Showing the bias of our perspective, we refer to Malaysia as Asia's Panama. That is to say, this country is a regional and a global hub--for trade, for business, for cultures.
The cost of living is affordable (though Thailand is cheaper).
Kuala Lumpur is clean, efficient, and well functioning, with shopping, restaurants, and all the other trappings of a modern metropolis. For this reason, it attracts big numbers of expats both from all over Asia and, to a lesser extent, the West.
Malaysia in general welcomes foreign retirees with its My Second Home program, making retiree residency easy to obtain.
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