With Malaysia offering everything that an expat can desire, such as white beaches, a multicultural environment, and abundant job opportunities, more and more people are moving to Malaysia. But when you immigrate to Malaysia, there are loads of things you have to consider before you can actually take the plunge of starting your new life in this South-East Asian nation. Join us when we go through all the major hurdles regarding your move to Malaysia.
Malaysia has three major ethnic groups which are the Bumiputera, the Chinese and the Indians. Besides that, there are several smaller ethnicities. Living with so many different backgrounds in one country makes that Malaysia has a very diverse culture. Take for instance religion. Even though Islam is the most popular religion (with more than 60% of the population being Muslim), there are large minorities adhering to religions such as Buddism( +/- 20%), Christianity (+/- 10%), Hinduism (+/- 7%) and many other smaller religions such as for example Chinese folk religion.
But religion is not the only thing that makes Malaysia a diverse country. Due to a long history with European nations, Malaysia is part of many trade routes and has, for example, an extraordinary cuisine, influenced by flavors from many other countries.
When you are moving to Malaysia from the USA or any other country, you are in for a treat. With everything that an expat could ask for, Malaysia is waiting for you.
Before you start planning your move to Malaysia, you need to know at least some basic info. In the table below you can find all the key facts you need to know before setting off on your journey.
|Timezone||In Malaysia, there is only 1 time zone: UTC8|
|Currency||Ringgit (RM) (MYR)|
|Population||Malaysia has a population of about 32 million|
|How do you call someone from Malaysia?||Malaysian|
|Official language||The official language is Malaysian. English has the status of official language as well.|
|International dialing code||+60|
|Emergency number||999 (for police and ambulance) 994(fire department) 112 (when calling from a mobile phone)|
|Unusual fact||Malaysia is home to the largest roundabout in the world. The roundabout has a diameter of 3.2 km.|
When you are moving to Malaysia, it is obvious that many things will be different from your life back home. Let’s look at some of the things that other expats before you ran into when relocating to, for example, Kuala Lumpur.
Visas for Malaysia can be divided into two groups: Short term (up to 90 days) and Long term (90+ days)
In Malaysia, there is both public and private healthcare. The conditions of healthcare institutions are very good as medical tourism is a viable source of income for Malaysia.
Keep in mind that, even though healthcare is cheaper than in most Western nations, it is highly recommended to take out sufficient additional insurance. This way you will never have any unpleasant surprises after being sick or injured.
The school system in Malaysia is similar to that in many countries, as you can see in the table below.
After graduating from school, you can go on to study at one of the tertiary education facilities in the country, such as universities and colleges. The quality of Malaysian universities is recognized worldwide and nowadays you can find many international students at these universities. Besides quality, studying at a Malaysian university is also a budget-friendly alternative to many universities in Europe or the USA.
It is important to know that before you can actually work in Malaysia, you need to have expat status. To achieve this, you need to have a job offer with a minimum of two years. This means that you need to find employment before you can relocate.
The Malaysian job market is quite competitive but in fields such as communication, science, and tourism, there are many opportunities to find a secure job that pays enough. Besides this, there are many big international companies active in Malaysia. When you are already working for one, exploring the options for relocation within your company is a good option.
Property prices in Malaysia are quite affordable compared to prices in surrounding countries and to prices in, for example, in Europe. Rent prices start at about $150 for a room with prices $500-1000 for a 2 bedroom apartment, depending on the area. Utility bills are usually not included in the rent. Public transport in Malaysia is very cheap and widely available, so also check out how long your commute will take before deciding on a place to live. Unfurnished apartments are cheaper so you can save money when bringing your own. With the help of Eurosender, you can send not only tables and chairs, but your carpet, coffee or tea maker, or even your motorcycle as well.
The two most frequent questions we get at Eurosender regarding moving to Malaysia are:
The cost of moving house Malaysia depends on a few things. The volume and size of the items you want to ship, the pick-up and delivery address and the delivery date. When you choose the services of Eurosender, you can be confident that you benefit from the lowest average moving costs to Malaysia. With our huge network of logistics companies, such as DB Schenker, DPD, DSV, Kuehne + Nagel, and DHL, we can provide you with the cheapest and most reliable way to ship your household to your new life in Malaysia. Contact us for an individual offer and start planning your move today.
On average the cost of living is much lower than in most of the countries that surround it, such as for example Singapore, Japan (Tokio) and China(Bejing, Shanghai). Food, and especially local food, is surprisingly cheap and on top of that, there is a tradition of affordable street food. Things that you might want to take with you from the duty-free are cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and perfumes, as luxury items are subject to heavy taxes in Malaysia.
When coming from Europe or the USA, the situation on the roads in Malaysia may seem chaotic and dangerous. And that is true for the most part. In Malaysia, they drive on the left, which is a leftover from being a British colony. Everything else is completely different. It is recommended to make a bunch of rides as a passenger before you go and sit behind the steering wheel yourself. We have compiled a short list with things that you should know in order to stay safe.
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