Malaysia

Why Malaysia Could Be A Good Choice For Immigration

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country with some parts from Malay Peninsula and from the Borneo Island. This country is famous for its scenic beaches, dense rainforests and cultural influences. Each and every time you visit this country there is always something new to discover as said by many tourists. Kuala Lumpur, is the capital city of Malaysia with ancient and beautiful colonial buildings, colorful markets, crowded shopping districts and mesmerizing skyscrapers. The standard of living in this country is affordable and is known as better place to live. It has several parks, natural reserves, coral reefs, mangroves and tidal flats. This country is a food paradise. Malaysia is surrounded by beautiful countries like Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia. In the northern part it has Vietnam and Thailand. These are some of the most scenic countries just short flight away from Malaysia.

Till the previous year, millions of immigrant reached Malaysia. The reason behind this is Malaysia has one of the biggest economies in Southeast Asia, as well as this is a fascinating destination for workers in the need of better wages and employment from neighboring countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Singapore, etc. It takes a lot to move from one country to another, from one culture to another. But moving to a country that encourages foreigners, gives accommodation and makes it so much easier to stay. This nation is rich in culture, fantastic people with excellent cuisine. This is one of the less populated countries in the Asian continent. Therefore you will explore untouched countryside where you can find rain forests, tropical islands, hilly regions and beaches where you can relax. Here you can also enjoy a vast range of flora and fauna. Living overseas is not an easy task.

Traveling information:

Travelers who want to enter Malaysia must complete the vaccination with a booster dose for COVID-19 recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Also download, register and activate the MySejahtera App. Fill the details carefully, including travel details and vaccination information. Before your departure keep your proof of vaccination with you as well as upload it on the vaccination check portal. Adults, aged 18 years or above required to take a COVID-19 RTPCR test or antigen rapid test. Partially or non vaccinated persons need to take COVID-19 test after arriving (within 24 hours) in this country.  Keep tickets for any flight to Malaysia. There is no need to get health insurance to travel to this country. All the travelers need a confirm ticket unless they are Malaysian Permanent Resident, entry permit holder/the long term pass holder, issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Documents to show at the immigration: 

  • Vaccination certificate in MySejahtera application
  • Hard copy of vaccination card from your native country
  • Hard copy of vaccination exemption for travelers medically unfit for vaccination
  • You need a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and 2 blank pages.
  • Bank statement proving enough monetary funds.
  • A recent color passport size photo and a valid visa.
  • An onward or return flight ticket

For more travel advice please visit: https://faq.mysafetravel.gov.my/

How to immigrate:

Malaysia is a famous tourist destination and a better place to settle down. Millions of immigrants have taken refuge in this country. There are four main categories of migrants, migrants related to the local citizens, skilled workers, business persons and migrants living as refugees. This country offers student visa and work visa. Work visa has three categories, Employment Passes (EP), Professional Visa Passes (PVP) and Spouse Visa. To get the student visa, students must get the admission first for a full time course in any approved Malaysian University or educational institute. The University or Institute will get the student pass issued on the behalf of the migrant. Along with the visa approval letter from the University, migrant can apply for student visa. Employment Passes is for the migrant who got a job in this country with more than RM 3,000 per month salary. This is valid for two years and can be extended. This is given to those who want to work on short term projects in this country maximum twelve months. Spouse visa is for those who have married a Malaysian citizen and want permission to enter and exit this nation numerous times upto 5 years.

 Documents required: 

  • Photocopy of passport showing that it is valid for at least one year
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Copy of the offer letter from the Institute or work place
  • Completed and signed visa application form
  • IELTS/TOEFL test results
  • Attested copies of secondary and post secondary qualification

For more information please visit: https://www.immigrationworld.com/malaysia/how-to-migrate-to-malaysia/

People:

Citizens of Malaysia are called Malaysians. Malaysians are of mixed race population. This nation is a multi cultural society. The main ethnic groups are Malays, Chinese and Indians. After roaming around in this country you experience the ethnicities that retain their culture, religion, customs and lifestyle. The important festivals of these ethnic groups are public holidays. They are friendly and courteous people. They speak English and are easy to blend with. They just seem to be introvert, reserved and unfriendly but they are good to work with and they have qualities like helpful, polite and fun loving. If you visit here with free mind, you will not feel like you are in a different country as people are lively and live their life to the fullest. Most expats here are of Chinese and Indian decent with more than forty percent, Indonesians are more than ten percent, and other are approx. three percent. Religions followed here are Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Malaysian folk religion, Hinduism, etc. People here are open minded and there is no restrictions on following your own religion in this country. There are also people who are atheist or do not follow any religion but their population is less than one percent. Malaysia is also politically stable and a peaceful country with peace loving people.

