Malaysia Overview


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Malaysia is a beautiful tropical country located in South East Asia, which is typically renowned to the world for its temperate climate and perfect beach weather for the most part of the year. Malaysia is located between Singapore and Thailand, with the former at its south and latter at the north.

Malaysia consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. The thirteen states are Selangor, Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Malacca, Johor and Kedah, while the federal territories consist of Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

With the abundance of land in Malaysia, property development is rampant especially in highly populated states and areas such as within Klang Valley in central Malaysia which include Kuala Lumpur and the central part of Selangor. The most expensive properties would be focused in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre which as of 2021 the most expensive property is priced at approximately RM3,000 psf.

The two other states within Malaysia which are also undergoing heavy development are Penang and Johor. The former is located beside Thailand, the latter Singapore. As of 2016 land on Penang Island is scarce, and the local government of Penang have enforced strict rulings to reduce property speculation in the state.

Property development in Johor as of 2016 focuses mainly on Iskandar Malaysia which is a redevelopment of the entire southern tip of Johor. Segregated into five zones, there will be zones for live, work, play, business and education, boasting only the best in technology and architecture.

Public transportation as of 2016 in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia comprises mainly of public busses, and railway transit. There are several different tracks, including the LRT, ERL, MRT and KTM.

The highway networks in Malaysia are comprehensive especially within the city of Kuala Lumpur. Amongst the most heavily travelled highways within the city is the Federal Highway, Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Duta-Ulu-Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) and Maju Expressway (MEX). There is also the North-South Highway which runs across Malaysia.

The property market in Malaysia has had its own ups and downs, but holds a steady growth nevertheless. New satellite cities are continuously being formed outward of Kuala Lumpur where the growth is the strongest, hence development of new highways and public transportation are also heaviest in these areas.

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Analysis & Comparison

Analysis and comparison of average transaction, for sale and for rent prices for landed, non-landed and commercial properties within Malaysia *

* To provide you the most accurate information some columns may appear as ‘Insufficient Data’ due to insufficient transactions in the area

Non-Landed Landed Commercial
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Avg For Sale Listing Price
Avg For Sale Listing Price(Psf)
Avg For Rent Listing Price
Avg For Rent Listing Price(Psf)

This is a representation of historical transaction prices within the neighbourhood, categorised by non-landed (condominium, serviced apartment, apartment), landed (townhouse, terrace, bungalow, semi-detached, house) and commercial (office, shop).

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* Data obtained from official source.

Cost of Living

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.50 RM 7.50 25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 85.00 RM 50.00 180.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 RM 14.00 18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 15.00 RM 13.00 20.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 20.00 RM 13.00 30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 11.89 RM 7.50 19.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.54 RM 2.00 6.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.45 RM 1.10 2.00
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 7.00 RM 5.60 7.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.85 RM 2.16 3.50
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.00 RM
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.37 RM 4.80 7.20
Local Cheese (1kg) 57.92 RM 18.00 86.44
Chicken Fillets (1kg) 22.47 RM 22.47 22.47
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 35.23 RM 30.00 39.00
Apples (1kg) 11.54 RM 6.30 16.00
Banana (1kg) 5.29 RM 3.99 13.00
Oranges (1kg) 11.11 RM 10.00 12.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.32 RM 3.99 4.96
Potato (1kg) 3.26 RM 2.49 4.50
Onion (1kg) 5.32 RM 3.00 12.00
Lettuce (1 head) 5.00 RM 2.30 5.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.83 RM 1.20 2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 RM 40.00 90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 14.55 RM 8.00 17.14
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 14.49 RM 14.00 15.40
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 17.50 RM 17.00 18.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.35 RM 1.80 4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 RM 45.00 121.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 RM 3.00 6.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.13 RM 2.00 6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16.50 RM 15.00 18.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.05 RM 1.75 2.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 135,000.00 RM 80,000.00 157,888.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 119,560.97 RM 118,000.00 123,971.50
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 200.66 RM 113.00 250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 RM 0.10 0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 136.63 RM 89.00 189.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 113.83 RM 80.00 150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.67 RM 10.00 20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 RM 15.00 20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 837.55 RM 700.00 1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,528.00 RM 15,600.00 40,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 268.62 RM 180.00 359.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 166.67 RM 100.00 200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 264.75 RM 180.00 319.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 262.43 RM 180.00 317.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,325.00 RM 1,000.00 1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 850.00 RM 500.00 1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,200.00 RM 1,600.00 2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,550.00 RM 1,100.00 2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,960.65 RM 5,381.96 10,763.91
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,051.09 RM 2,400.00 9,687.52
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,551.64 RM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.36 3.30 4.54

Quality of Life

Quality of Life Index: 113.03
Purchasing Power Index 39.94
Safety Index 45.93
Health Care Index 64.73
Climate Index 64.46
Cost of Living Index 35.72
Property Price to Income Ratio 11.77
Traffic Commute Time Index 36.44
Pollution Index 59.6
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