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14 April 2016
Overall impression

There are certain advantages and disadvantages.
Seaside it is all around, resorts can be reached by bus or plane.

Attitude to foreigners

Don’t know how it is for Caucasians, but I’ve been mistaken for Chinese a lot of times, being from Central Asia,. Sometimes I even am spoken to in Chinese. It is hard for me to rent accommodation due to the racism of the Chinese, who refuse to rent out to me, once they realize, that I am not Chinese.

Impression of local population

Veeeeery slow… The nation rots from the head with the local government practically propagating racism, so the local Malays, Chinese and Indians are usually friendly only towards their own. One can rarely see a Chinese drinking coffee at the same table as an Indian or Malay. Islam is propagated all around. Fanatically.

Climate

Moist, hot. Summer year-round. Rainy season.

Education

Varied, there are expensive universities and free state universities. Quality tends to be proportional to the price.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Healthcare is very expensive without insurance. An initial examination by a doctor costs an average of 200 ringgit. However, the quality is high, modern equipment, etc.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

Many speak English, but it is very different from that spoken in the USA or Great Britain. Sometimes it is hard to understand if you are being spoken to in English or not, and then you will be asked a humiliating question: “Do you speak English?”. The local language is called Manglish. The locals have a habit of adding "la", "ma", "leh" at the end of a sentence, e.g. "Ok la", "Can la?". Do not expect British English from the locals :) Their language will take some getting used to.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

Public transport is undeveloped, thus it is difficult without your own car or motorbike. There are passenger trains, subway, monorail and buses here, but all are limited. It is said, that the government doesn’t develop public transport so that the locals would buy locally-produced cars. I got lucky in that my home is one station away from my office and both are on the same line, making getting around very cheap.
Going abroad: possibilities include Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Alcohol and cigarettes are very expensive. A 250 ml can of Heineken costs around 10 ringgit, a pack of smokes – around 12 ringgit. Entertainment for foreigners is twice more expensive than for the locals on average. For example, a ticket to the zoo or the bird garden costs around 20 ringgit for locals and 50 for foreigners. Speaking of food, bread is expensive here (locals hardly eat it), as well as cheese, but rice is cheap.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

There are many jobs in IT, especially since there is a local Silicon Valley with IBM, Google, Facebook, etc.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Prices start at 300$ (in the worst neighborhoods) and rise forever. A condominium with decent amenities will be around 1500$ in the center of the capital.

Crime

Average. Has grown considerably lately.

Women \ men (for dating)

It is best to meet with foreigners.

Internet access (availability, price)

Wi-fi can be found in a lot of places. Unity (local company, practically has a monopoly) provides a home solution, it costs 100 -150 ringgit, depending on the package. Foreigners also need to make various deposits. Another way is to buy a 4G modem.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

The economy seems good. A disadvantage is the 26% tax for non-residents (compared to the 5% tax for residents).

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