Job offers:

The types of jobs that foreigners can apply to in Malaysia are IT professionals, Bankers or Financial advisers, Workers in Manufacturing/Production department, Construction, Engineers, Teachers, and you can find these jobs online. There are plenty of jobs available in this country but the salary is low compares to other countries. Portals like MYFuture Jobs, LinkedIn, WOBB and Hiredly, Tech in Asia, Indeed, hirestreet etc. are helping many expats to get jobs in Malaysia. Employment Pass Visa helps foreign nationals to take up work with the registered company in Malaysia. There are many brands in this country like Armani, Sephora, JW Marriot, Fahrenheit, etc, who are in continuous search of eligible and prompt employees. Malaysia is an economic hub and the job market is not saturated, so gradually you can get the job offer. Job market in this country is also expanding as new industries are blooming up. Highest paying jobs are Sales Director, HR Officer, Financial Officer, IT Specialist, Relationship manager, Finance Director and Plant Manager. It also depends on your skill levels in other fields. 

How to get a job: 

  • Check your skills to work in Malaysia
  • Educate yourself on the job market in Malaysia
  • Understand the common employment practices
  • Find job through online portals
  • Apply for job
  • Prepare for the interview
  • Apply for the work visa
  • Get ready to move

For more information please visit: https://www.jobstore.com/careers-blog/2019/07/19/7-easy-steps-to-find-jobs-in-malaysia-as-a-foreigner/

Unemployment rate:

The unemployment rate in Malaysia has gone down to 3.9% in the month of May 2022 from 4.5% in the last year. The jobless rate gone down as the economy got recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The number of jobless population declined from 12.4% from a previous year 637.7 thousand, whereas employment rate increased 3.4% to 15.90 million. Meanwhile, the labor force has risen  2.7% to 16.54 million. In the previous month the unemployment rate was also the same as 3.9%, the first time for the reading has fallen down from 4%, since the COVID-19 pandemic spread in early 2020. Unemployment rate is the share of labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. The job vacancy rate is rising, though the rate of increase has slowed from the previous quarter. According to a survey there are various factors, which contributes to the unemployment among people in Malaysia, due to lack of work experience, lack of skills, insufficient education levels and skills incompatibility to complete in the labor market, as declared by the Ministry of Finance. Joblessness causes workers to cope with financial hardships that affects relationships, families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://tradingeconomics.com/malaysia/unemployment-rate

Economy:

Malaysia’s economy is the third largest economy in the Southeast Asia in the terms of GDP per capita and is the thirty fourth largest in the world indicated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This economy is the twenty fifth most competitive in the world and is more competitive than Japan, France and Israel, according to the Global Competitiveness Report of 2021. People here enjoy a wealthy lifestyle compared to the other Asian countries after Singapore and Brunei. This is due to the fast growing export oriented economy, low Income Tax, low cost local food, transport fuel and fully subsidized single payer public healthcare. This nation has an industrialized market economy, which is open and state oriented economy. This economy is highly robust and diversified with the export value of hi-tech products. Malaysia exports the palm oil products globally, which has the second highest volume and value after Indonesia. Economy is dominated by the service sector with more than 54.77% contribution to the economy followed by the Industry with 35.93% contribution in the annual GDP of this country. The agricultural sector has less contribution than other sectors with 8.19%. Goods exported from Malaysia are Palm oil, liquefied natural gas, petroleum, machinery and equipments, semi conductor, electronics products, vehicles, and metal, rubber, wood and wood products. Imported items are Electrical products, machinery, chemicals, petroleum, plastics, vehicles, metal, Iron, and steel products.

For more information please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Malaysia

Renting and buying of real estate’s for foreigners:

Renting:

Renting a property may save more money than buying a property. The decision to rent or buy a property depends on the purpose of entering this country. If you are visiting for short term like for six months or a year or two, then renting a property will be beneficial. If you want to settle in this nation then you must think of buying a property in Malaysia.

Mostly expats live in private residential apartments called condo or condominiums. The benefits to rent a property are you can move away whenever you need to, no need to invest a huge chunk of savings for downpayment, new neighborhood whenever you change the residence. 

Documents:

  • Passport copy
  • Identity card
  • Proof of working in this country (Salary Slip)
  • Lease Papers

Buying:

Buying a property is a form of investment and you get the wholesome ownership over a property. Those planning to be in this country for the medium to long-term may consider buying. In the places other than the city centre, housing costs are comparatively lower, especially in the suburbs, surrounding prefectures and in other regions in Malaysia.

