Coun­try tops ‘In­ter­na­tional Living’ mag­a­zine’s list

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MALAYSIANS can take pride in In­ter­na­tional Living

mag­a­zine’s recog­ni­tion of the coun­try’s health­care sys­tem.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts paid off when Malaysia was rated as hav­ing the best health­care sys­tem in the world.

“This recog­ni­tion from In­ter­na­tional Living mag­a­zine was also pub­lished in the CNBC news web­site.

“The mag­a­zine re­ported that Malaysia had some of the best doc­tors in Asia and the ma­jor­ity re­ceived their train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion from around the world,” he said in a post on his blog, na­ji­brazak.com, yes­ter­day.

In the post, which also dis­played a photo of a 1Malaysia Clinic, Na­jib said Malaysian doc­tors spoke flu­ent English and that en­cour­aged pa­tients from for­eign coun­tries to seek treat­ment here.

He said health­care was an im­por­tant field be­cause it de­ter­mined the peo­ple’s wel­fare and coun­try’s har­mony.

“Without good and qual­ity health­care, the peo­ple’s lives and coun­try’s ad­min­is­tra­tion will be af­fected.

“Healthy peo­ple can main­tain pro­duc­tiv­ity and gen­er­ate na­tional econ­omy.

“That is the rea­son the gov­ern­ment stresses on health­care, so that Malaysians en­joy high-qual­ity health­care.”

Ev­ery year, Na­jib said, the gov­ern­ment pro­vided a huge sub­sidy to en­able the peo­ple to re­ceive the best health­care ser­vice.

“Not only that, the gov­ern­ment is al­ways think­ing of ways to make sure the ser­vice reaches all cor­ners of the coun­try and all walks of life, in ur­ban or rural ar­eas.

“That is why we have the 1Malaysia Mo­bile Clinic,” he said.

Malaysia My Sec­ond Home (MM2H) Pro­gramme se­nior as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Datin Shar­i­fah Ikhlas said af­ford­able living and har­mony in the coun­try were also the main at­trac­tions for peo­ple who con­sider re­tir­ing here.

She said peo­ple mainly looked at four fac­tors, namely, cost of living, cli­mate, cul­ture and fa­cil­i­ties when plan­ning their re­tire­ment des­ti­na­tions.

She said Malaysia was the pre­ferred re­tire­ment desti­na­tion by Bri­tons, Aus­tralians, Danes, In­di­ans, South Kore­ans and Rus­sians.

“We will use this lat­est rank­ing in In­ter­na­tional Living as a pro­mo­tional tool for MM2H as it puts us on the world map.”

MM2H pro­gramme agency Con­sen­sus­biz Sdn Bhd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Daisy Ong Danker said the agency re­ceived the most in­ter­est from Bri­tons, In­done­sians and Sin­ga­pore­ans.

“Many re­tirees ex­pe­ri­ence bet­ter qual­ity living in terms of health­care, cli­mate, cul­tural di­ver­sity and har­mo­nious living en­vi­ron­ment here,” Danker said.

She said among other things, the cur­rency, friendly na­ture of Malaysians and health­care sys­tem are mag­nets for for­eign­ers.

A 1Malaysia Clinic in Kuala Lumpur.

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