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A guide to living and working in Malaysia

Health insurance for Malaysia

Malaysia has a highly rated health care system, particularly in larger cities like Kuala Lumpur, with a WHO ranking of 49 for Overall Health System Performance. Facilities in more rural areas may be below the standard of city hospitals.

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Recommended vaccinations

Knowing you and your loved ones have the necessary vaccinations gives you peace of mind when relocating to another country. Before you travel, ensure that your routine vaccinations, such as MMR, tetanus, and polio are up-to-date, and to be vigilant for any developing symptoms.

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Finding employment

Malaysia’s economy is one of the most successful in Asia. Its recently industrialised market economy consists of two key sectors: international trade and manufacturing. There has also been a recent shift in employment statistics towards the services sector.

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Tips for your new working life

With a fast-growing economy and reputation for welcoming expatriates in the workplace, Malaysia ranks 18th out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey in 2016.

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Business Etiquette and building relationships

With its plethora of nationalities all living and working together, Malaysia is something of a cultural melting pot. It's important to keep abreast of the various aspects of business etiquette and local customs to be successful in your business endeavours.

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Culture and climate

With its access to modern amenities and richly multicultural society, adjusting to life in Malaysia shouldn't be too arduous for expats wishing to make a home there.

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Calculating the cost of living

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Malaysia is 42% lower than in the UK, and low compared to neighbouring Asian countries such as the notoriously expensive Singapore. However, particular items tend to be more expensive than in the West due to high sales tax – particularly alcohol, cigarettes, or luxury items.

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Finding ways to save money

The cost of living in Malaysia is undoubtedly higher than in some other places, but small ways to save money can soon add up.

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If you’re considering buying a home

There are a wide variety of properties available in Malaysia, from bungalows set in their own area of land, to new-build condominiums or terraced houses. New condominiums or properties in gated communities such as those in Delsa City Park are now in high demand, overtaking the previous demand for bungalows with land.

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