Population: 21.8 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Major languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam
Major religions: Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism
Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 74 years (women)
Monetary unit: 1 ringgit (RM) = 100 sen
Main exports: Electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, chemicals, palm oil, wood and wood products, rubber, textiles
Average annual income: US $3,380
Internet domain: .my
International dialling code: +60
|Malaysia is a very
pleasant place to live in. People are so nice and friendly, and you can
enjoy all the modernity, at a very reasonable price.
Around 45% of Malays (Muslim), 45% of Chinese and 10% of Indians.
Take the taxi to move around (very unexpensive)
Currency: Ringgit RM online currency converter by Oanda
Weather: 2 'seasons' online weather in Malaysia by Yahoo
All year long : temperatures between 23C and 34C, relative humidity 80 to 90%
- October to March : rainy season (with heavy but short rains)
- April to September : dry season (no rain but still very humid)
Appartment : in Kuala Lumpur:
- apartments : between RM1,000 and RM5,000
- house : between RM4,000 and RM10,000
(much cheaper outside KL)
Electricity : around RM130/month
Water and gaz : very cheap
Internet 56k : around RM20/month subscription (with Jaring or TmNet)
Bills payment : go to the Post Office (for phone, mobile and electricity)
Bank account : Maybank is fine
DON'T drink water tap, buy mineral water
Foreigner : 'Matsale'
Advice when you buy : bargain systematically, try what you buy and check the guaranty
English spoken almost everywhere in KL
- local average : RM1,500/month
- teacher: around RM2,000/month
- senior lecturer : around RM4,000/month
- CSNE / VIE : around FF12,000/month
Income Tax: around 15% of your income
Retirement scheme: EPF, not compulsory but very advisable
Where to buy ?
WANG (shopping center)
IMBI (computer shopping center)
(Petrona Twin Towers)
PYRAMID (shopping center)
Where to eat ?
Where to go out ?
There is a district around the Hard Rock Cafe, on the Jalan Sultan Ismail (intersection with Jalan P. Ramlee) with many brand new discos and bars:
and many more ...
Where stay (long term) ?
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4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur
What to do ?
fresh air ! Temperature is around 25C.
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