Kuala Lumpur and George Town have been named among the world’s best places to retire by Live and Invest Overseas. In its 2017 Annual Overseas Retirement Index, which took into consideration a range of liveability factors, both Malaysian cities scored As, alongside Lisbon, Portugal and Abruzzo, Italy. Also in the list are Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang in Sabah, which scored B+ and B- respectively. The Index cited low cost of living, real estate affordability, good infrastructure and low crime rate as the major attractions for retirees to spend their golden years in Malaysia. What are your views?
This isn’t too far from the truth. I would presume that if you have a decent amount of savings, then KL or George Town would definitely be among the best places to retire. Housing is reasonably affordable, if you’re not particular about not living in a mansion. Transport is also arguably convenient, petrol isn’t expensive and cab rides are affordable. Food is in abundance for all types of budgets.
I would probably rank George Town higher than KL, in terms of convenience. KL is probably better suited for hardcore urbanites who enjoy malls and the creature comforts a city offers. George Town is a mixed bag. It still has all the bells and whistles one expects from city living and yet, retains old world charm.
The interesting thing is, this isn’t the first time that both KL and Penang have been included in these types of lists. This means that the authorities, love them or loathe them, are doing something right with respect to creating a desirable living environment that is safe, interesting and affordable. This also makes me wonder how many Malaysians who left the country are regretting it.
To me, cost of living and safety are first and foremost. And I strongly believe that these are two things that most cities in Malaysia can offer. Generally, we are not that afraid of walking around our neighbourhood after hours. Sure, snatch thefts occur now and then but usually, locals know which areas to avoid and how to minimise chances of being mugged. Also, medical costs here are among the cheapest in the world. I shudder to think of myself being subjected to an American-type healthcare system.
HUDA MD NOOR