I had a vision of Malaysia as a remote island in the south china sea with huts and palm trees, where the people just lived a sedate lifestyle fishing and farming and not much else sprang to mind. ( just shows how ignorant I was) but what a surprise at the way Malaysia has evolved and moved forward to be a developed forward thinking county in Asia.
Having lived here now for just under two years and I have a great respect for this country and it's people, such a diverse group of mixed races and cultures, yet they live side by side in harmony.
And this shows everyday by the way you are greeted going out to the shops and stores, the sales staff really do want to help you, they smile even in the poorest shops in the Kampung they make me feel special.
If i had to put things into an order it would be:
- The People (Friendly and helpful)
- The Weather ( always between 25o and 30o)
- The Food (So many choices From the posh restaurants to the roadside seller (hawkers) are all good)
- The Infrastructure.( Coming from UK it's great they drive left roads are good quality and well signed)
- The Beaches (Some of the best in the World without a doubt)
No matter how you like to spend your days, you will be able to find activities in Malaysia that interest you. Malaysia is a great place to live and a great place to spend your golden years.
They even have a programme to help you stay in the country for ten year renewable visa, its called the MM2H Programme www.MM2H.com.my aimed primarily at the retires as your money goes a lot further in Malaysia, without giving up on quality such as:
- Malaysia has one of the highest standards of living in the region with all the modern infrastructure and facilities in place.
- Cost of living is one of the lowest in Asia and will remain so for a very long time. This is achieved through the Government's efficient monitoring of the economy in ensuring that inflation is kept low at all times and thereby also the prices of goods and services.
- The weather is pleasant, warm and balmy with moderate rain throughout the year. There are also highland residential areas and resorts with permanent spring-like weather throughout the country.
- The whole country is very well connected with up-to-date, modern road, rail, air and sea transportation systems. Public transport by buses, taxis, trains and planes are comfortable, efficient and relatively low in cost.
- The ruling Government is the longest serving freely elected Government in the world. It is a Government representing all the races, religions, cultures etc. found in Malaysia. In fact, Malaysia is one of the most politically stable countries in the world.
- The rule of law is one of the fundamentals in Malaysia's constitution. Everyone is subjected to the law and also equal before the law. Malaysia practices basically the British system of justice with an independent reliable and dependable judiciary.
- Statistics can proof that Malaysia is one of the safest countries in the world, its crime rate is relatively low.
- Islam is the official religion of Malaysia but the constitution guarantees the right of people to practice other religions
- The Malay language (Bahasa Malaya) is the national language of the country; English is the second language but other languages can be freely used and practiced. Similarly the Malay culture is dominant in the country because the Malays are the dominant race in Malaysia and in the region. But other cultures can be practiced very freely.