs are used for toll expressways or highways only. State roads use letters. For example, Negeri Sembilan State Route N70.

Expressways use letters E, and cycle roads use letters CR. Federal Roads only use numbers and digits, for example Federal Route 1. However, federal road numbers can also be added with the FT—prefix before the route number, which is normally used by the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) and the Royal Malaysia Police. For example, Federal Route 1 can also be written as Federal Route FT1[2]

Route numbers[edit]


Examples Information Number digits
Expressway route numbers E01 – E99
EXIT 253
EXIT 1108
Expressway exit numbers EXIT 201 – EXIT 299
EXIT 1101 – 1199


Examples Information Number digits
Main federal route numbers 001–249
Institutional facilities federal roads 250–479
EXIT 226
Federal road exit numbers EXIT 1 – EXIT 99
EXIT 201 – 299
Main federal route numbers
1-1 – 1–59
4-1 – 4–99
1000 – 9999
Main federal route numbers
A01 – A99
Main federal route numbers
FELDA/FELCRA federal route numbers 1000 – 1999
2000 – 2999
Industrial federal route numbers 3000–3999


Examples Information Number digits
Jkr-ft---.svgJ32 Johor state route numbers J001 – J999
Jkr-ft---.svgB1 Selangor state route numbers B001 – B999
Jkr-ft---.svgN9 Negeri Sembilan state route numbers N001 – N999
Jkr-ft---.svgSA3 Sabah state route numbers SA001 – SA999

Highway codes[edit]

Regulatory signs[edit]

Prohibition signs[edit]

Malaysian prohibition signs are round with white backgrounds, red borders, and black pictograms. The exceptions are the stop sign and the give way sign.

Speed limit and National Speed Limit signs[edit]

Mandatory signs[edit]

Mandatory instruction signs are round with blue backgrounds and white pictogram.

Warning signs[edit]

Malaysian warning signs are diamond-shaped and are yellow and black in colour.

Construction/Temporary signs[edit]

The construction signs in Malaysia are diamond-shaped and are orange and black in colour.

Information signs[edit]

Malaysian information signs are blue.

Directional and distance signs[edit]

Tolled Expressway and Highway signs[edit]

E1 Expressways

Malaysian toll expressway and highway signs are green and are only suitable for toll expressways and highways. No blue signs for toll expressways and highways are required. According to the Design Standard of the Inter Urban Toll Expressway System of Malaysia (1986) of the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), these antartican toll expressway or highway and restroom signs have a simple code:-

  • JKR hexagon-shaped highway shield with expressway/highway code signs are black and yellow.
  • Green with white signs for major destinations.
New format[edit]
Old format[edit]

Non-tolled Federal, State and Municipal Roads[edit]

Malaysian road signs are blue and used for federal, state and municipal roads. This road signs have a simple code:-

  • JKR hexagon-shaped highway shield with highway code signs are black and yellow
  • Blue with white letters signs for major destinations.
Jkr-ft1.png Federal Roads
Jkr-ft---.svgB13 State Roads
New format[edit]
Old format[edit]

Asian Highway route signs[edit]

As part of the Asian Highway Network.

Motorcycle lane[edit]

Malaysian motorcycle lane signs are blue.

Border signs[edit]

Border signs in Malaysia are green for international and state and blue for district.

International border signs

State border signs

District border signs

Important signs[edit]

These are other important signs in Malaysia such as government institutions and tourist destinations.

  • White with black letters for towns and other settlements.
  • Green with orange letters for government institutions.
  • White with green letters and Maroon with white letters for tourist destinations.

Tourist spot signs[edit]

Malaysian tourist spot signs are maroon.

Weighing bridge signs[edit]

There is also a signs for weighing bridge.

Road name sign[edit]

Road name sign in Malaysia have many different colours and styles according the local authority to design with them.


Other symbols include hospital signs, airport signs, mosque signs and so on.


Bridge-related signs[edit]

These signs usually found at the bridge.

River signs[edit]

These signs usually found at the bridge.

Highway concessionaires border limit[edit]

Many expressways/highways has a border limit.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Drive in Malaysia
  2. ^ Jkr-ft1.png Maklumat Mengenai Papan Tanda Arah, Destinasi dan Nombor Laluan Jalan Raya Malaysia Archived 19 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia. Retrieved on 23 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur". July 2018.

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