2014-Malaysia listed as the third best place to retire!
“There is a program that allows non-Malaysians to stay in Malaysia on a social visit pass for 10 years. Called Malaysia my Second Home, it’s automatically renewable for an additional 10 years when it expires.”
Why MM2H is so special? Find out here..
Living/Retire in Malaysia
Full name: Federation of Malaysia. The Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia ( West Malaysia) and the states of Sarawak and Sabah in the island of Borneo (East Malaysia).
Population: 29.3 million ( 2012 est).
Capital: Kuala Lumpur.
Location: Located in Southeast Asia.
Government: Parliamentary Democracy.
Major religions: Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism.
Major languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam.
Main exports: Electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, chemicals, palm oil, wood and wood products, rubber, textiles.
Internet domain: .my
International dialling code: +60
Malaysia is a multicultural country. Malaysia is composed essentially of three major ethnic which is Malays, Chinese and Indians. In addition there are also ethnic in Sabah; Sarawak, such as the Sarawak Kadazan, Iban tribe and so on. Population of Malaysia is roughly 26.01 million; consist of Malay 54.6%, Chinese 24.6%, Indian 7.3%, others 7.8%. Malaysia government is emphasis on greening the country; so far still retain many of the hills, forests. Malaysia’s East Coast, Sabah and Sarawak have splendid beaches, crystal clear waters, as well as the spectacular cave system. Research found, Malaysia is one of the favorite holiday destinations for foreigners. The only season Malaysia has is summer, it is a sunny place. Following will introduce you some major cities in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia , commonly referred as KL. Size of the land area is about 243 square kilometers (94 square miles), population of about 160 million people. Kuala Lumpur is located in the Malaysia west coast peninsula, surrounded by Selangor. Federal government was once located at Kuala Lumpur. In year 1999, it moved to Putrajaya. Some of the government department is still located in Kuala Lumpur (such as the Department of Defense). Kuala Lumpur is one of the most important cities; Kuala Lumpur playing an important role in cultural, financial and economic in Malaysia. One of the famous shopping districts in Kuala Lumpur was Bukit Bintang. Well known shopping complex such as Sungei Wang Plaza, Lot 10, Fahrenheit Square , Pavilion. Some of the landmark such as the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower), Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka), National Palace (Istana Negara), Batu Caves.
Penang Island, also known as Penang, (Malay: Pulau Pinang), is one of the thirteen federal states in the northwest side of the Malayan peninsula. Penang is also the country’s third largest city; after the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and the South continued trade portal Johor Bahru. February 22, 2013, Yahoo announced the world’s eight most liveable cities after retirement, Penang was chosen as number fourth, and Penang was the only city in Asia. After the British expedition, in year 2013; Penang also honor to an award of Best Urban Council by European country. There are plenty of places in Penang is famous; such as the new Gurney (Gurney Drive), St. Anne Catholic Church, Penang National Park), Komtar square – the tallest building in Penang, Strait Quay. Penang landmark, betel law bazaar (Chowrasta Market), Penang Escape theme Park, snake Temple, butterfly Park, Toy Museum, War Museum.
Malacca ( Malay: Melaka), known as the ancient city . Malacca is located in the southwest of the Malaysia Peninsula , look into the distance to Indonesia Sumatra, northern part connected to Negeri Sembilan , the eastern and southern part connected to Johor. Land area about 1,650 square kilometers, population of about 730,000. Two main economic pillars in Malacca were tourism and manufacturing. Malacca known as the ancient city is because they still retain those colonial buildings, it has become the attractions. Example like San Diego city gate: The Portuguese built in year 1511, it was destroyed during the invasion of the Netherlands. In year 1808, Sir Stamford Raffles interference , the British gave up plans to destroy it. St John’s Castle: built by the Dutch in the 18th century , to against threat from inland rather than the sea, so the castle’s cannon is pointing inland. St. Peter’s Church: built in 1710 during the reign of the Netherlands, is the oldest Catholic church in Malaysia. The facade is decorated combine Eastern and Western architectural styles. Church bells was made in 1608 at Goa (Goa), and shipped to use here. Christ Church: Built in 1753, reflecting the Dutch architectural style. Christ Church’s pew was handmade, with seamless skylights, a copper replica of the Bible , a cornerstone with Armenian writing , and a replica of ” Last Supper”. Jalan Hang Jebat / Jonker Street: is famous with antique, government has transform it to “cultural street” night market .
Johore ( Malay: Johor), the capital is Johor Bahru ( Malay: Johor Bahru). Located in Southern of Malaysia, and also the southernmost tip of the Asian continent , east facing the South China Sea, west facing across the Straits of Malacca and Sumatra, Indonesia , south across the Straits of Johore, and right next to Singapore. Land area of 19,984 square kilometers in Johor, ranked fifth in the Federation of Malaysia; second ranked in population of 3,385,000. One of the famous places is Sungai Rengit, known as SiWan Island as well. Desaru, Johore coastline, one of the famous places for tourist. During weekends or public holidays in Singapore, it would attract a lot of bike rider or visitors from Singapore.The Legoland, which is Asia’s first Legoland, 76-acre park and it has over 40 rides. Opening in September 15th 2012, in 2013, they build a brand new water theme park. In 2014, Legoland hotel themepark will officially open. Iskandar Malaysia, early was known as South Johore Economic Zone ( Malay : Wilayah Pembangunan Iskandar, referred WPI), after changing its name in the Iskandar special economic zones ( Malay : Iskandar Development Region), finally formalized naming Iskandar Malaysia. This program announced by the Malaysian government in 2006, to implement a large-scale regional economic development plan together with Johor and Singapore. This program has been described as Special Economic Zone like Hong Kong, Shenzhen.