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Pros and Cons of Living in Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 10, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Malaysia are that it is a culturally diverse country with a rich history, a tropical climate, and a wide variety of activities and attractions to explore. The cost of living is relatively low, and the country is well-connected with excellent transportation links. Additionally, the healthcare system is well-developed and the education system is highly regarded. The cons of living in Malaysia are that the air quality can be poor in some areas, and the country is prone to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Additionally, the crime rate is higher than in some other countries, and the political system is not as stable as in some other countries.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Malaysia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Malaysia responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the low cost of living in Malaysia, as well as the diverse culture and cuisine. They also enjoy the tropical climate and the fact that English is widely spoken. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the bureaucracy and red tape in Malaysia to be frustrating, as well as the lack of reliable public transportation. Additionally, the humidity can be oppressive for some," explained one expat living in Malaysia.

"There are multiple racial cultures, very positive experience regarding diverse life styles: customs, foods, religious expressions," said one in Penang.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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