Did you know that, according to a HSBC Group survey, Malaysia ranks among top 3 countries in the world where expatriates felt at home?
Malaysia is an ideal expat destination in South-East Asia that provides a fantastic melange of landscapes, cultures, ethnicity and cuisines. Endowed with bustling business centres, skyscrapers and world-class entertainment on one side and exotic beaches, tranquil tea plantations and lush jungles on the other side, Malaysia offers the best of both worlds.
Let go of your initial jitters and follow our 3 practical tips that will help you with your relocation in Malaysia.
Explore the Neighbourhood
It’s natural to feel lost, in a new country. To gain ground you’ll have to first familiarise yourself with your area of residence and work. Make it a point to go around and explore the neighbourhood. Acquaint yourself with the grocery store, pharmacy, hospital, school, park, worship places and entertainment spots in the vicinity.
Traveling around would not be a hassle as Malaysia is well connected with buses, trains, monorails and light rail transport systems. Even cabs are aplenty and relatively less expensive when compared to most other countries. You can also use mobile apps such as Grab and Easytaxi for cabs.
According to Expat Explorer survey, 53% of expats felt that socialising and making friends helped them settle faster.
Get out of your shell and socialise with the locals to gain insights about regular life in Malaysia. Learning the local culture and language would give you the much needed edge in getting things done, thus helping you settle down quickly. Signup with associations/ clubs that provide networking support to expats.
Understand the Remittance & Forex scenario
In 2015, expats in Malaysia remitted over RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 34.75 billion, which was a whopping 23.2% increase from remittance value in 2014. In order to provide better standards of living for their dear ones, expats send money back home on a regular basis. However, with the increase in the number of financial scams, it’s imperative to ensure you safeguard your hard earned money from scam artists.
Be cautious and send money only through ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified providers of money transfer service in Malaysia. Several remittance and forex companies such as UAE Exchange provide safe, secure and instantaneous remittance services. With over three decades experience in forex services, UAE Exchange offers you best deals in currency exchange rates in Malaysia.
So, what are your tips to live expat life in Malaysia to the fullest?