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From its location at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor Bahru is little more than a stone’s throw north to Singapore. Living in Johor Bahru is a practical way to enjoy all that Singapore has to offer without breaking the bank. Connected by rail and road, the two cities share a dependent economy.
Foreigners living in Johor Bahru can take advantage of both worlds, enjoying the low Malaysian cost of living and the rich cultural diversions of Singapore, just as Singapore shoppers flock to Johor Bahru to take advantage of and more than half of Johor Bahru’s men and women head to workplaces in Singapore every day, taking advantage of the higher wages.
Younger expats will find that Johor Bahru offers a great deal, as well, especially those who have children. Good international schools, plenty of playgrounds, and a proliferation of theme parks make family life good here. People living here are among the friendliest in the world, too—another reason to consider Johor Bahru for your new home.
Malaysia has a stable economy and a democratic government. It is considered one of the most foreigner-friendly countries in the world, in fact foreigners are encouraged to move here, and the local people are genuinely friendly and welcoming.
Johor Bahru offers a high quality of life and a developed infrastructure. Overall, the cost of living is comparable to that in Kuala Lumpur, meaning it is slightly higher than elsewhere in Malaysia but still very affordable for retirees with a moderate income.
The huge, ecologically friendly Iskandar Malaysia development has attracted a lot of money and attention, which has translated to a corresponding rise in the value of housing and land. The project is still in the early stages, and an investment in property in Johor Bahru’s growing suburbs might be timely.
Due to the climate, which is warm and humid year-round, there is a huge variety of fruits and vegetables grown locally. Expats who make the effort to shop in local markets will make significant savings on their grocery bill. Eating out can be as economical as staying home in Johor Bahru, with a wide range of fresh and healthy dishes available for just a few dollars.
Johor Bahru is also a Malaysian manufacturing hub, meaning goods such as furniture, clothing and electronics can be picked up for a bargain price.
|Gas||RM 15||Used for cooking.
|Electricity||RM 400||Air conditioning used most days and at night.
|Water||N/A||Included with electricity.
|Telephone||RM 75||Prepaid cellphone, 60-minute overseas call per month plus local calls.
|Internet||RM 69||Unlimited access.
|Cable TV||RM 125|
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