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Living in Malaysia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Malaysia with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • By moving to Malaysia, you will be exposed not only to a different culture and lifestyle but also to a vibrant and diverse economy.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you wish to travel to Malaysia, you should first inquire about entry requirements in the country, especially in terms of visas.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Hello Friends, i would like to share with you some information before you look bad into Malaysian Visa Application System.

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  • Foreigners wishing to work, study or settle in Malaysia will probably need a visa depending on the length of their stay.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Finding a job will probably be one of your first priorities if you dream of settling in Malaysia. The country's labor market is quite open to foreigners.

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  • Ipoh's labor market is quite open to foreigners. However, technicians and engineers have more chances of being hired there.

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  • Located near Singapore's borders, Johor Baharu is very welcoming to foreigners, especially tourists and highly qualified professionals.

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  • Klang is deemed to be one of Malaysia's and the world's major and most active port cities. You shall definitely find a job there.

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  • Seremban has a diverse labor market due to various economic activities which take place there. It provides many career prospects.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Known to be Malaysia's second capital city, Johor Baharu is mainly an industrial city. It also provides a range of accommodation options.

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  • Ipoh is deemed to be one of Malaysia's cheapest cities due to its low cost of living. As regards accommodation, offers are very affordable.

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  • Klang is, above all, known to be a port city. But it also provides accommodation for foreigners wishing to settle there.

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  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city, is definitely welcoming to foreigners wishing to settle there, offering many housing units.

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  • Malaysia provides a range of accommodation options at different rates for foreigners: apartments, condominiums, houses, room-sharing, etc.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • In July 2014, the UNESCO ranked Malaysia as the 11th most preferred destinations for higher studies worldwide.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Malaysia has a developed health care system which offers quality services. Moreover, many foreigners visit the country for special care.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Malaysia hosts many national and international banks where you can consider opening a bank account if you have decided to settle there.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • There are different types of taxes in Malaysia: road tax, consumption tax, property tax, income tax, etc. These also apply to foreigners.

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  • As the year draws to a close, it is important to relook at the qualifying tax expenses which will reduce your chargeable income resulting in a lower tax payable. It makes a difference especially if you are in the higher tax brackets. Let us look at some of the reliefs.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Kuala Lumpur provides a wide range of public transport to allow you travel everywhere across the city. Rates are rather affordable for some.

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  • You can choose among various means of transport to travel across Malaysia: train, bus, taxi, plane, car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Malaysia enjoys South-East Asia's most developed road network which makes driving comfortable, even for foreigners.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Malaysia requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Malaysia has a highly developed telecommunications network including land lines, mobile phones, internet, etc, allowing you to make phone calls anywhere...

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • You are definitely not likely to get bored during your stay in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, various leisure activities are available there for all ages.

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  • If you wish to travel to Malaysia with your pet, whether it is a cat or a dog, conditions will vary according to your home country.

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  • Malaysia is deemed to be a mixture of Chinese, Indian and Eurasian cultures at all levels. By moving there, you will discover a different lifestyle.

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