For the time difference between Malaysia and Indonesia, most of Malaysia will just minus 1 hour from Malaysia (GMT+8) time but it is partly wrong. Unlike Malaysia, Indonesia actually has 3 different time zones which are WIB, WIT and WITA.

The time zone of Indonesia.


WIB (GMT+7) is the time zone that Malaysian always refer when comparing time zon between two countries as the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is located within WIB. WIB stands for Waktu Indonesia Barat that consist of Banda Aceh at the most western part to the East Java, Kalimantan Barat and Kalimantan Tengah at the most eastern part. The full list is as below:

  • Aceh
  • Sumatera Barat
  • Sumatera Utara
  • Sumatera Selatan
  • Riau
  • Jambi
  • Lampung
  • Bengkulu
  • Bangka Belitung
  • DKI Jakarta
  • Jawa Barat
  • Jawa Timur
  • Jawa Tengah
  • Banten
  • DI Yogyakarta
  • Kalimantan Barat
  • Kalimantan Tengah

Meanwhile, for WITA which stands for Waktu Wilayah Tengah, it has same time zone with Malaysia which is GMT+8. That is why, it is wrong to say that Malaysia is one hour late compared to Indonesia. It actually depends on which area you refer to. The most popular holiday destination which is Bali is located in WITA. Hence, if you moving from Banyuwangi (Jawa Timur) to Bali, you must change the time zone. WITA consist of:

  • Kalimantan Utara
  • Kalimantan Timur
  • Kalimantan Selatan
  • Nusa Tenggara Barat
  • Nusa Tenggara Timur
  • Bali
  • Sulawesi Barat
  • Sulawesi Tengah
  • Sulawesi Tenggara
  • Sulawesi Selatan
  • Sulawesi Utara

The third time zone is WIT which is Waktu Indonesia Timur with GMT+9. It is 2 hours behind from DKI Jakarta. It is consists of:

  • Maluku
  • Maluku Utara
  • Papua
  • Papua Barat

So, there you go. The 3 time zones of Indonesia. Btw, previously Malaysia has two time zones which are GMT+7:30 for peninsular and GMT+8 for Sabah and Sarawak. In 1982, Prime Minister at that time announced that the time zone has been synchronized to GMT+8 for entire Malaysia in order to ease the daily routines and business of Malaysia. Thank you.

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