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Old 29th February 2012, 04:33 PM
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I am Australian, I lived in the USA for 10 years, and have been living in Mexico for 3 years. I am 63, retired, with a reasonable income. I like the water, as well as the mountains. Why should I retire to Malaysia, I have been there and enjoyed it.
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I am Australian, I lived in the USA for 10 years, and have been living in Mexico for 3 years. I am 63, retired, with a reasonable income. I like the water, as well as the mountains. Why should I retire to Malaysia, I have been there and enjoyed it.
Hi. My experience is limited and based on 18 months in Penang. I'm an Australian who has lived in other parts of the world, but I wouldn't consider retiring here. However, each to their own, and this area clearly has some very good strengths:
# great people and interesting culture
# the architecture of Georgetown and surrounding areas
# relaxed, quiet well-paced Island lifestyle, scenic
# good and well priced health system
# well developed infrastructure and services (TV, internet, phones, post etc)
# relatively cheap flights
# the government has a specific program for attracting expats called Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)

On the down side:
# it's hot. The rain brings some relief but doing anything strenuous during the day is an effort. Depends on how you spend your time.
# not a lot to do if you're not working. I don't know if there is a well-developed expat network for retirees. Maybe you're good at integrating into the local community?
# property prices. If all you want is a condo then they are plentiful and reasonably priced. However is you want land, then it seems to be a different ball game.
# corruption (which the govt is addressing) and control of the press and the opposition.
# high import duties on certain items (cars, wine).

It really depends on your criteria and priorities.

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I am Australian, I lived in the USA for 10 years, and have been living in Mexico for 3 years. I am 63, retired, with a reasonable income. I like the water, as well as the mountains. Why should I retire to Malaysia, I have been there and enjoyed it.
In no particular order:

1. Tax-free income (thanks to Malaysia My Second Home program).

2. Reliable warm weather all year round.

3. Great food, affordable, diverse.

4. Low cost of living.

5. Low crime.

6. Good private hospitals (and affordable).

7. Friendly, laid-back people.

8. Access to almost all your home comforts.

9. Cheap flights to many countries around Asia.

10. Durian.
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1. Malaysia has been ranked by the Global Peace Index (GPI)ís 2011 report as the 19th safest country in the world, and the safest country in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region.

Previous leader, now Singapore is ranked the 2nd in SEA and 24th in the world.

2. Visitors consider Malaysian smiles as warmest in SE Asia- could not ask for more......
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Old 13th March 2012, 10:05 AM
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1. That's very interesting! Malaysia is certainly a safe country though I'm surprised Singapore is not ranked higher than 24th. The methodology is interesting: Global Peace Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2. Agreed. Malaysian hospitality is fab. Very welcoming, calm and friendly without being over the top.

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ah yes, and the smiles are catching as well and makes you smile back. It sure leaves a warm feeling and makes my day!

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I am Australian, I lived in the USA for 10 years, and have been living in Mexico for 3 years. I am 63, retired, with a reasonable income. I like the water, as well as the mountains. Why should I retire to Malaysia, I have been there and enjoyed it.
The cool tropical climate of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia offers a good lifestyle.
Cost of living here is manageable and you can still commute to Ipoh (the nearest city) by a deluxe coach at 8am, 11am,3pm and 6pm. It is like a small village lifestyle away from the busy city.The temperature is a cool 17 degree in the night and early morning. The Village in Tanah Rata is also growing offering opportunities for people who want to retire to do some work or small businesses.

I have came here to work for a Japanese exporter of flowers and now I am able to earn a decent income as a private tutor and also as a part time property agent.
I have been in Tanah Rata since November 2011- and if you like I can send you some pictures and information.
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In no particular order:

1. Tax-free income (thanks to Malaysia My Second Home program).

2. Reliable warm weather all year round.

3. Great food, affordable, diverse.

4. Low cost of living.

5. Low crime.

6. Good private hospitals (and affordable).

7. Friendly, laid-back people.

8. Access to almost all your home comforts.

9. Cheap flights to many countries around Asia.

10. Durian.
LOL! The ratings should be from 10 down to 1! One whom had not tried it shall go to the grave regretting for not being able to savor the King of Fruits!

Roy

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In no particular order:

1. Tax-free income (thanks to Malaysia My Second Home program).

2. Reliable warm weather all year round.

3. Great food, affordable, diverse.

4. Low cost of living.

5. Low crime.

6. Good private hospitals (and affordable).

7. Friendly, laid-back people.

8. Access to almost all your home comforts.

9. Cheap flights to many countries around Asia.

10. Durian.


I like the way you say malaysia is a good place. and i'm happy that i'm born here. without all the nature disaster ...

Durian many Expat love it

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Old 27th April 2012, 12:15 AM
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