Working and Living in Malaysia

Working and Living in Malaysia

Working in Malaysia

German-speaking jobs for emigrants, which can also be carried out in Malaysia, are available on the Osourced portal. Native speakers in particular are in great demand. According to countryvv, the employers come mainly from Germany and DACH. The wages are usually below the German level but above the local level in Malaysia. Emigrants with German language skills benefit from a locally above-average wage with low cost of living at the same time (geo-arbitrage). Tip: Emigrants can still apply for a job in Germany. With a job offer, emigrating is much easier.

Long Term Social Visit Pass

This pass can be issued for a temporary stay in Malaysia for a minimum of 6 months. An extension is possible if necessary, but must also be requested in advance. However, the pass is not valid for work stays. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Service website at imi.gov.my

Short Term Social Visit Pass

This pass is issued for stays such as:

  • Audit of company accounts
  • Participation in seminars
  • Students taking an exam at a university
  • Participation in sports competitions

For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Service website at imi.gov.my

Employment Pass

This is a process for issuing ID cards to expatriates (skilled workers) that have been approved by the Expatriate Committee (EC) or the relevant regulatory authorities. The process is a little easier if you run it through an international company that wants to employ you. The pass is valid for the length of employment. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Service website at imi.gov.my

Visitor’s Pass (Temporary Employment)

This pass is also valid for foreign applicants in the plantation, agriculture, construction and services sectors. The application must be approved by the local Ministry of Interior Admissions Center in Malaysia. The employer then applies for the Visa with Reference (VDR) and the visitor ID for temporary work. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Service website at imi.gov.my

Visit Pass (Professional)

The Visit Pass Professional is issued to foreigners who want a specific professional visit to Malaysia for a short period of time (maximum 12 months). This applies, for example, to jockeys, volunteers, international students in commercial training, actors or producers. The application for a permit must be submitted before entering the country. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Service website at imi.gov.my

Student pass

Anyone wishing to complete any level of education in Malaysia must apply for a student ID at the Immigration Service. This applies to state / private schools, public / private higher education institutions, language centers or training centers of the Skills Development Department. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Service website at imi.gov.my

MM2H visa

Another way of immigration offers M alaysia M y Second H ome (MM2H) visa. A mediator officially approved by the Malaysian government, who can accelerate the process, is recommended. This also acts as a so-called “sponsor” who issues security declarations to the immigration authorities.

Cost of living

Beverages, dairy products, and imported goods are quite expensive. In return, you can get fruit and vegetables quite cheaply. So after India the lowest cost of living in this greater region.

You would need around € 1,910.19 in Kuala Lumpur to maintain the standard of living that you could have in Berlin with € 3,700.00 (assuming you rent in the cities).

  • Consumer prices in Kuala Lumpur are 42.89% lower than in Berlin (excluding rent)
  • Consumer prices in Kuala Lumpur are 48.37% lower than in Berlin (including rent)
  • The rental prices in Kuala Lumpur are 60.89% lower than in Berlin
  • Restaurant prices in Kuala Lumpur are 59.25% lower than in Berlin
  • Food prices in Kuala Lumpur are 29.81% lower than in Berlin
  • The local purchasing power in Kuala Lumpur is 31.48% lower than in Berlin

Average cost of living in Kuala Lumpur (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)

Restaurant Ø € Price € Price from / to
Food, price w. restaurant 2.43 1.62-4.05
Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people. 16.18 10.11-37.42
Local beer, 0.5 l 3.03 1.62-5.06
Imported beer, 0.33 l 3.64 2.43-6.68
cappuccino 2.36 1.11-3.44
Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l) 0.54 0.40-0.81
Water (0.33 l) 0.29 0.20-0.40
Food Ø € Price € Price from / to
Milk (1 L) 1.36 1.01-1.62
White bread (500g) 0.67 0.51 – 1.01
Rice (white), (1kg) 0.77 0.49-1.42
Eggs (12) 1.21 0.73-1.82
Local cheese (1kg) 9.44 3.44-18.21
Chicken breast fillet (1kg) 2.37 1.42-4.05
Beef (1kg) or other red meat 7.36 3.03-12.14
Apples (1kg) 2.06 1.01-3.03
Bananas (1kg) 1.25 0.81-3.03
Oranges (1kg) 1.81 0.85-3.03
Tomatoes (1kg) 1.01 0.61-1.82
Potatoes (1kg) 0.78 0.36 – 1.21
Onions (1kg) 0.82 0.40 – 1.21
Lettuce (1 head) 0.84 0.57 – 1.01
Water (1.5 l) 0.47 0.30-0.61
Bottle of wine (middle class) 14.16 7.08-18.21
Local beer (0.5 l) 2.08 1.01-3.44
Imported beer (0.33 l) 3.09 2.02-4.05

Average costs for local transport, utilities, clothing, leisure, education of Kuala Lumpur (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)

Mode of Transport Ø € Price € Price from / to
One-time ticket 0.61 0.40-0.81
Monthly pass 20.23 20.23-30.34
Taxi base amount 0.81 0.61 – 1.01
Taxi 1 km 0.61 0.30-1.01
Ancillary housing costs Ø € Price € Price from / to
for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc. 44.46 30.34-75.86
1 minute prepaid mobile tariff 0.06 0.02-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL) 25.07 18.21-32.37
Clothes, shoes Ø € Price € Price from / to
Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 44.71 17.19-70.80
Summer dress (Zara, H&M,… 27.01 10.11-40.46
Nike sports shoes, middle class 57.59 30.34-91.03
Leather business shoes 59.07 30.34-101.14
leisure time Ø € Price € Price from / to
Fitness center, month / adult 33.46 20.23-46.53
Tennis, 1 hour on weekends 6.52 3.03-10.11
a movie ticket 3.64 3.03-4.05
training Ø € Price € Price from / to
Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child 148.82 70.80-303.43
International primary school per year and child 7,070.33 3,600.71 – 16,789.82

To rent

The rents are also relatively low. For 250 to 400 euros you get z. B. in Penang a super-equipped 3-room apartment with pool and all amenities such as security, gym, etc.

Average rental prices / purchase and salaries of Kuala Lumpur (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)

Monthly rental price Ø € Price € Price from / to
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center 428.49 242.74-606.86
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center 249.32 161.83-364.12
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center 734.00 404.57-1,314.87
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center 435.58 242.74-708.00
Purchase price of apartments Ø € Price € Price from / to
Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase 2,434.75 1,741.92 – 3,919.32
Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase 1,201.55 762.09 – 1,741.92
wages Ø € Price € Price from / to
Average monthly salary (after taxes) 862.11

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