KL, JB among most liv­able cities in S.E. Asia

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Mercer ’s 19th an­nual Qual­ity of Liv­ing rank­ing for this year names Kuala Lumpur and Jo­hor Baru among the top three best liv­able cities in South­east Asia.

Kuala Lumpur was ranked sec­ond, while Jo­hor Baru was the third best city in the re­gion in the global sur­vey.

The sur­vey, which was re­leased on Tues­day, saw Kuala Lumpur ranked 86th glob­ally, just be­hind Taipei, which was ranked 85th, in the over­all best qual­ity of liv­ing cat­e­gory in­volv­ing 231 cities.

This time, two cat­e­gories were listed in the sur­vey — the best city in­fra­struc­ture and the best qual­ity of liv­ing. For the first time, Sin­ga­pore ranked first in the best city in­fra­struc­ture cat­e­gory.

Although the top 10 cities with the high­est qual­ity of liv­ing for ex­pa­tri­ates were mostly dom­i­nated by Euro­pean cities, Sin­ga­pore took the top spot in the cat­e­gory, fol­lowed by Frankfurt and Mu­nich in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively..

For the in­fra­struc­ture rank­ing, cities in South­east Asia were judged based on sev­eral cri­te­ria re­lated to qual­ity of liv­ing, such as re­li­able elec­tric­ity, drink­ing wa­ter, pub­lic trans­porta­tion ac­cess, mail ser­vice, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, air­port con­nec­tiv­ity and traf­fic con­ges­tion.

In last place was Port au Prince. For the over­all cat­e­gory, Vi­enna took first place for over­all qual­ity of liv­ing for the eighth con­sec­u­tive year. The top 10 were mostly Euro­pean cities, such as Zurich in sec­ond place and Mu­nich in fourth.

Multi­na­tional com­pa­nies use the sur­vey to de­sign ex­pa­tri­ate pack­ages.

The sur­vey looked at 10 ar­eas, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment, eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, hous­ing, health ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion.

Basel, a new­comer to the list, ranked 10th. The only non-Euro­pean cities in the top 10 were Auck­land in the third spot and Van­cou­ver in fifth.

While the high­est rank­ing cities in Asia and Latin Amer­ica were Sin­ga­pore in the 25th spot and Mon­te­v­ideo in 79th re­spec­tively.

Malaysia fell a lit­tle be­hind, with Kuala Lumpur oc­cu­py­ing the 86th place and Jo­hor Baru 103rd place.

Other cities in the Qual­ity of Liv­ing sur­vey in­clude Bangkok, which ranked fourth in the re­gion and 131st glob­ally; Manila ranked fifth in South­east Asia and 135 glob­ally; and, Jakarta ranked sixth in the re­gion and 143rd glob­ally.

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