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    Default Expats in KL agree that Malaysia is the third best country to retire

    http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysi...country-retire

    KUALA LUMPUR - Vive Le Malaise! Kuala Lumpur expatriates are giving the thumbs-up to InternationalLiving.com's annual Global Retirement Index 2014, which ranked Malaysia as the third best country to retire in, after Ecuador and Panama.

    Affordability is a big pull factor. Malaysia gives most foreigners a real bang for their buck.

    The site stated that a couple could live on US$1,700 (S$2,159) a month in a luxury seaview apartment. Another US$400 a month could get them a full-time, live-in maid.

    St Chaire Catlow, 34, from the Caribbean, who moved here seven years ago with her English businessman husband, agreed.

    "The standard of living here is good. Our cost of living in proportion to our income is low and that's a big plus," she said.

    InternationalLiving.com stated that Malaysian meals cost as low as US$3.

    "Food is great and cheap. The best part is the variety," said Stuart Yeomans, 29, a financial consultant from Britain, who has been here for six years.

    "I regularly go for great sushi and Malay, Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern and European food!"

    Craig Donald, 57, who has been living here for 12 years, said it was easy to fit in with the locals, despite having a thick Scottish accent.

    The survey ranked 24 countries based on expatriate opinions.

    InternationalLiving.com also stated that Penang and Kuala Lumpur had "excellent hospitals" and English-speaking physicians.

    Yeomans concurred that the healthcare options here were brilliant.

    "I would choose Gleneagles or Prince Court over hospitals in the UK any day of the week," he said.

    According to the website, starting a business in Malaysia is relatively hassle-free as there are many expatriates running cafés, yoga studios, restaurants and schools here.

    It highlighted the Malaysia My Second Home programme for non-Malaysians to stay in the country on a social visit pass for 10 years.

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    I agree too. That is why i bought a unit there for my retirement.

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    Glad the survey validates my decision to retire in Malaysia too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummy View Post
    Glad the survey validates my decision to retire in Malaysia too...
    This ranking is bad news if you are planning to really retire in Malaysia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyenergix View Post
    This ranking is bad news if you are planning to really retire in Malaysia.
    Why is it bad news?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummy View Post
    Why is it bad news?
    More well-heeled foreigners coming in to retire will push up the cost of living and jam the place.

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    I hope the survey won't be publicized.

    Let people continue to have the perception that Malaysia is a crime ridden, God forsaken country so that they will avoid it. Hopefully they will continue to stay in Singapore and maybe move into their multi million dollar 60 year lease hold retirement complex in Jln Jurong Kechil and continue to believe that no other place on earth is better.

    That will keep things awesome and great for people who are actually planning to retire in Malaysia...Cost of living will remain low and the Malaysians will remain friendly and warm

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyenergix View Post
    More well-heeled foreigners coming in to retire will push up the cost of living and jam the place.
    Pretty myopic.....

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