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Since migrating to another country invites curiosity about its culture and inhabitants, we list below some interesting attractions in Malaysia, to lend you that mental support and rest for adapting yourself in absolutely strange or not so familiar surroundings:
1)The National Language is Bahasa in Malaysia (Malay) but English is widely spoken
as the Malaysian people are warm and friendly and unlike some countries welcome foreigners who choose to live here as they are happy to interact with them socially and extend their warmth and hospitality to the new entrants or immigrants, making them feel as though they have `a home away from home’ . The fact that a large number of people here speak English makes it especially convenient for those who are either native English speakers or speak enough English to communicate.
2) The weather is quite conducive to the environment and most expatriates do not get affected by the hot weather as most homes, cars and shopping areas are air-conditioned and it is easy to escape the heat in such surroundings, though unpredictable showers bring plenty of cool amidst sunshine.
3) Malaysia is a low cost country to live in and if you are on a pension from a developed country you will find that it offers a much better standard of living here. Since remittances from abroad are not taxed, it makes the programme even more attractive, if your funds are not taxed at source. The expensive items in Malaysia are alcoholic beverages and motor vehicles, though fortunately restaurant prices are generally low so this can offset the higher cost of alcoholic beverages and many places offer extended happy hours if you look out for them.
4) For vehicles and property, the high tax on motor vehicles is true for most countries in Asia. Applicants under this programme can bring in one car free of import duty, sales tax and excise duty or buy a new car here without these taxes. Prices for houses and apartments are quite reasonable if you stay outside of central KL and it is possible to buy a nice house with a pool, if you are willing to spend a little more. The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM) which equals 100 sen. Currency notes are in denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM50, and RM 100, coins are issued in 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen pieces. Licensed foreign money changers are found in all urban centres, key entry/exit points and shopping complexes. There are plenty of reliable, well established companies in Malaysia to advise expats on purchase of property, if they so desire and it is the policy of the website to only recommend companies which can provide good value for money and are reliable, but also additional information can be found in the property website
5) Malaysia has experienced many years of economic and political stability. Even the major economic downturn did not have the disastrous results for Malaysia and the financial outlook now is promising as many expats have expressed their satisfaction with the current Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib, who is introducing some sweeping reforms for the economic, financial, social and political scenario.
6) The country has generally good infrastructure with a world class airport, a very modern capital city and a well developed and maintained road network. The country has a strong commitment to become a leading IT and multimedia hub for the region and demonstrated this by creating the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), a high tech area stretching from
Kuala Lumpur to the international airport and offering state of the art communication networks. The government continuously invests in improvements to the country’s infrastructure and technology!
7)Malaysia has three major types of local cuisine which most foreigners enjoy, containing a blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes and restaurants can be found all over the country reflecting these three largest races in Malaysia offering delectable cuisine, also catering to the International tastes from around the globe. The open air stalls and roadside eateries as well as the non-air- conditioned restaurants serve food at an amazing low cost. If you prefer western dishes there has been a proliferation of restaurants opening in the major cities offering many different western cuisines as well as other Asian cuisines, Oriental, Mediterranean, Continental, Japanese, Italian, French and Afghanistan. The country has innumerable five-star hotels and clubs to offer you the best in the world!
8) Whether you are looking for low priced products or designer labels Malaysia has it all. There has been a significant increase in shopping malls around the country, particularly Kuala Lumpur, which offer a wide range of goods. Many imported items such as cosmetics, cameras and electronic equipment’s, carry no import duty so they are very reasonably priced. There are many home furnishing stores and most household items are readily available. For those people who are looking for food products from back home several of the newer supermarkets are offering a wide range of imported fresh and canned products specifically targeted at the expatriate market. Also, there is no dearth of stores and market areas offering designer wear, accessories, furniture, home linen, economically-priced apparels and all other essentials required by those residing in that country.