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Pros and Cons of Living in Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 17, 2022

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Malaysia. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Malaysia

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What are the pros and cons of living in Malaysia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Malaysia responded:

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

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What do expats in Malaysia appreciate most about the local culture?

"Friendliness, kindness, neighbors often help neighbors when you are sick, or sad. They will cook and bring you food. So kind and loving! We do the same for our neighbors," added another person living in Seremban 2.

"The opportunity to travel, to earn more money and give my children different opportunities," explained one expat living in Kuala Lumpur.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Well, I only speak English. Fortunately, my wife speaks Tamil, Malay, English, and a few other languages. So she is tremendously helpful in every way," said another expat in Seremban 2.

"Missing friends. Trying to drive around this city, which is such a congested nightmare on complicated roads," remarked another in Kuala Lumpur.

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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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