The cost of property in this country is very high; on the top of it there are mortgage payments, Stamp duty, Legal Fees, Valuation Fees, Mortgage Insurance (MRTA) and Real estate agent’s fees. Property prices are very high in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, whereas the cost is half the price in Pahang.

Documents:

  • Passport copy
  • Identity proof
  • Mortgage papers
  • Bank Statement

For more information please visit: https://www.propertyguru.com.my/property-guides/should-you-buy-or-rent-property-in-malaysia-17630

Climate:

Climate in Malaysia is equatorial as it is situated at just north of the equator; as a result it is humid, hot and rainy around the year. The climate of the Eastern region and the Peninsula is not same, as the climate on the Peninsula is affected by wind from the main land. Also climate change has affected this country like increasing sea levels, heavy rainfall, flooding risk and droughts. Malaysia has two monsoon seasons one is southwest monsoon starts from the last week of May and ends in September, and the other Northeast Monsoon from October to March. 

Local climates are affected by the mountain ranges all over Malaysia and climate can be categorized in to the highlands, the lowlands and coastal regions. The coastal areas have a sunny climate, temperature between 23°C to 32°C and rainfall from 10 to 30 cm in a month. The lowlands have similar temperature but with more rainfall and higher humidity levels. On the other hand, the highlands are cooler, wetter and shows variations in temperature. 

For more information please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Malaysia and https://www.travelonline.com/malaysia/weather.html

Languages:

Malaysia has more than one official, which are language Malay and English. The national language of Malaysia is Malay, it is spoken by more than 90% of the population, also known as Malaysian Malay. Malay is the mother tongue of the majority Malay ethnic group, which is the main ethnic group in Malaysia. The second official language is English, which is also widely spoken in this country. Malaysians also speak and understand Chinese and its dialects such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien, etc. A multitude of languages are used in this country as there are many minorities and immigrant from all over the world. Immigrants are English, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese and Russian. Minorities are Arabic, Telugu, Isan, Karen, Kurdish, Malayalam, Farsi, Thai, Tamil, Korean, Punjabi, Malayalam, etc. A small number of people here also speak a language called creoles, such as the Portuguese based Malaccan Creoles and Spanish based Zamboangueño Chavacano. 

Malaysian Sign Language, Selangor Sign Language and Penang Sign Language are another language used by the deaf and mute people in this country. In the field of education, no sign language is used, rather than this Manually Coded Malay is used Road signs, public hospitals, Notices and Campaigns, etc. are written in all the four languages, Official work is done mostly in English, also English is taught as first language in educational institutions. 

For more information please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Malaysia

Traffic:

Driving in Malaysia is possible for foreigners if they have valid International domestic driving license, which is also attested by the embassy of their native country and translated in English. Till 90 days they can use this license and after they have to get a Malaysian Driving License. Roads in this country are smooth and well maintained. Major city like Kuala Lumpur has traffic on road in the rush hours. In this city driving can be tough due to lots of traffic and complicated roads, but still it is possible to drive here. Rush hours are from 11 am to 2.30 pm and 4.45 pm to 7 pm on Monday to Thursday. On Friday the traffic is a bit heavier as some offices have longer lunch break than usual to allow Muslim Staff for prayer and let them attend the mosque for prayer (NAMAZ). In this country you can roam around in train, bus, taxi, car (rented or owned), etc. the first country, implementing the Electric Road Pricing System (ERP). Generally the speed limit for driving in this country is 60 km/hr. Many expressways have 110 km/hr but in some areas it is 80 to 90 km/hr speed limits. These limits are applied in all conditions weather, road and traffic. People ignoring these speed limits and caught speeding up will be charged, fine or face prosecution. Traffic runs on the left hand side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right hand side in Malaysia. The minimum legal age to drive and to get a driver’s license is 17 years. 

For more information please visit: https://diveintomalaysia.com/driving-in-malaysia/

Currency:

The currency of Malaysia is known as the Malaysian Ringgit. It is divided into 100 sen. It is abbreviated with the ringgit (RM) or MYR. Ringgit is issued by the Central Bank of Malaysia. The paper currency is in six denominations, RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100. There are also paper currencies which are discontinued but are legal and still in circulation RM2, RM60, RM600 (commemorative). Coins are available in 5, 10, 20, 50 sen. Coin of 1 sen is nowadays rarely used but is in circulation. The Singapore Dollar and the Brunei Dollar are also called ringgit in Malay, although nowadays Singaporean Dollar is commonly known as dollar in Malay. To differentiate between these three, the Malaysian currency is referred as Ringgit Malaysia, therefore the official abbreviation is RM. 

For more information please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_ringgit

 

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