- Buying property in Malaysia – special emphasis on foreigners
- Obtaining Malaysian Residency and Employment Visa
- Michele Chan-Thomson on life as an expat in Malaysia’s Penang
- Jacques Duquesne – An Expat’s Life in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur
- Retiring in Malaysia – MM2H rules and benefits
- Establishing Residency in Malaysia
- Diverisity of buying property in different parts of Malaysia
- Quality of Life in the country
- Marriage and Divorce related laws in Malaysia
- Taxes and Banking in the country
- Name: Malaysia
- Area: 329847 sq. kms.
- Population: 30.3 million people
- Capital City: Kuala Lampur
- Gross Domestic Product: $313.2 billion per year
- Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
- Major Religions: Islam, Christianity,Chinese Universalism,
- Per Capita Income: $10538
- GINI Coefficient: 46.2
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About The Country
Living in Malaysia is certainly a big adventure for most expats. This country on the tip of Southeast Asia has much to offer in terms of cultural variety. Spending a few years in Malaysia can easily turn into a life-changing experience.
Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richer nations in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix: there is high-tech infrastructure and things generally work well and more or less on schedule, but prices remain more reasonable than, say, Singapore.
There are as many languages spoken in Malaysia as there are people of different ethnic backgrounds. Bahasa Malaysia is the official language, but luckily for expats in Malaysia, English is an active second language which is widely spoken, particularly by business people.
Religion is a defining feature of life in Malaysia. With more than 60% of the population being Muslims, Islam is the official religion. However, freedom of religion is enjoyed by everybody. Buddhists make up another big religious group in Malaysia, followed by Christians, Hindus, and various Chinese religions.